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Jeff Green comes up big for Thunder in win

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: October 30, 2010 at 9:35 am •  Published: October 29, 2010

“It never gets old,” Green said.

In Wednesday’s season opener, Green also finished off Chicago with a timely 3-pointer that pushed a 10-point lead to 13 with 1:29 remaining.

“I’m just trying to be aggressive and trying to at least get a foul,” Green said. “All the ones, beside Golden State, were to the rim.”

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 Gordon’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 it’s impossible to overstate how important gutting out these early, sometimes ugly, wins is for this ballclub.

“We know we can win we don’t shoot good,” Green said. “Just imagine if we shoot good and we play the defense that we play. We can play with a lot of teams.”

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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