Kevin Martin still trying to get integrated into his Thunder role
BY DARNELL MAYBERRY NewsOK.com
Sunday, November 18, 2012
11/18/12 at 5:49 AM
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OKLAHOMA CITY - Kevin Martin plopped down in a plush black leather courtside seat at the end of his team's morning shoot-around on Friday and tried his best to forget his most disappointing display to date in a Thunder uniform.
He wanted to chalk up his performance in Wednesday's home loss to Memphis as an anomaly, a one-game glitch in the system, a system that has seen plenty of success this season. In reality, the questions that had made their way to Martin were both fair and timely.
Martin's disappearing act Wednesday was the culmination of a three-game downward trend in which his shot attempts saw an incremental decline. More importantly, following that 10-point defeat to the Grizzlies, Martin's role on the team, and exactly how the Thunder intends to maximize it, no longer could be ignored.
It took a seven-point output by the Thunder's second most efficient scorer to highlight what was quickly developing into a potential issue - Oklahoma City, despite receiving several spectacular scoring efforts from its new sixth man, had yet to fully integrate Martin as its third scoring option.
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Oklahoma City guard Kevin Martin has averaged 17.1 points through 10 games, but struggled in Wednesday's loss to Memphis. SUE OGROCKI/Associated Press