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Thunder: Gregg Popovich compliments Chris Paul's leadership

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was his typical ornery self Tuesday. When he was asked about Chris Paul before the game, Popovich interrupted the question.

“I hate Chris Paul,” Popovich deadpanned.

But everything Popovich proceeded to say about Paul was at the highest level of admiration.

“If a young player can understand what Chris Paul can give them, then it’s a huge boon to his career,” Popovich said. “Chris is an alpha. He’s a natural leader. He takes no prisoners. He suffers no fools. He’s there to win.”

Popovich was asked if Paul’s positive influence is common among NBA veterans.

“It’s less common than one would think,” Popovich said. “There aren’t one or two of those on every NBA team. Some NBA teams don’t have any. He’s a special dude.”

Celebrating Black History Month

Marilyn Luper Hildreth, the daughter of Oklahoma civil rights leader Clara Luper, presented Paul a commemorative All-Star ball before the game.

Paul will make his 10th All-Star appearance on Sunday in Chicago.

Clara Luper was born in Okfuskee County in 1923. Luper led sit-in movements throughout the early 1960s to peacefully protest segregation.

NBA players are wearing special T-shirts to celebrate Black History Month.

Bucknell to honor Muscala

The Bucknell men's basketball program will retire Mike Muscala's No. 31 jersey Saturday during a halftime ceremony.

Muscala, now in his seventh NBA season and his first with the Thunder, starred at Bucknell from 2009-13. He averaged 15.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game in his four seasons with the Bison.

The 6-foot-10 center graduated as Bucknell's all-time scorer with 2,036 points. Muscala is the only player in Patriot League history to record at least 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.

Questionable call

Trey Lyles had Steven Adams in a headlock.

Thunder fans were already fed up with the officiating, but Lyles’ questionable move sent them over the edge.

With 4:55 left in the second quarter, Lyles attempted to wrap Adams up for a foul instead of letting the Thunder center score an easy basket. But it appeared the Spurs forward went too far as Lyles wrapped his left arm around Adams’ neck.

Donovan and Paul stood at the scorer’s table and furiously motioned for the play to be reviewed for a possible flagrant foul. No such decision was made.

Paul was still complaining to officials more than two minutes later.

“Man’s got his arms around his neck,” Paul said.

Injury report

Thunder forward Darius Bazley was on crutches Tuesday, two days after suffering a right knee bone bruise. Bazley will be sidelined for at least four weeks.

Donovan said the injury occurred because of the force at which Bazley planted his leg during a play against the Celtics.

Joe Mussatto, Staff writer

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<strong>Oklahoma City's Chris Paul, left, defends San Antonio's LaMarcus Aldridge during Tuesday night's game at Chesapeake Energy Arena. San Antonio beat the Thunder 114-106. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</strong>

Oklahoma City's Chris Paul, left, defends San Antonio's LaMarcus Aldridge during Tuesday night's game at Chesapeake Energy Arena. San Antonio beat the Thunder 114-106. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

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[Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="San Antonio's Patty Mills (8) passes the ball as he rolls over in front of Oklahoma City's Terrance Ferguson (23) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>San Antonio's Patty Mills (8) passes the ball as he rolls over in front of Oklahoma City's Terrance Ferguson (23) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-40b168d8a2d97f5ec48191b5ca6b6eef.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Abdel Nader (11) puts up a shot beside San Antonio's LaMarcus Aldridge (12) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. San Antonio won 114-106. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma City's Abdel Nader (11) puts up a shot beside San Antonio's LaMarcus Aldridge (12) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. San Antonio won 114-106. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Abdel Nader (11) puts up a shot beside San Antonio's LaMarcus Aldridge (12) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. San Antonio won 114-106. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure>
Joe Mussatto

Joe Mussatto joined The Oklahoman in August 2018 to cover OU football, men’s basketball and softball. He previously covered University of Kentucky football and basketball for SEC Country. Mussatto is from Oklahoma City and lives in Norman. Read more ›

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