*Coach George Karl, on the Nuggets scoring just five points in the first 8½ minutes of the fourth quarter in Game 3: "For some reason the scoreboard was stuck on 78 for about four minutes. It really bothered me. The scorekeeper was doing a bad job."
*Reserve guard J.R. Smith, on if there is motivation in not letting the Thunder celebrate in Denver: "If it's not, it damn sure should be. For me, that's an eyesore for your career, somebody celebrating on your court if they beat you. I hope everyone else feels the same way."
*Power forward Kenyon Martin on the Thunder: "We knew they could play. We're not underestimating them. We knew they could play. They just had our number three games."
*Karl on preparing for Game 4: "It's going to be a hard day. Hopefully with Easter, family and friends, we can get away from it for a little bit and come back tomorrow and be desperate and intense. My feeling is, I think what we're learning is we have to play hard with tremendous intensity. That's the first challenge in any playoff game, and we can, we're capable of, and we will, play better than we have all playoff series (Monday) night."
*Team captain Martin, on if he gave a team speech: "There's nothing I can come up right now that's going to make the guys feel better (about) last night. If so, I need to go write me a book or something."