Jackson: “I think that happens not just every series but every game. The team that loses or the team that plays bad, our job is to tell a story. Basically, if you're playing bad, we're going to talk about that. I think it comes off to a true fan like you're disliking their team. So it's quite amusing to me. But it comes with the job, and it's a compliment, really, when they do that because it tells you that you spoke the facts.”
Q. What does the Thunder need to do to take the next step next season?
Dr. Jack Ramsay: “I think maturity is No. 1. They clearly shot themselves in the foot in Dallas, but Dallas had something to do with that, and Dallas demonstrated the poise and mental toughness that I think the Thunder has to acquire before they're going to get to the next level. It's a very good team. It's well-coached. They have very good young personnel. They play together. They like each other. But they need to mature so they can make big plays down the stretch, which they did not do in the series against Dallas.”
Jackson: “I think what they've gone through and the setbacks only make them better in understanding what it takes to win ballgames and how you close out games. They're going to get better just for the simple fact of going through these situations. Last year, losing to the Lakers and this year losing to the Mavs, they're only going to get better and have a better understanding of how you bust through the door and ultimately win the whole thing.”