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News » Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2009-02-22

Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2009-02-22

Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2009-02-22
Even though the big fish got away, Thunder general manager Sam Presti believes the franchise made improvements coming out of the trade deadline.

Oklahoma City picked up Thabo Sefolosha and Malik Rose on Thursday, doing what they could in the wake of the failed Tyson Chandler trade.

"I felt like we accomplished some things that we wanted to," Presti said. "We're excited to have Malik and Thabo join us, and I think they'll have positive impacts on our team and also our culture, and we're excited to continue to take the momentum that we've gained in recent weeks and continue to build on it."

Sefolosha is defensive-minded, 6-foot-7 and in just his third season. Though he's hardly flashy, the ex-Bulls swingman should provide depth at a thin position for the Thunder. Oklahoma City sent this year's first-round pick to Chicago to acquire him.

"He does a nice job off the ball, and he's pretty focused," Presti said. "I wouldn't categorize him one way or the other, other than he's someone that understands that end of the floor, and I think he'll help us continue to get better defensively because that's a certain area that we want to address."

Rose, a 13-year veteran, owns a pair of championship rings from his days in San Antonio. Presti previously worked for the Spurs. Rose, and cash considerations, came from the Knicks in exchange for Chris Wilcox.

"Malik has seen a lot of different things in his career, and coming up the way that he did, earning everything that he earned, I think all of those experiences will help our younger guys," Presti said.

Earlier in the week, the Thunder acquired Chandler from the Hornets in exchange for three players, but the deal fell apart when Chandler failed a physical.

WARRIORS 133, THUNDER 120: Oklahoma City was in position late to steal one on the road before Golden State sprinted to the finish line Saturday night. The Thunder (13-43) have lost five straight overall and seven in a row away from home.

Oklahoma City was once again led by its young trio. Kevin Durant scored 32 points, rookie Russell Westbrook added 31 points and 11 assists, and Jeff Green contributed 27 points and 15 rebounds.

Rookie guard Kyle Weaver worked his way into the mix for the Thunder with 19 points. The other four Thunder players who saw action combined for 11 points. Three Warriors scored at least 24, paced by 26 from Stephen Jackson. Golden State coach Don Nelson earned his 1,300th career win -- only the second to reach that milestone.

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