Darnell Mayberry

Westbrook on the philosophy for his playing time "I'm OK with that. It's not about one game. It's not about two games. It's about a career."

Darnell Mayberry

Westbrook on his minutes against Portland: "I understand. Me and Scotty's on the same page. That's all that matters."

Darnell Mayberry

Scott Brooks on Russell Westbrook's minutes: "I have to be smart. It's a long season."

Darnell Mayberry

Calls for Scott Brooks to play Russell Westbrook 40-plus minutes a night are ridiculous. Here's why: bit.ly/1wK3rvo

Anthony Slater

Talking all things Thunder hoops with the @NewsOKSports crew right now, right here: NewsOK.com/Live

Anthony Morrow

Big time NFC Showdown for my Carolina @Panthers tonight!!! #CARvsNO

Royce Young

I thought Jones' defense was bad. Maybe I was just noticing the mistakes and not the good stuff. Or we have some #smallsamplesizetheater.

Royce Young

Most surprising stat of the night is OKC allowed 96.2 pts/100 with Perry Jones on, 143.7 with him off. No one else had a DRtg lower than 107

Royce Young

Last season, Westbrook had the ball in his hands an average of 6.5 minutes per game. Last night in just 33 minutes he had it 8.2 minutes.

Royce Young

Westbrook's usage rate? Just a standard 48.5 percent.

Royce Young

The Thunder scored just 65.1 points per 100 possessions last night without Westbrook on the court in 15 minutes, 109.0 with him on in 33.

Darnell Mayberry

Russell Westbrook, Scott Brooks keep their words in the Thunder's loss to the Blazers newsok.com/article/5361808

Royce Young

Something to bookmark: Everything Thunder from ESPN.com right here in this one place: es.pn/13kSeGX

Anthony Slater

Thunder 12-point underdogs at the Clippers tonight. First time I can remember them being double-digit dogs since inaugural season in OKC.

John Rohde

#Sooners baseball will dress the part at 6 p.m. for ALS Halloween Game at L. Dale. bit.ly/1vkwSjw @OU_Athletics @OUBaseball_Info

Royce Young

CP3 on Westbrook: "You could put him on the court with the Bad News Bears, and he's going to be ready to play." lat.ms/1tkOteH

Anthony Slater

Five observations from the Thunder's 106-89 season-opening loss in Portland: bit.ly/102nb0J

John Rohde

ICYMI: For #Thunder, end to the season will be far more enjoyable than the beginning. bit.ly/1rBybZg @FranchiseOK @steelyonsports

Anthony Slater

Five observations (and lots of Vines) from the Thunder's 106-89 season-opening loss in Portland: bit.ly/102nb0J

Royce Young

Russell Westbrook was electrifying, but the Thunder run out of gas in Portland -- recap and notes: dailythunder.com/2014/10/thunde…

Royce Young

Blazers beat OKC 106-89. Westbrook with 38 on 25 shots, Lance Thomas with 14, Ibaka 10. Blazers outscored the Thunder 31-12 in the fourth.

Anthony Slater

Blazers drop the Thunder 106-89. Russell Westbrook was great -- 38 points, 6 assists -- but didn't get much help.

Royce Young

Westbrook took 25 more shots than Durant tonight smh

Royce Young

Brb, Scott Brooks just asked me to jump in and play these last 90 seconds of garbage time.

Royce Young

Westbrook checks out, probably done for the night: 38 points on 11-25 shooting, six assists, three steals.

Anthony Slater

Blazers outscoring the Thunder 26-8 in the fourth quarter, lead up to 16. It's ovaaaaaah.

Royce Young

Fourth quarter thus far: Blazers 26, Thunder 8. Done ran out of gas.

Royce Young

If anything, I think Scott Brooks' biggest mistake is not playing Kevin Durant a single minute tonight. I mean, what's he thinking?

Anthony Slater

Eight combined turnovers from Serge Ibaka and Steven Adams. Rough night for the Thunder frontline.

