OKLAHOMA CITY - Caron Butler got in early and played plenty.
Tuesday night, against the 76ers, it was the kind of game that set up perfectly in a situation that was also pretty close to ideal for the newest member of the Thunder.
A chance for Butler to play against a bottom-of-the-league kind of team. An opportunity to get some minutes, learn the offense in what was as close to a no-pressure setup as possible.
A storyline to himself.
Instead Butler sat most of the fourth quarter, as did Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
But instead of talking about Butler, his experience, what he'll ultimately bring to the Thunder and his game, this 125-92 victory was Russell Westbrook at his best and Kevin Durant doing MVP kind of things.
Couldn't have gone better for Westbrook. Couldn't have been smoother for Durant and it couldn't have been an easier transition for Butler.
"Well, I haven't won in about a month," Butler joked. "It feels great to get a win."
That part was easy. This game was good...