Fast Break Points- May 1st Notebook
Below are the Fast Break Points from Tuesday's shoot around as the Thunder prepares for Game Three of the first-round series against the Dallas Mavericks.
· Russell Westbrook commented on Derek Fisher’s impact on the team, beyond his 11 points on 5-for-6 shooting. “He’s a vet,” Westbrook said. “Fish knows what it takes to win. He’s been on winning teams. I just sit back and watch and learn.”
· Westbrook was asked how he felt about commentators saying the Thunder has won two games in “ugly” fashion. He echoed Fisher’s statement from the locker room last night, when Fisher said that none of his championship rings say how the series were won on the side. “I don’t really care what it looks like,” Westbrook said. “In the playoffs it doesn’t matter. We’re up 2-0, that’s all that matters. Its 0-0 now, we have to try to go (to Dallas) and get a win.”
· A huge part of Monday’s victory was the Thunder’s ability to hit free throws. The team went 37-for-39 from the free throw line, including nine straight to end the game. “(We have) a lot of confidence,” Westbrook said. “We practice free throws every day. You never know when you’re going to need them and last night was a night when we needed them.”
· Westbrook has averaged 28.5 points per game in this series thus far while also being tasked with guarding Jason Terry. The fourth-year point guard elicited praise from both Brooks and his teammate Collison. “He’s been great,” Collison said. “They’re giving him the pull-up shot almost anytime he wants it, so he’s been able to hit that shot. Defensively he’s really been good, moments when he’s taken his man out of the game.”
· One of the most exciting plays of the game came during a 9-0 Thunder run to end the first quarter, when James Harden fed Collison for a slick two-handed reverse layup. “I was going to dunk it but I wanted to make sure it got high enough,” Collison said. “It was kind of in between so I’m glad I made it.”
· The Thunder is perpetually trying to improve and get better, which is why it will make the most of its two practice sessions today and on Wednesday. “We want to play better for sure,” Collison said. “We don’t feel like we’ve played great basketball, but Dallas has a lot to do with that. They’re a really good team and a smart team. A lot of the adjustments we have to make are watching film and trying to just change how we play. Today was more of a recovery day for us and we’ll probably do a light practice tomorrow and try to work on some things. We’d love to be able to figure out how to execute better.”