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News » Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2008-11-09

Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2008-11-09

Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2008-11-09

The three leading scorers for the Thunder going into the fifth game of the season Friday at Utah were the lottery picks from the last two drafts. Kevin Durant, Jeff Green and rookie Russell Westbrook were the only Oklahoma City players averaging in double figures.

Though those three represent a large part of the franchise's future, coach P.J. Carlesimo wasn't ready to read too much into the early trend.

"There's been so few games, and it's been so hard to get any sense of continuity of what's really going on," he said. "To be honest, I haven't looked at the cumulative stats yet. I've looked at field-goal percentages and turnovers, a couple of things like that, but I haven't even looked at who's scoring or who's getting what. We just have not settled in to any kind of predictable form yet."

Those team stats are considerably more jarring. The Thunder's shooting percentage through four games was just 40.6. Joe Smith is the only regular shooting better than 46.2 percent. The team was also giving up 16 turnovers per game.

"We're not executing on offense very well at all," Carlesimo said. "Turnovers are a major reason why. Beyond that we're shooting the ball very poorly. A lot of possessions we don't have shots, but when we do have good shots, we're not putting them in. It's disappointing right now. The defense right now is way ahead of the offense."

JAZZ 104, THUNDER 97: The night belonged to Jerry Sloan, who became the first coach in NBA history to win 1,000 games with the same team Friday. Sloan, in his 21st season, is also fourth on the all-time victories list.

Sixth man Andrei Kirilenko had 16 points and 12 rebounds, as the Jazz led by as much as 31 points before Oklahoma City mounted a late charge. Carlos Boozer had 21 points and nine rebounds, and Brevin Knight added 11 assists.

The undefeated Jazz are 5-0 for just the third time in team history and have done so without point guard Deron Williams. Kevin Durant scored 24 and Jeff Green had 22 for the Thunder.

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