Submitted by jcrall on May 26, 2012 - 4:17pm
Thunder forward Kevin Durant speaks with media following practice Saturday prior to the Thunder's Western Conference Finals match-up vs the Spurs.
Submitted by jcrall on May 26, 2012 - 3:56pm
Head Coach Scott Brooks speaks to media following Saturday's practice prior to Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals vs the Spurs.
So far in this postseason the Thunder is 3-1 on the road, which in addition to its 21-12 mark during the regular season away from home, gives the Thunder a 65 percent winning percentage outside of Oklahoma City this season. It’s a challenge for a young team to play with poise on the road, but that’s what the Thunder has been able to do and hopes to continue to do in its series against the San Antonio Spurs. The one-seeded Spurs were tied for the NBA’s best home record in the regular season and are a perfect 4-0 at home in the Playoffs, but the Thunder is excited for the challenge.
After Saturday afternoon’s practice had ended and the Thunder began to huddle up, Kevin Durant, Derek Fisher and Nazr Mohammed lingered in the paint in front of one of the baskets.
Boxing out, rebounding and running with a purpose and proper spacing helped lead the Thunder to 30 fast break points in its Game 5 win against the Los Angeles Lakers, and Head Coach Scott Brooks’ team hopes to do more of the same in Game 1 against the San Antonio Spurs. The Thunder has the ability to play multiple different styles offensively, but scoring transition buckets can really give the offense a boost.
In the locker room, the film room and on the basketball court, the Thunder is ever-connected and always in communication.
Thunder Head Coach Scott Brooks, guard James Harden and forward Nick Collison each addressed the media on Friday.
All three men discussed needing to play full team defense as the Thunder continues to work on its defensive rotations. Whether it's stopping penetration, closing out on shooters or rotating over in help-side defense, the entirety of the Thunder’s defense will be tested.
“You have to always have second or third efforts. That’s what this series, I think, will be about,” Collison said.
As it always does during the regular season and in the Playoffs, the Thunder kicked off its half week of preparation for the San Antonio Spurs with a heavy film session on Wednesday.
The Thunder arrived in Oklahoma City with two Top-4 NBA Draft picks in tow, both 20-year olds who were learning how to be professionals. Four years later, the duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook have both once again been named to All-NBA teams.
OKLAHOMA CITY, May 24, 2012 – Thunder forward Kevin Durant was named to the All-NBA First Team and guard Russell Westbrook was named to the All-NBA Second Team for the 2011-12 season, it was announced earlier today by the NBA.
Durant was named to the All-NBA First Team for a third consecutive season after becoming just the seventh player in NBA history to capture three consecutive scoring crowns. During the 2011-12 season, Durant led the Thunder with 18 doubles-doubles and on Feb. 19 vs. Denver, he recorded a career-best 51 points.