â€œIâ€™m just trying to be aggressive and trying to at least get a foul,â€ Green said. â€œAll the ones, beside Golden State, were to the rim.â€
Most importantly for the Thunder is how a victory has been salvaged in each of the first two games despite awful offense and stretches of bad defense. The Thunder shot just 38.8 percent Friday and missed 13 of 15 3-pointers. Oddly enough, Green was just 1-for-8 from the 3-point line.
But for the second straight game, the Thunder buckled down defensively in the fourth quarter. Aside from allowing Gordonâ€™s hot streak, the Thunder reversed everything that allowed the Pistons to shoot 49.3 percent through the first three quarters. OKC held Detroit to 7-for-18 shooting and forced the Pistons into four turnovers.
Now, the Thunder is 2-0, and itâ€™s impossible to overstate how important gutting out these early, sometimes ugly, wins is for this ballclub.
â€œWe know we can win we donâ€™t shoot good,â€ Green said. â€œJust imagine if we shoot good and we play the defense that we play. We can play with a lot of teams.â€