With knees bent, arms spread wide and eyes glued to his opponent’s chest, Russell Westbrook is the first wall of defense for the Thunder.

This season Head Coach Scott Brooks’ club is only allowing 95.6 points per game on 42.6 percent shooting, figures that become more remarkable when factoring in the up-tempo pace at which the Thunder plays. Led by Westbrook at the top, all five players on the floor for the Thunder at any given time are locked in and playing with effort, enthusiasm and focus.

With games almost every other night in the NBA, time management is critical in order to get the team ready to play hard from the opening tip each night.

After a stretch of 17 games in the month of November, the Thunder is going into only its sixth game in the month of December tonight against the Sacramento Kings. With that extra practice time so far through the first half of the month, Head Coach Scott Brooks has been able to work with team leaders like Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook to keep the entire team sharp.

OKLAHOMA CITY, December 14, 2012 – The Oklahoma City Thunder has assigned guard Jeremy Lamb and center Daniel Orton to the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti.

Lamb has appeared in eight games this season with Oklahoma City averaging 2.1 points in 4.3 minutes.

Orton has seen action in one game for the Thunder, scoring two points in two minutes versus Cleveland on Nov. 11th.

Both will be in uniform tonight when the Tulsa 66ers take on the Jam in Bakersfield.