Shoot-around Report: 'We're Ready,' Brooks Says

DENVER -- The Thunder wrapped up its pre-game shoot-around Saturday morning feeling good about its preparation for Game 3 tonight.

"We're ready to go," Thunder Head Coach Scott Brooks said. "It's going to be a very tough game. The crowd is going to be very good for the Nuggets. We understand that."

Brooks said a good start is key for the Thunder, something it did well in Game 2. He also stressed the importance of playing good defense, especially in a tough environment such as the one that awaits the Thunder tonight.

"When we defend, we give ourselves a chance to win," he said.

The Thunder has won the first two games in the best-of-seven series, though it arrived in Denver with the mindset that the series is 0-0.

“No, the pressure's on us,” Thunder forward Kevin Durant said Friday. “We did what we were supposed to do, win two games at home. I think the third game is the most important game, so I think the pressure's on us. We've got to try to get one here.”

Brooks and his players know the difficult challenge that awaits them. The Nuggets were 33-8 on their home court, the second-best record in the NBA.

"There's an energy here that is going to motivate us," Nuggets Coach George Karl said. "But that energy will motivate the guys from Oklahoma City, too. They like to play in that kind of setting."

Karl was relaxed following the Nuggets' shoot-around. He spoke about the need to "be better offensively and better defensively," but his main theme was for his players to seize the moment.

"This game tonight is one of those moments where, as a competitor, you're challenged. It's going to be fun. ... There are guys in this league who have played a long time and never played in a playoff game. These moments are precious."