Thunder 94, Timberwolves 92...
Thunder-Timberwolves, Box...
Wolves' Love, Thunder's Collis...
ROSTER REPORT 2010-01-20...
NOTES, QUOTES 2010-01-20...
Thunder-Timberwolves Preview 2...
Presented By: 2010-01-19...
ROSTER REPORT 2010-01-19...
NOTES, QUOTES 2010-01-19...
Thunder's blueprint to success...
Links to possible OKC team log...
Howard Schultz drops Sonics su...
OKC signs Kyle Weaver...
OKC team announces basketball ...
Web viewing of NBA games may s...
Steve
Steve
Steve
Steve
Brand has surgury
Brand has surgury
Brand has surgury
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
 
 
Add to Google
Add to My Yahoo!
Subscribe in NewsGator Online
Add to Windows Live
News » Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2009-02-07


Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2009-02-07


Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2009-02-07
The three-game losing streak Oklahoma City took into Friday night had one common trait, according to coach Scott Brooks. If toughness could be quantified in a stat, the Thunder had been on the short end.

"We didn't see as much as we need to see," Brooks said. "Going forward we need more of that. We need more of a toughness, a defensive mentality."

Brooks pointed to several breakdowns where toughness was lacking. The lack of focus on defensive assignments, getting beat off the dribble, uncontested jumpers and allowing unchallenged jumpers inside make the list.

"There's so many ways to describe toughness," Brooks explained. "Toughness is not roughing you up or wanting to fight you. I think toughness is making it hard on your opponent, and you have to do that by getting into them and playing with a lot of intensity."

Intensity hasn't been on issue on the offensive end. Brooks believes if players can bring it on one end, they can do the same on the other.

THUNDER 102, BLAZERS 93: The first-ever matchup between the top two players of the 2007 Draft turned out to be a one-sided affair as Kevin Durant scored 31 points to lead Oklahoma City to an impressive home Friday night win over Portland.

Blazers rookie center Greg Oden, picked ahead of Durant in 2007, had just four points in the matchup. Oklahoma City snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 12-38 and 9-18 at home. The Blazers (30-19) came into the game fourth in the Western Conference.

Nick Collison (21 points and 13 rebounds) and Earl Watson (12 points and 11 assists) both managed double-doubles for the Thunder, which never trailed. Jeff Green added 20 points for Oklahoma City. Brandon Roy topped Portland with 32 points.


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: February 7, 2009

 

 
Copyright © Sonicshome.com, Inc. All rights reserved 2019.