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News » Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2008-11-06

Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2008-11-06

Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2008-11-06

It's been a struggle for the Thunder to score this season. What's obvious so far is their best shot at putting the ball in the basket is when they get out on transition.

"We'd always like to run," coach P.J. Carlesimo said. "We just want to run intelligently. We don't necessarily want to come down and put up a jump shot the first three seconds of a clock.

"That's not an easy line to walk. If you're running and pushing it, and guys are open, they're saying, 'If you want to run, you want to shoot.' But you can shoot yourself in and out of games. Do we want to run? Absolutely. But we need to make good decisions."

Decision-making isn't usually one of the strengths of a young team and the Thunder is no different. Point guard Russell Westbrook is gifted on the break, but he's just a rookie.

Getting the ball in the hands of Kevin Durant and Jeff Green for easy baskets has been a challenge. And of course, teams don't run without making stops.

"We feel we're better defensively," Nick Collison said. "That will be key for us. Last year, and so far this year, we've struggled a little in the half-court. If we can get out and get buckets in transition that helps us. In order to do that, we have to be good defensively."

CELTICS 96, THUNDER 83: An early lead didn't hold up as the Thunder fell to 1-2 at home with Wednesday night's loss at the Ford Center. Paul Pierce led the defending champs with 20 points and nine boards.

Oklahoma City was up 29-21 after the first quarter, but managed only 26 points over the next two periods on 25-percent shooting. Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett added 18 and 17, respectively, for Boston.

Kevin Durant paced the Thunder with 17 points, but shot only 6-of-15 from the floor. Jeff Green added 14 points and rookie Russell Westbrook had 13.

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