"I realized I can’t change after every good game and every bad game,” Brooks said. "Jimmy told me, ‘Scott, you’re going to have a long career and if you get too high or get too low, you’re going to be a mess.’ And I was.”
Not getting too low after a loss might be easier to combat than getting too high after a win. Veteran forward Nick Collison said a player’s mind can get lost in the euphoria.
"You can maybe drive yourself a little nuts thinking about the game too much in the off days, maybe get away from what got you here and the fundamentals of how we play,” Collison said. "At the start of Game 3, I think we had a little bit of that. That crowd was so great and we were so fired up. Sometimes you start picturing in your head that you make a dunk and the crowd (is) going crazy, and you stop thinking about the little things and where you should be position-wise.”
All season, Ollie has marveled at the Thunder’s maturity despite having the NBA’s youngest roster.
"They understand. They just get it,” Ollie said of his teammates, some who aren’t much more than half his age. "They understand team values and everybody holding up their portion of the deal. It’s been excellent.”
Don’t misunderstand, the Thunder’s intent is not to flat-line. The team is more than willing to embrace all the excitement.
"That’s what you want,” Ollie said. "You want to get juiced, get the crowd excited. It’s great to feed off their energy. Why not get excited? Why not enjoy? Why not?
"You never know if you’re going to get this opportunity again. That’s what I try to tell them, ‘Enjoy this moment. Don’t get caught up in all this and all that, first time in the playoffs. Enjoy the moment, see what happens, continue to work hard, continue to believe in yourself and each other and see what happens.’”
Is there one locker room high that stands out above all others this season?
"Not yet,” Ollie said with a smile.
That moment has yet to come.
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