Royce Young

What has everyone spent the last six years praising Gregg Popovich for? Managing minutes throughout the course of the regular season.

Royce Young

So many tunnel vision Thunder fans out there acting like game is SO IMPORTANT. You can't play Westbrook 44 minutes every night for a month.

Royce Young

This is a great spot for the Thunder to be in, if anything to just get a feel for important crunchtime possessions.

Royce Young

Westbrook coming back with 8:40 left.

Darnell Mayberry

I assume Brooks is letting Westbrook get one more breather doing the next media timeout. If that's what he's doing, it's a smart move.

Anthony Slater

I kinda like Lance Thomas' game. Wouldn't be surprised if, even when others return, he remains on the roster.

Royce Young

Scott Brooks is doing the wise thing letting Westbrook sit. Another game tomorrow, plus this is game one of 82. Long season ahead.

Royce Young

After three, Thunder lead 77-75 in Portland. Westbrook with 36 on 10-20 shooting with six assists. Rest of the Thunder: 41 points on 17-37.

Darnell Mayberry

Getting outta here with Westbrook dominating but still playing just 36-37 minutes on the first night of a back-to-back is a major victory.

Anthony Slater

Solid job to end the third by a depleted second unit. OKC up 77-75 heading to the fourth. Westbrook should be back soon.

Darnell Mayberry

Westbrook has played only 27 minutes tonight. If he can steal two or three minutes at the start of the fourth, it'll be huge.

Darnell Mayberry

The Blazers are really good at beating up on the Thunder's third string.

Anthony Slater

Danger lineup in a close game for OKC: Telfair, Jones, Thomas, Collison, Perk

Royce Young

Perry Jones' defense has been some kind of horrific tonight. Lost off the ball constantly, equally bad on it.

Royce Young

Fatigue could start to become an issue for the Thunder the rest the way. Starting to drag just a bit.

Darnell Mayberry

Don't think it's the best idea here to start running plays for the guy who was 0-for-3 through 2 1/2 quarters.

Royce Young

Only thing that looks better than Russell Westbrook tonight is Nick Collison's hair.

Darnell Mayberry

Westbrook has 36 points. Westbrook's teammates have combined for 35 points.

Anthony Slater

Russell Westbrook's 33 points the most of any player in the NBA's first two nights. Still 18 minutes left.

Royce Young

Westbrook up to 33 points with six minutes left in the third. His career-high is 45.

Anthony Slater

Lance Thomas a better option than Perry Jones right now. May have seen the last of PJ3 tonight.

Royce Young

I forget Perry Jones is playing all the time.

Anthony Slater

By the way, what a great outlet pass by Nick Collison on that end-of-half Westbrook slam. Kevin Love-esque.

Anthony Slater

Dudes in OKC gonna be rolling to the YMCA tomorrow like... http://t.co/5RobrBGzpY

Anthony Slater

Thunder up 54-49 on Portland at half. -Westbrook: 26 points, 5 assists, 7/13 FG -Lillard: 0 points, 2 assists, 0/5 FG

Royce Young

Thunder lead Portland 54-49 at the half. Westbrook 26 and 5 assists, Thomas 10, Ibaka 7. Thunder shooting 50 percent.

Darnell Mayberry

Blazers coach Terry Stotts before the game: "There’s not a better competitor in the league than Russell Westbrook."

Royce Young

Westbrook's first half: 26 points on 7-13 shooting, five assists. An Damian Lillard has zero points on 0-5 shooting.

Darnell Mayberry

Thunder 54, Blazers 49 at halftime. Westbrook's got 26 points on 7-for-13 shooting and five assists. He's 12-for-13 at the line.

Anthony Slater

Russell Westbrook caps an incredible half with this slam vine.co/v/OMF05aLv16Q

Royce Young

Westbrook's playing well and all, but he's still taken six more shots than Lance Thomas.

Royce Young

Kevin Durant is enjoying the Russell show: vine.co/v/OMF2O70AiXh

Anthony Slater

Russell Westbrook: 22 points, 5 assists, 0 turnovers. 5/11 FG, 12/13 FT. Game is still in the first half.

