Every game is a must win for Thunder

By Mike Baldwin Published: November 19, 2008
t theoretically it helps your confidence. Going back-to-back with New Orleans this weekend we need to play better. If we can play like we did (Monday night) that would be significant.”

How important would a win be?

"It would be huge,” said Nick Collison. "It gives you a lot more than another W on the record. It helps the psyche of the team. We’ve got to find a way to get a win.”

Teams mired in losing streaks search for positives.

The first two weeks the defense played well. Jeff Green has shown glimpses of major improvement his second season. Center Robert Swift, at times, has provided production in the paint. Kevin Durant is capable of a monster game any night.

"We haven’t gotten off to the start we wanted, but there have been some positives,” Presti said. "Everyone is committed to doing their part. We feel we have the focus of the organization in the right place and will continue to work at it.

"I don’t want to paint a picture we’re down or discouraged. We have to recognize where we are and move on from this point. The way to do that is looking where we are and put in the work.”

Looking ahead

The Thunder’s schedule has been challenging the first three weeks. It doesn’t get any easier in the next week. But starting Nov. 28, only two opponents over an 11-game stretch currently has a winning record.

Oct. 28-Nov. 26

Opponents’ record: 81-49 *

Nov. 28-Dec. 19

Opponents’ record: 41-63

* excluding Minnesota, which is the Thunder’s only win

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