The Thunder had a different kind of home practice today, putting in its work at Chesapeake Energy Arena instead of the normal Integris Health Thunder Development Center. With Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat coming up on Tuesday night, the Thunder used laser focus in practice to prepare.
The core of this Thunder team is relatively young and features three major offensive weapons in Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden. However, all three of those players realize that the Thunder plays its best basketball when it plays as a team and as a unit with togetherness and toughness. The continuity the organization has had over the past four years since moving to Oklahoma City has helped breed a dedication to one another, according to Head Coach Scott Brooks.
After the Thunder dropped the first two games of the Western Conference Finals to the San Antonio Spurs, Head Coach Scott Brooks told his team that 26 other teams in the NBA would love to be in their position.
The final buzzer sounded in Miami on Saturday night, and with it came a Miami Heat win in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics. As a result, the Thunder found out that its NBA Finals opponent would be the Heat, who will travel to Oklahoma City to face the Thunder in Chesapeake Energy Arena on Tuesday night in Game 1. Head Coach Scott Brooks prepared his team today with a practice session at the Integris Health Thunder Development Center on Sunday.