Royce Young

Russ is running this game.

Darnell Mayberry

Westbrook is 12-for-13 from the foul line. The Blazers are 11-for-14 from the foul line.

Anthony Slater

Rough half from the Thunder's starting frontline. Adams with more turnovers than points. Ibaka getting worked by Aldridge. Both with 3 fouls

Royce Young

Westbrook is straight up working Lillard: 20 points on 5-10 shooting, four assists, to zero points on 0-4 with two assists.

Darnell Mayberry

Westbrook is 10-for-11 from the foul line in the first half.

Royce Young

Westbrook has that uncanny ability to always take a desperation 3 when there's still like four seconds on the shot clock.

Darnell Mayberry

Lillard moved over to Roberson.

Anthony Slater

Star point guard matchup one-sided in this first half -Russell Westbrook: 15 pts, 3 asts, 0 TOs -Damian Lillard: 0 pts, 2 asts, 1 TO

Royce Young

Thunder are actually executing really well, but are giving the Blazers way too many second chances (nine offensive rebounds already).

Anthony Slater

Russell Westbrook is a terror in the open court vine.co/v/OMFIQ7vB3qA

Royce Young

I thought that was going to be an in-the-parker.

Darnell Mayberry

Telling stats: Assists: 9-4, Thunder. Paint points: 20-6, Thunder. Fast break points: 2-0, Thunder. Score: 34-29, Thunder.

Royce Young

Extremely positive first quarter for OKC. Lead 34-29 as Westbrook puts up 11 on 4-8 shooting plus three assists.

Darnell Mayberry

Who had the Thunder scoring 34 first-quarter points tonight?

Anthony Slater

Lance Thomas has 10 points. On 5/5 FG. In the first quarter. Seriously. Not joking. Not for the OKC Blue. For the Thunder.

Royce Young

Lance Thomas is not terrible!

Darnell Mayberry

Now running plays for (sixth man) Lance Thomas: the Oklahoma City Thunder...and it's working!

Royce Young

Current lineup: Telfair, Roberson, Lance Thomas, Collison and Perk. Other than by complete accident, where does this group find points?

Anthony Slater

And Lance Thomas ain't gonna let him have it RT @Royce Young Kendrick Perkins is comin for that Sixth Man award.

Royce Young

Kendrick Perkins is comin for that Sixth Man award.

Anthony Slater

Story of the game so far: -Russell Westbrook: 4/8 FG, 11 points -Lance Thomas: 2/2 FG, 4 points -Damian Lillard: 0/3 FG, 0 points

Royce Young

Think the Blazers would be wise to move Wes Matthews over on Westbrook. Lillard just can't handle his size and power.

Royce Young

Westbrook's first six minutes: seven points on 3-5 shooting, three assists, one rebound, one steal.

Anthony Slater

59 to go!! RT @Darnell Mayberry Ibaka has taken two 3-pointers in the first five minutes. He's 1-for-2.

Anthony Slater

For those unaware who Lance Thomas is: Out of Duke, played for Pelicans last three years, actually started 19 games.

Royce Young

Lance Thomas being the Thunder's first player off the bench tells you everything you need to know about the current state of affairs.

Darnell Mayberry

Ibaka has taken two 3-pointers in the first five minutes. He's 1-for-2.

Darnell Mayberry

Your sixth man tonight: Lance Thomas.

Anthony Slater

Russell Westbrook rolling early, just dropped in this lefty and-1 vine.co/v/OMFJLKw3jYW

Anthony Slater

ESPN footage of Kevin Durant shooting pregame vine.co/v/OMF5jOLu61E

Royce Young

Russell Westbrook with two shots in two seconds. This is going to be fun!

Royce Young

Success: Steven Adams' mustache alive and well in his starting lineup photo: http://t.co/qKTLiyMEbt

Anthony Slater

Kevin Durant made the trip to Portland. He's in a walking boot: http://t.co/Eb4ypDji2V