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The Spurs took the opener 122-105 Monday night because they took full advantage of Ibaka's absence, racking up a staggering 66 points in the paint against a Thunder team that simply couldn't find enough counters. Derek Fisher's long-range game kept them within striking distance early, when Thunder coach Scott Brooks spent so much time flipping through his playbook, now missing the crucial Ibaka pages. USA Today Sports

"We're a no-excuse team," Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said. "Serge is out. He's not coming back. We have to play better. We have to play better. If we expect to beat one of the best teams in basketball, and a very good offensive team, we have to play and we're not going to make an excuse." USA Today Sports

Collison said he would understand if Brooks wants to go small with the lineup and put him back in his reserve role. "If coach doesn't feel like that lineup is good or whatever, then that's up to him," he said. "But for me personally, I'm just trying to get in there and do what I do well and try to get to the right spots and make the right plays." USA Today Sports

Collison will find out on Tuesday if his tooth that was pushed back toward his throat will need to be glued back in place. The Thunder, meanwhile, have a repair job of their own to get to work on in time for Game 2 on Wednesday. "We weren't good enough," said Collison, the always-classy veteran who only played 15 minutes and missed all three of his shots. "Offensively, we've got to be better too. But it's not necessarily like, 'Serge is gone, replay Serge (and his role).' It's like, whoever is the five who are out there have to really play at a high level. The Spurs are great at moving the ball, finding the open man and eventually getting to the paint. We've got to be able to cut that stuff off so they're not getting in the paint and we're making them shoot jumpshots over a hand instead of letting them get to the basket so much." USA Today Sports

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Scott Brooks is said to be safe in Oklahoma City, where he has two years left at $4 million per and works for the supremely patient GM Sam Presti. New York Daily News

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For instance, we got back to our hotel after the game, probably around 1:30 a.m., and decided to get something to eat. So we walked the few blocks to Blues City Cafe, which is open from 11 a.m. to 5 a.m. And on the way, we ran into a certain Ray Westbrook. Yes, the same Ray Westbrook whose big brother plays a little hoops for the Thunder, and the same Ray Westbrook who in the middle of Game 3 tweeted that the Thunder needed a new coach. Ray is a friendly fellow, and we asked him about the tweet. He said the Thunder already had reached out to him to express its displeasure, but he was unapologetic. “That’s how I felt,” he said. “If you don’t like it, don’t follow me.” Oklahoman

Minutes after Ray Westbrook — Russell Westbrook’s brother — tweeted out that the Thunder needed a coaching change Thursday night, he had deleted it. By Friday morning, he had apologized for the Internet remark, saying he “was just caught up in the game” and “shouldn’t have said it”. Oklahoman

By Friday afternoon, Russell got in on the issue, saying his brother’s tweet was out of line. “I took care of that, man,” Russell said at Friday’s practice. “We don’t conduct business like that.” Westbrook also said that his brother’s opinion had no reflection on how he feels about Scott Brooks and his future coaching the Thunder. “Me and Scotty have a great relationship,” Russell said. “I’ve never once mentioned that I want Scotty to leave ever since I’ve been here. We created a bond with each other that’s grown.” Oklahoman

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Caron Butler pumped on the wing, darted toward the lane and rocked in a one-hand highlight hammer dunk. The Thunder crowd let out a collective roar. But it was preceded by a quick moment of confusion – a momentary silence indicating a general “Wait, what?” feeling. “Caron’s dunk probably surprised 18,203 fans,” Scott Brooks joked. “As well as the staff and our players.” But it fired them up, too. Oklahoman

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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

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