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Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

The two primary alarms ringing for the Thunder: 1) they are 26-109 (24 percent) from 3 this season; and 2) with Andre Roberson still out for multiple weeks, they are a strikingly mediocre, if not downright bad, defensive team.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

The Thunder are headed for an 0-3 start and while Westbrook is back and showed no obvious signs of rust, there are some eye-opening concerns after this one. And next up: the Celtics on Thursday in OKC.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

The Thunder played most of the third quarter almost like it was an elimination playoff game with a ton of desperate energy and second efforts. They probably sense what a bad loss this would be to the Kings, but unless they clean up some egregious defensive mistakes, it might not matter.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Alex Abrines (mouth contusion) is available to return. He took a hard inadvertent elbow from Nerlens Noel in the second quarter and had to go to the locker room.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Kings lead the Thunder at half 68-56. Westbrook 15-9-6, George 9, Adams 8 and 9. Westbrook has looked every bit himself, and the offense (outside of the ball going in) has looked very good. The defense, though, has been atrocious.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Mario Hezonja uses an emoji to respond to ex-Knicks exec/scout Clarence Gaines Jr.'s analysis of NYK-BOS, in which Gaines Jr. calls Hezonja a ‘huge liability' on defense. Gaines Jr. was close with ex-Knicks president Phil Jackson.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Alex Abrines heads to the locker room after taking an inadvertent elbow from Nerlens Noel to the head/neck.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

It's very much a Captain Obvious statement, but Westbrook just changes the complexion of OKC so drastically. He's set the tone with his energy, flying into courtside seats saving a loose ball and is setting up much better looks than what the Thunder got in the first two games.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Denver Nuggets coach Mike Malone used to coach DeMarcus Cousins in Sacramento. It's clear that he still has a lot of respect for the All-Star center. "DeMarcus Cousins, I think, is very misunderstood," Malone said before Sunday's game against the Golden State Warriors. "And those that know him know one how smart he is and how competitive he is and how much he wants to win. He was a guy when the jump ball went up I never had to worry if Demarcus was going to be ready to play. My challenge with him was trying to get him to just be the best version of himself. And I think there was a lot of growth in my time with him. And even though I'm not coaching him anymore for DeMarcus and his family there's nothing but love between me and him."

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Russell Westbrook posts up De'Aaron Fox and scores over him, then jogs down the court doing a rocking-the-baby gesture. No a whole lot of apparent rust for Westbrook as he's come of the gates with a ton of energy, ripping down rebounds and diving on the floor for loose balls.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

The NBA suspended Brandon Ingram for four games and Rajon Rondo for three games. Chris Paul was suspended for two games. The NBA says Ingram's suspension was for "aggressively returning to and escalating the altercation and throwing a punch in the direction of Paul, confronting a game official in a hostile manner, and instigating the overall incident by shoving Rockets guard James Harden." Rondo's suspension was for "instigating a physical altercation with, and spitting and throwing multiple punches at, Paul." And Paul's suspension was for "poking at and making contact with the face of Rondo, and throwing multiple punches at him."

Bobby Marks ESPN 

The four game suspension by Brandon Ingram is the most (on-court) since the 7 game suspension when Metta World Peace took out James Harden in April 2012. Ironically that also occurred at the Staples Center. The NBA clearly sent a message today with all three suspensions.

Bobby Marks ESPN 

Here are the financial implications from the altercation between Houston and the Lakers: Brandon Ingram will be fined $158,817 for the four games suspended. Rajon Rondo will be fined $186,207 for three games suspended. Chris Paul will be fined $491,781 for the two games suspended. The suspension is based on total salary divided by 145. In addition, Houston will receive a $245,891 credit that will be applied to their luxury tax at the end of the season.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Shaun Livingston (knee contusion) will not play vs. Denver. Andre Iguodala (calf soreness) will play after missing Friday's game in Utah.