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White recalled from Tulsa


White recalled from Tulsa
Rookie forward D.J. White has been recalled from the Tulsa 66ers. The 29th overall pick played in three games, averaging 17.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.0 assists in 37.7 minutes.

White hasn't played in a game with the Thunder all season after undergoing two surgeries to remove and repair a benign growth in his jaw. It's unclear if White will be in uniform tonight against the Lakers, but he is expected to make his debut over the team's final 12 games.

"The biggest adjustment is just conditioning," White said. "I'm just trying to get my wind back and trying to get a better feel for the game ... It's just a matter of getting back into it. I took six months off, so I just want to keep working hard and see what happens."

DURANT HEATS UP

Kevin Durant's shooting has been down slightly since he returned from a sprained ankle 10 days ago. But he was hot in Sunday's 97-90 win at Minnesota, hitting 13 of 23 shots and scoring 30 points as OKC notched its sixth road win and split the season series with the Wolves.

"I've been feeling good ever since I came back," Durant said. "It was just a matter of time before (the shots fell). I've been feeling good lately. Hopefully it continues. I'm just glad we got the win."

WESTBROOK SLUMPING

Russell Westbrook is shooting 33.8 percent over the past five games. He was 2-for-10 from the field Sunday, but coach Scott Brooks said his rookie guard had a solid game with 10 assists, two steals and only two turnovers.

"There are good players in this league where you need some backside help (defensively)," Brooks said. "He didn't have a good shooting night, but he really impacted the game with his defense and passing. I thought he did a terrific job."

TURNOVER IMPROVEMENT

The Thunder leads the league in turnovers (16.7) but had only one in the first half of Sunday's win and 10 for the game.

"If we value each possession and move the ball three or four times, we usually get a good shot," Brooks said. "Turnovers have been our problem all year, but that first half is how we want to play."

SCOUTING THE Lakers

The Lakers are one of the top scoring teams in the league at 108.2 points. Kobe Bryant is third in scoring at 27.7 points. In a win last month at the Ford Center, Bryant scored 15 of his game-high 36 points in the fourth quarter.

"We're excited about playing one of the best teams in the league and one of the best players in the world," Durant said. "It's another chance to get better."


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: March 26, 2009

 

 
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