OKLAHOMA CITY — One has to wonder what Patrick Patterson might have said if he’d been in the room when Thunder coach Billy Donovan was asked prior to Tuesday’s tip against the Los Angeles Lakers if Patterson might get another chance in the rotation, presumably at the spot he’d been moved out of in favor of Markieff Morris.
Patterson, who typically spelled Jerami Grant at the four-position — power forward — until the Thunder acquired Morris over the All-Star break, had only seen action in four of the Thunder’s last 20 games prior to Tuesday.
Since his arrival, entering Tuesday, Morris had averaged 15.6 minutes, 5.7 points and 3.2 rebounds, playing in every game but one — against Brooklyn, March 13 — a game in which he was not in uniform.
Here’s what Donovan said that did not appear to make a lot of sense:
“We’ll have to see, you know, a lot of that’s based on matchups and things like that,” he said.
If that’s the case, Patterson hasn’t been the right matchup against 15 different NBA teams. Additionally, on the night Morris did not play against Brooklyn, nor did Patterson.
Here’s what Donovan said that made all kinds of sense:
“I think, right now,” he said, “for us, you have to look at everything.”
If that’s the case, maybe there’s a place for Patterson, or even Hamidou Diallo, who hasn’t played more than four minutes in a game since playing 10 at Boston Feb. 3, the 53rd game of Oklahoma City’s season.
This is the time of the season NBA benches tend to be shortened. However, in OKC’s loss to Dallas Sunday afternoon, its bench was outscored 57 to 14. The Thunder might want to go deeper.
• Westbrook forgiven: Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook is again two technical fouls away from his next one-game suspension.
He appeared to be just one away after receiving one against Dallas Sunday afternoon. Instead, on Tuesday, the NBA announced it had rescinded that technical foul.
Westbrook had previously been suspended a single game after getting hit with his 16th technical foul. Also, his 16th was only his 16th because two others had also been rescinded.
By league rule, players are suspended when they reach 16 and an additional game for every two technical fouls thereafter.
• Everybody loves Raymond: Two nights before playing the Lakers, Raymond Felton, after playing in just 27 games all season, played 11:28 for the Thunder against Dallas.
Tuesday, that continued with Felton logging almost seven minutes in the first half, more than any bench payer other than Dennis Schroder.
• Who was he chasing? Tuesday was the rare night the last category in which Westbrook doubled up was points. He did it with 4:38 remaining in the third quarter, giving him his 31st triple-double of the season. At the time, he also had 13 rebounds and an amazing 18 assists.
The assist number was 10 before the first quarter ended, putting him on pace to break the single-game NBA assist mark by 10.
That record belongs to then-Orlando’s Scott Skiles, who dished 30 helpers on Dec. 30, 1990 in a 155-116 victory over Denver.