Fast Break Points- June 20 Notebook

MIAMI --The Thunder fell to the Miami Heat in a difficult 104-98 defeat at American Airlines Arena in Game 4 that brought the series to 3-1 in Miami’s favor. Neither that deficit nor last night’s game, however, is having an impact on the way the Thunder prepares itself for Game 5 against the Heat, a do-or-die match-up that will determine whether the team can bring this series back to Oklahoma City for Game 6.

“That game is over with,” Durant said. “It’s a new game. We have another crack at it and we have to come out with a lot of energy like we did last game and try to sustain it.”

With that attitude of getting one more chance in mind, the Thunder took to the practice floor on Wednesday to get itself ready for Thursday night’s contest. With opportunities to win all four games late in the fourth quarter this series, the Thunder feels that it has been a few plays here or there away from taking better control of the series. With a win against Miami on Thursday night, Head Coach Scott Brooks’ club would have re-claimed its home-court advantage, simply needing to take care of games on its home floor to win it all. It starts with the ever-important first elimination game on Thursday.

“I think our guys are going to come out and play a great game,” Brooks said. “I anticipate that. I have a lot of belief in our guys. I understand all the work they put in, I see it every day. This game is always about that. It’s always about the work that you put in to be in this position and these guys are in this position because of that.”

Below are the Fast Break Points from Wednesday's practice:

-Both Durant and Russell Westbrook referred to the Thunder’s comeback from 2-0 down in the Western Conference Finals this year as evidence of this team being able to overcome adversity, which it believes it can do again.

-Durant talked about defending Mario Chalmers while also trying to be a force on the glass. He said that it’s difficult to get back down on the block to rebound, but it’s something that he’s going to have to do moving forward.

-“I am going to keep playing basketball the right way,” Durant said. “I’m going to keep being me. If I see a shot, I’m going to take it and I’m going to keep trying to go at these guys. But I have faith in my teammates no matter what.”

-Brooks said that he hopes his team will be able to step up and knock down the three pointers that it has had available earlier in this series but hasn’t been able to convert.

-Brooks talked about Westbrook’s offensive night, saying that he was terrific and active on both ends of the floor. Whether it was his midrange game, attacking the rim or knocking down free throws Westbrook made an impact by being aggressive.

-Brooks said that the Thunder is at its best when it is moving the ball and getting assists. He thought his team did a better job of that in the first half of Game 4, in addition to playing with better pace.

-“Staying together, just keep fighting, keep going at it, keep coming in and working every day,” Westbrook said. “Watch film, learn from our mistakes, what we need to do to win the game, and that helped us out.”

-Westbrook said that he hasn’t really delved into the historical impact of his Game 4 performance, but he can’t be all that happy about it considering his team didn’t win. As he said last night after the game, all that matters to him is if his team wins.