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Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2008-12-31


Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2008-12-31
Trade rumors are inevitable for a team out of the playoff race and building for the future. With the worst record in the NBA and one of the lowest payrolls, a number of Thunder players can expect to hear their names bandied about leading up to the trade deadline.

Among those who figure to be targeted: Joe Smith, Nick Collison, Chris Wilcox, Earl Watson, Desmond Mason and Damien Wilkins. Each is considered a solid veteran with a manageable contract.

"I just learned through the years to deal with the situation at hand," Smith said. "Whatever team you're on, you're still going to war with those guys. Whatever happens, happens."

Thunder players are trying not to pay attention to the speculation. They have enough to deal with trying to win games.

"I know a lot of times it comes from nowhere," Collison said of trade rumors. "It's probably nothing coming from a team, but just speculation on what might happen."

SUNS 110, THUNDER 102: Rookie point guard Russell Westbrook scored a career-high 31 points, but it wasn't enough to topple Shaquille O'Neal and Phoenix. The Thunder dropped to a league-worst 3-29.

Westbrook's matchup with Steve Nash never really materialized, as the two-time MVP left after playing only nine minutes due to back spasms. O'Neal picked up the slack with 28 points and 12 rebounds.

The Thunder once again was led by their young trio. In addition to Westbrook, Jeff Green added 22 points and 11 rebounds, and Kevin Durant had 18 points. The Thunder was down only 92-87 going into the fourth quarter, but the Suns went on a 12-2 run to open the period and put the game out of reach.


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: December 31, 2008

 

 
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