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The Thunder leads the league in rebounding over the past six games. In Wednesday's win, Oklahoma City outrebounded the Jazz, 48-26. Four players nearly had double-doubles.

"Scottie (Thunder coach Scott Brooks) has been preaching in order to win we've got to get stops and get rebounds," said Jeff Green. "We're not the type of team that can just go out each game and outscore our opponent. Nick (Collison), Nenad (Krstic), KD (Kevin Durant) and myself have taken it upon ourselves that's it one shot and out."

PLAYING BETTER

Oklahoma City is 4-4 the last three weeks. The Thunder is 7-33, but that includes going 0-11 under Brooks in games decided by six points or less.

"Our record does not indicate who we are," Brooks said.

HIGH PRAISE

ESPN's David Thorpe, in his weekly rookie ratings, moved Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook up to No. 2, the highest Westbrook has been ranked all season.

Thrope wrote: "Westbrook is rapidly improving, and we can project him to be capable of running a terrific team one day. He also has the potential to be an All-Star. He has a long way to go as a shooter. Give credit to head coach Scott Brooks for letting Westbrook do what he does best on offense: rebound.

"Westbrook reminds me of a young Dwyane Wade, relentless on the glass with his effort, long arms, great timing and big hops. He's a rebounding difference-maker, something point guards usually aren't. Teams already tweak their game plan when preparing to face him, and he just turned 20 years old."

HIGH PRAISE II

Ian Thomsen praised Kevin Durant on Sports Illustrated's NBA Insider. Thomsen said Durant is still on the thin side but "stardom is trending his way. In a very short time, last year's NBA Rookie of the Year learned to let the game come to him instead of grabbing opportunities that aren't there... He no longer appears to be in a senseless hurry. He plays with more command."

INJURY UPDATE

Thunder forward Joe Smith (bruised knee) did not suit out for the second straight game. Utah forward Paul Millsap, who recently had a streak of 19 consecutive double-doubles, sat out with a bruised knee. Jazz guard C.J. Miles (ankle) also did not play.

FAST BREAK

The 38 free-throw attempts tied a season high. The Thunder drained a season-high 33 to finish 86.8 percent at the line... Robert Swift was available to play after sitting out Monday's game with food poisoning. Swift said he got ill after eating a dessert Sunday night at a New York City restaurant... Damien Wilkins and Chris Wilcox continue to sit on the bench, no longer part of an eight-man rotation... The Thunder is averaging 17.7 turnovers its last 10 games after averaging only 12.1 the first dozen games under Brooks... Veteran point guard Chucky Atkins, acquired in a trade a week ago, is now familiar with the playbook but isn't part of the rotation.


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: January 17, 2009

 

 
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