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News » Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2008-12-05

Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2008-12-05

Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2008-12-05
Practice is obviously important for every team, but those in a rebuilding mode need all the extra teaching time they can get. The Thunder fall into that category.

But it's more than just putting in the time when the bright lights aren't on. Teams looking to improve need to make the most of practice. The Thunder appeared to do that Monday, the middle day of a three-day break between games.

"We had a great practice," Scott Brooks said. "A very high-intensity practice. Guys got better (Wednesday). That was our focus, 'Guys, we have to push each other to get better.' And we did that."

The team went through some situational scrimmaging, which Brooks picked up from different coaches throughout his career. He used the clock and the scoreboard to run the team through various scenarios. Brooks added that players individually need to get the most out of practice.

"There's a weird little saying: 'The game tells you what you have to work on as an individual player,'" Brooks said. "I know if you had a bad shooting night you have to work on your shooting, or if you're having a bad free throw year you have to work on your free throws.

"We have to really focus on getting better defensively. We're giving up too many points and they're shooting a high field-goal percentage. Those are the things we focused on."

BOBCATS 103, THUNDER 97: Kevin Durant scored 24 points, but it wasn't enough as Oklahoma City failed to win consecutive games for the first time this season Wednesday night at Charlotte. Emeka Okafor led the balanced Bobcat attack with 25 points and 13 rebounds. Charlotte won back-to-back games for the first time under Larry Brown in a matchup of the league's two lowest-scoring teams. The Thunder was back on the floor for the first time since snapping a 14-game losing skid Saturday.

Jeff Green added 18 points for the Thunder, which couldn't overcome 19 turnovers in falling to 2-17.

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