OKLAHOMA CITY —
Notes: Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook spoke to the media for the first time since he it was announced he would be out of the lineup with a knee injury. He’s scheduled to return after the All-Star break. “I don’t pay no attention to those projections man,” Westbrook said. “I just wake up and try to get better each and every day.” ... Boston coach Brad Stevens and Thunder general manager Sam Presti have developed a friendship built on being young in the NBA. “Our first conversation was just about being young guys and trying to do the best that we could knowing we had some youth to us,” Stevens said. “But it was a great conversation. He is a really interesting guy.” ... Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks is amazed with rookie center Steven Adams ability to absorb punishment.
“The elbows and all that, I don’t know if that’s an iron man. I don’t know if that’s very smart,” Brooks said with a laugh. “He is as tough as I’ve been around any player. Every day he just plays. The elbows, the pushes, Nothing phases him. All he cares about is eating a lot of food and playing basketball.”
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