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News » Oklahoma City Thunder Notes, Quotes 2008-11-15

Oklahoma City Thunder Notes, Quotes 2008-11-15

Oklahoma City Thunder Notes, Quotes 2008-11-15
--It sounds simple, but getting the ball in the basket has been the Thunder's Achilles' heel. Oklahoma City was shooting a league-worst 40 percent through eight games. Joe Smith (52.7 percent) and Kevin Durant (45.1) were the only regulars with decent numbers. Russell Westbrook, Earl Watson, Jeff Green and Desmond Mason were each shooting less than 40 percent.

"Some of that is execution," coach P.J. Carlesimo said. "Some of that is guys are better shooters than they've shown so far. They're not making shots. We're confident that will change.

"We still have to get better shots and get it up the floor a little more consistently, so we're playing in the open floor sometimes."

--The Thunder franchise has continued its effort to connect with Oklahoma City. Two programs were announced recently towards that end. The Oklahoma City Thunder Holiday Assist features charitable events and donations beginning Nov. 20 with a Thanksgiving turkey giveaway and continues through December with a toy distribution for families who have benefited from the initiative. The effort, presented by Cox Oklahoma, will include at least eight major community outreach appearances by the team's players, coaches and front office staff.

Also, an extensive corporate and community partnership with American Fidelity Assurance Company focusing on education, reading and literacy has begun. Components of the education initiative include a special "Rolling Thunder Book Bus," which will travel to schools, museums and community organizations around the area to provide free books to students and encourage reading.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Things are going to change. The effort, for the most part, is there." -- F Joe Smith, on the Thunder's tough start.

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