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Westbrook responds

Westbrook responds Coming off one of the worst games of his young career, Russell Westbrook responded with one of his best (19 points, 11 assists, 0 turnovers).

"It's going to be an ongoing process," said coach Scott Brooks. "Russell is not at the level that he's going to be. But he works at it. He wants to get better. He's not going to play perfect Basketball."


The Thunder Saturday night started one of its most demanding stretches all season, playing four games in five nights in four cities. Three of the four are on the road.

"The key is to bring the energy every night," Brooks said. "You can't pick and choose your game, thinking 'This is a good team (so bring more energy).' You have to be consistent with winning Basketball habits in all four games."


The only game not included in the Thunder's four 10-game mini-packages is the Clippers' only visit to the Ford Center. But tonight's much anticipated return of former OU star Blake Griffin fizzled when he was sidelined by a fractured left kneecap in the final preseason game.

Sidelined until at least mid-December, Griffin didn't make the trip to Oklahoma City after receiving a second plasma injection in his knee Thursday, which prevented him from flying. Besides fighting the temptation to rush his rehab, Griffin's patience is being tested by Los Angeles traffic.

"It's so crazy," Griffin said. "It's my job (as a rookie) to get the doughnuts on game day. It might take 20 minutes one day. Two days later, at the exact same time, it takes 40 minutes. I don't think I'll ever get used to the traffic."


Manu Ginobili's wife recently was told she will be having twins in June. San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich sarcastically was asked if he'll still be around to coach Ginobili's kids 20 years from now.

"No, I think I'm smarter than that," Popovich said, smiling. "But I think they may play for (Utah coach) Jerry Sloan."

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