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February 27, 2013

Fisher doesn’t want to be done

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OKLAHOMA CITY —

Fisher said he believes Jackson, a second-year player, “deserves the opportunity to continue to play” but left those decisions in Brooks’ hands.

“He’s been a champion many times over. He gives us leadership. Does he take spots on the floor, minutes from the other guys? To have a good team, you have to have sacrifices from everybody,” Brooks said. “I don’t know what they all will entail at the moment, but definitely he will play.”

Brewer, viewed as a defensive stopper, joins a crowd of wing players on the Thunder roster. Durant, the three-time scoring champion, eats up the lion’s share of minutes at small forward while starter Thabo Sefolosha and sixth man Kevin Martin split the time at shooting guard.

“We’re not looking for him to score. We’re not looking for him to handle the ball a lot,” Brooks said. “We’re just looking for him to be one of those intangible players, those winning basketball players.”

The new additions could mean more opportunities to use a smaller lineup, with Durant logging more minutes at power forward and diminished playing time for centers Kendrick Perkins and Hasheem Thabeet. It will be up to Brooks to find the right combinations to get the Thunder to their ultimate goal, after they lost to Miami in last year’s NBA Finals.

“I think it’s extremely clear what our goal is, what we’re here to accomplish, and oftentimes that’s what sets the table,” Fisher said. “Once we all have a common purpose and a common goal, then it’s just about us each doing our jobs.”

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