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Thunder returns to action Tuesday against Blake Griffin, Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers dominated the Thunder in their first meeting this season, but OKC players say both teams are much better now.
By John Rohde, Staff Writer, Published: February 21, 2011

LA applied the drubbing without the services of starting guard Baron Davis, who started the season out of shape and has since returned with far more fervor.

That night also was one of only 10 games this season when rookie sensation Blake Griffin did not finish with a double-double (18 points; nine rebounds).

It wound up being the only victory in the first 14 games for the Clippers, who have gone 20-22 since their 1-13 start.

“They've changed their whole season around,” Thunder veteran forward Nick Collison said. “You can almost throw that (first) game out the window. They'll be a difficult team to play. They have a lot of athleticism.”

The Thunder also has changed since its 3-3 start.

“We're a lot better now,” OKC forward Jeff Green said. “We had our mental lapses around that portion of the season.”

Brooks agreed with Green and added, “We're a much better team, but I think they are, too.”