As Head Coach Scott Brooks told his team earlier this week, there are 26 other NBA teams who would love to be at this stage of the Playoffs. For the Thunder, that means it must capitalize on its position.
The Thunder concentrated for a full 48 minutes in Game 3, using discipline, will and effort to get a 102-82 victory, and if wants to replicate that outcome in Game 4, it will have to come out with the same fire. Head Coach Scott Brooks said that despite falling behind 0-2 in the series, the Thunder’s confidence hasn’t wavered and that it wants to build off its Game 3 success.
“We showed that we can compete and we did a good job last game and we have to do the same,” Brooks said. “We have to duplicate that effort and we have to play as well.”
Thabo Sefolosha deservedly garnered a lot of attention after the Thunder’s Game 3 victory over the San Antonio Spurs for both his defense and also his offensive outburst. On Friday after practice, Thunder players like Sefolosha took the time to credit guard Russell Westbrook, who despite not shooting well from the floor, truly dictated the flow of the offense and pace of the game.
It was everything the Thunder has talked about it: defensive heat, active hands, sharing the ball, protecting the ball and just “playing better.”