The Norman Transcript


November 30, 2012

Bonus Thunder at 4 p.m.: Thunder only team to keep original starting five

NORMAN — Thursday night social media erupted when San Antonio coach Greg Popovich not only benched four his starters before a national televised game against the Miami Heat, he sent them home completely.

He made sure they weren't even in the city because he said he wanted them to get rest after a long road trip.

This gave the Spurs a starting lineup most fans had never seen before.

Oklahoma City is the only team that has not changed its starting five.

Through 16 games Kendrick Perkins, Serge Ibaka, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Thabo Sefolosha have taken the floor every night for the opening tap.

No other team in the NBA can make that claim.

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