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News » Oklahoma City Thunder Notes, Quotes 2009-01-08

Oklahoma City Thunder Notes, Quotes 2009-01-08

Oklahoma City Thunder Notes, Quotes 2009-01-08
--Freshly-hired assistant coach Ron Adams knows defense. And that's exactly what he's trying to promote/teach with this new team.

"That's one of the things I was brought here for," Adams said. "I think the team has very good defensive potential. If you look at the number of individuals on this team, in their past playing experience, they were pretty good defenders."

Adams pointed to rookie point guard Russell Westbrook, who was considered a top-notch defender at UCLA. Adams hopes to clean up a few problem areas.

"We will probably try to change a few things defensively and really get back to, hopefully, some on-the-ball responsibility, a much more active helping team, helping each other," he said. "The basics in pro basketball are how you cover the pick-and-roll, how you cover post-ups, how you cover the pin-downs, and then defensive transition. So those are the areas that we can hopefully make some improvement in."

--Attacking the lane became commonplace during the Thunder's just-completed four-game homestand. Oklahoma City averaged 51.5 points down low during the stretch and 109 points overall.

"We know that for us to win basketball games we have to spread the offense around and do a couple of things very good," coach Scott Brooks said. "We have to attack the basket, get to the free throw line and get wide open shots. We have to get body movement and ball movement.

"We have been working on those areas. It's paying off, but we still have to do it every day, every game."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We played very well over this homestand, but we still aren't happy where we are. We still have work to do." -- Interim coach Scott Brooks, after the recent 2-2 stretch at the Ford Center.

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