Defend then get out in space and play with speed. It sounds like a simple recipe for the Thunder, but it’s something that it focuses on every day.

Heading into tonight’s contest against the Los Angeles Lakers, the Thunder had two days to prepare and work on different aspects of its game. Head Coach Scott Brooks always keeps his practices and shoot-arounds consistent, giving his players a great sense of what is expected of them day in and day out. Over the past two days, Brooks’ squad has honed in on its defense and ball movement, in addition to its transition game.

Whether it's denying his man the ball on the wing or hustling for an offensive rebound, he just tries to make the right play.

Thabo Sefolosha is one of the extremely important glue guys on Head Coach Scott Brooks’ Thunder roster, a role player who dedicates every second of his 28.2 minutes per night on the floor to doing his job. His reputation as a lock down perimeter defender has been earned over the past seven years in the NBA as the 28-year-old drew the responsibility of guarding an opponent’s best wing scorer night in and night out.

Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 6 – The Oklahoma City Thunder will hold a Toy Drive before Friday night’s game against the L.A. Lakers, collecting toys outside of Chesapeake Energy Arena starting at 6 p.m. The Toy Drive is part of the fifth annual Thunder Holiday Assist initiative, presented by Cox Communications.

Fans attending the game and those headed downtown Friday evening are encouraged to stop by the tents outside the northeast and northwest arena entrances and donate a new, unwrapped toy to benefit the Salvation Army Angel Tree program.

It was one of those rare beautiful December days in Oklahoma City on Wednesday as the Rolling Thunder Book Bus pulled up to Hayes Elementary to visit their first-grade class. But the warm air and sunshine only helped to brighten the smiles on everyone’s faces and lift the existing excitement already in the air for the visit, which included 3,000 books, one bus and two Thunder players.