Fast Break Points- May 12 Notebook
Hey Thunder fans! You all are known for being some of the most knowledgeable and dedicated fans in the NBA, so it's no surprise that you are interested in receiving as much information and insight about the team as possible. With the flurry of activity surrounding the Thunder throughout the NBA Playoffs, thunder.nba.com will be hitting you with some unique and interesting sights and sounds from practice, shoot-arounds and media sessions.
Below are the Fast Break Points from Saturday's practice as the Thunder awaits its opponent for its Round 2 matchup in the Western Conference Playoffs.
- Guard Daequan Cook said that it was another intense practice today for the Thunder. The team has been waiting for a while, so it will be nice to know who it will play after tonight. The winner of tonight’s Los Angeles Lakers-Denver Nuggets game will travel to Oklahoma City for Round 2. “We were just getting up and down, getting our wind and just competing at a high level today,” Cook said.
- Forward Kevin Durant expanded on what the Thunder accomplished in practice today, saying, “We were just trying to fine tune our offense and defense. It was a good practice. We’re looking forward to finding out who our next opponent is. They are two really, really good teams, and I know our coaches are going to have us prepared.”
- Kendrick Perkins, according to Cook, was just watching practice but was getting shots up and that the team can’t wait to get him back. Head Coach Scott Brooks said he wasn’t sure quite yet whether Perkins will play in the game on Monday or not.
- Cook said that this past week has been great for the team’s development, along with the individual things the Thunder has worked on. The team has been catching up on a few things on the offensive end in terms of executing and putting in some more plays. Cook said it’s important to add extra plays and to execute the offense a lot better heading into Round 2.
- Coach Brooks said that the guys weren’t anxious yesterday, but it was clear his guys want to get onto the court against either the Lakers or Nuggets as soon as possible. He said that today’s practice was supposed to be on the lighter side, but the guys were going so hard that he let it go a little bit longer. Brooks said it was chippy because the guys are ready and want to play against somebody in a different color jersey.
- Coach Brooks also broke down its two potential opponents. He said that the Lakers present problems because of Kobe Bryant and two of the most difficult-to-handle post players in the league in Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol. As for the Nuggets, Brooks said they’re the fastest team in the NBA, top to bottom. Ty Lawson is a jet and JaVale McGee and Kenneth Faried get down court in a hurry after both missed and made baskets.
- Durant said that over the five playoff series he’s played in, he’s learned quite a bit. He’s figured out how to pick and choose his spots, and that has helped him a lot. He knows he can get to the rim, knows when he can shoot the jumper and when he can get in closer. Durant gave credit to his teammates, who do a great job of putting him a good position, setting screens and giving up their bodies.
- Durant, happy for his friend LeBron James winning the MVP- “It’s unheard of for a guy to get three out of four MVPs. He’s a good friend of mine. I’m happy for him and of course I would have loved to have had the MVP, but at the same time I have to keep improving, keep getting better and hopefully I’ll have one soon.”