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March 15, 2014 Updates

Shams Charania: Reggie Williams will return to Oklahoma City's D-League affiliate, Tulsa, where he's averaged 20.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and five assists. Twitter @ShamsCharania

OKC has stuck to its first limitation, playing Westbrook no more than 31 minutes in any of the past 10 games. Now it’s time to see if they’ll stick with the second. Of late, the Thunder has had a relatively cushy schedule, not playing a back-to-back since the start of February. But in the season’s final month, OKC will play six. And according to Scott Brooks, Westbrook will rest in some, if not all, of those. “There’s going to be some back-to-backs he’s not going to play,” Brooks said. “We definitely have a plan in place.” Oklahoman

The Oklahoma City Thunder's closing schedule is heavy with back-to-back sets, six of them over the last month of the season, and Thunder head coach Scott Brooks on Saturday said once again that point guard Russell Westbrook will not play in both games of "some" of those sets. "We have a plan in place" as to which games Westbrook will sit , said Brooks, but he wouldn't reveal it Saturday after practice."I'll let you know at the appropriate time," he added. NBA.com

March 14, 2014 Updates

Another tense moment came between Jackson and Durant at the end of the first period, though. This time, Jackson didn’t so much as look off KD as much as he just didn’t get it to him as the Thunder was holding for the final shot. Instead of immediately firing it to Durant after he grabbed a defensive rebound with 9.9 seconds remaining, Jackson dribbled slowly up the court as Durant was calling for it. When they crossed halfcourt, Durant still was calling for Jackson to get him the ball. But Jackson went with it, eventually pulling up for a 15-footer that rattled around before falling out. Oklahoman

Jones missed the putback and the Thunder came up empty. Durant wasn’t happy about it. He was shaking his head in what appeared to be a mix between disappointment and disbelief. But as the two began to walk toward the bench, they stopped near the free throw line and started discussing the sequence. They stood there, alone as three teammates watched nearby, discussing the matter. Oklahoman

By the looks of it, Jackson was explaining that it was a miscommunication and he might have thought KD was going to a different spot on the floor. After roughly 30 seconds going back in forth trying to figure it out, the two smiled, gave each other five and went and took a seat on the bench. Oklahoman

Westbrook recently said he wants to play smarter after sitting out so many games. And by the sound of it, he has that approach in mind. “As a point guard, my job is to find a way where I can help others out,” Westbrook said. “That’s what I’m trying to do with each individual guy on the team, find a way to get them going, keep their confidence up and try to continue to keep it going leading into the playoffs.” Oklahoman

March 13, 2014 Updates

Beverley, a former second-round pick who has played in the D-League and in the Ukraine, Greece and Russia, gained notoriety during the 2013 playoffs when, Westbrook suffered a season-ending knee injury after a collision with Beverley. Since then, his reputation as a pesky, tenacious defender has earned him attention around the league — not all good. “I guess I’m doing something right,” Beverley said when asked about the irritation he’s caused Westbrook and Lillard in recent weeks. “I don’t really pay attention to that. I just go out and play aggressive defense and leave the cards on the table. “I can’t really help what other people say or how they feel. I’m just putting myself in the position to help my team win basketball games. If that means me defending all night, that’s what I’m going to do.” For The Win

Mike James: Having played against Beverley, I’ll say this: Nobody likes to be picked up full-court and nobody likes pressure. And he puts pressure on you! He forces you to decide whether to be physical or give in to the pressure. When you put that kind of pressure on your opponent, either the toughness comes or the softness—some players would rather not deal with it. Westbrook has to raise his level of play because Beverley isn’t allowing him to walk through the game. Beverley is forcing him to play at a high-level. If he doesn’t, that’s when turnovers occur. It’s like they say, pressure bursts pipes. But Beverley also took Westbrook out of the game by making it personal. Now Westbrook is thinking about fighting Patrick Beverley instead of thinking about the game plan. That’s when maturity has to come into play on Westbrook’s end, where you don’t allow what someone says or does to you affect the way you play the game. SportsNet

March 12, 2014 Updates

Patrick Beverley has turned into the little engine that could — antagonize Rockets opponents enough to help them into the Conference Finals or beyond this year. After getting in Damian Lillard‘s mug the other night before trading off-the-court barbs, he resumed a roiling rivalry with Russell Westbrook on Tuesday night during OKC’s 106-98 win. One first-quarter moment eerily mimicked the lunge Beverley made for the ball during the playoffs last spring, which inadvertently led to the tear in Westbrook’s meniscus. Here’s the play in question, and you can see Russ does not take Beverley’s thrust for the ball very well (also, check out KD’s hysterical late push on Parsons well after the altercation has run its course). Dime

Wearing a clear plastic mask to protect a recently broken nose, Beverley looked like he might spar for real with Westbrook a couple of times. Less than halfway through the first quarter, Scott Brooks pointed at the hash mark near the Thunder bench to let Westbrook know that he wanted a timeout. Westbrook reached the hash and signaled for a timeout, but as he did, Beverley reached for the ball. “That’s how I play against everybody,” he said. Oklahoman

March 11, 2014 Updates

The Oklahoma City Thunder has assigned forward Reggie Williams to the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Williams has appeared in 20 games (16 starts) for the 66ers this season, averaging 20.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.55 steals in 37.3 minutes per game. NBA.com

March 10, 2014 Updates
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