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News » Oklahoma City Thunder Roster Report 2008-11-08

Oklahoma City Thunder Roster Report 2008-11-08

Oklahoma City Thunder Roster Report 2008-11-08

ROTATION: Starters -- Point guard Earl Watson, Shooting guard Kevin Durant, Small forward Jeff Green, Power forward Nick Collison, Center Johan Petro. Bench -- Guard Russell Westbrook, Forward Chris Wilcox, Guard/forward Desmond Mason, Forward Joe Smith, Center Robert Swift, G Damien Wilkins, G Kyle Weaver.


--F Jeff Green has no reason to hang his head after a stretch of tough defensive assignments. The small forward quartet of Richard Jefferson, Ron Artest, Mike Miller and Paul Pierce averaged just 15 points against Green and the Thunder.

"It's a learning process having to guard some of the best forwards in the game," Green said. "It's still more to come. I just go back, look at tape and see how I played them, and the next time we play them I just have to come back with a little more different approach because they'll probably be expecting the same thing."

--G/F Desmond Mason pointed to the first quarter of Wednesday's game against Boston as proof of improvement. The Thunder led 29-21 before the Celtics eventually pulled away for an easy win.

"I've talked to some of the young guys about it," Mason said. "We're really close. It's just certain mental breakdowns. We're making good plays. The big thing is to be consistent. You see our young guys work hard, even after practice. We're not very far away."

--G Earl Watson believes Utah's success at home has more to do with Jerry Sloan than the Jazz players or the raucous home crowd.

"Jerry Sloan is one of the best coaches to ever coach the game," Watson said. "Some people say you need talent. Others say you need that coach. I think the coach has a lot to do with the talent. As long as Jerry Sloan is coaching there, it will always be tough to win there."


--F D.J. White (jaw surgery) had a benign tumor removed on Oct. 13. The second phase of the surgery, expected to follow in about six weeks, involves mending the jaw with bone graft taken from his hip. Recovery time is 4-6 months.

--C Mo Sene (knee surgery) didn't play in the preseason and has been inactive through five games.

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