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Coaches Keys To The Series

by Darnell Mayberry Published: May 17, 2011

Both coaches laid out three keys to their respective team’s having success in this Western Conference Finals.


1) Be Effficient Offensively

Oklahoma Citydoes a great job of forcing turnovers, ripping at the ball, deflecting; and then when they get their hands on it, they’re very, very quick at converting. SO how efficiently you function offensively can impact your defense a great deal.”

2) Transition Defense

Make or miss, our transition defense has got to be great. Westbrook has gotten so great at attacking early. Getting to the rim. His mid-range game gets better and better all the time. And so when he drives in there, it puts you in rotation and it opens their guys up for assault on the boards.”

3) Rebounding.


1) 3-point Defense

We have to, no question, take care of their 3-point shooting. Their going to end up having the top three or four in the history of the game in makes. And we have to take care of that.”

2) Rebounding

We have to make sure we rebound the basketball so we can get out and run and try to score in transition.”

3) Ball Security

Take care of the basketball. Last series, we had a few games that were higher than we would have liked. Taking care of the basketball is very important for us.”


by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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