Thursday, April 8, 2010

Game 1 goes to Tulsa, 119-109

Notre Dame had the Four Horsemen. Tulsa had their own version of that on Thursday afternoon as Tulsa took a 1-0 lead in the first round of the D-League playoffs with a 119-109 home win over Sioux Falls.

Oklahoma City Thunder assignees Byron Mullens, Mustafa Shakur, Kyle Weaver, and DJ White had 90 of Tulsa's 119 points, and each took turns leading the 66ers attack on Thursday. Perhaps the most impressive was Weaver, who ended with a game-high 30 points, including going 5-of-6 from 3-point range. Weaver's only miss from 3-point land was a chuck with under 30 seconds left as the shot clock was almost at zero.

Shakur looked good driving and dishing while Mullens and White looked solid patrolling the paint. But Tulsa looked good overall, turning the ball over just 10 times on the day.

Among those in attendance today was Thunder GM Sam Presti, who continues to make appearances at 66ers games to monitor his assigned players. I asked Presti after the game how long Weaver and White would be with the 66ers, and he wouldn't give a firm answer, saying that it would be on a game-by-game basis. With the Thunder heading toward the playoffs and the 66ers taking the first game from Sioux Falls, it may be a balancing act to make sure the Thunder are well-stocked for the last week of the regular season while getting valuable playing time for Weaver and White.

Game 2 is set for Friday night in Sioux Falls.

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