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Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2008-11-14


Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2008-11-14
A pair of hard-fought losses can test the resolve of a young team. Thunder coach P.J. Carlesimo has watched his team come up short in the fourth quarter when it had the chance to beat both Atlanta and Indiana.

"They should be frustrated," he said. "They're working hard, and so far it hasn't paid off. I think it's more disappointment than frustration. You don't want them to come off the court happy. That wouldn't be acceptable. That line is a hard line to walk."

There is a danger than the lack of payoff after playing well could be frustration. At some point, players want to be rewarded with wins.

"I want them to know we are playing better," Carlesimo said. "We're a better defensive team. We're playing more good minutes. We're putting ourselves in position to win games or compete late.

"We're just not shooting the ball very well. I'm not talking one guy, but six, seven or eight guys."

MAGIC 109, THUNDER 92: Dwight Howard notched the first triple-double of his career with a monster line of 30 points, 19 rebounds and 10 blocks Wednesday night at Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma City, playing without Kevin Durant, got 25 points and 10 boards out of forward Jeff Green. Rookie guard Russell Westbrook shook off a miserable first half to score 13 points, while Earl Watson and Desmond Mason each scored 12. The Thunder didn't get any closer than 14 points in the fourth quarter to fall to 1-4 at home. Howard recorded his double-double by halftime, and matched his previous career high of seven blocks.


Author: Fox Sports
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Added: November 14, 2008

 

 
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