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By Darnell Mayberry Modified: October 15, 2008 at 4:15 pm •  Published: October 15, 2008
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Through its first five exhibition games, the Thunder has scored fewer than 90 points three times and has shot better than 42 percent only once.

But coach P.J. Carlesimo willingly accepts the blame for his team’s stagnant offense.

"A lot of that is me because we chose to emphasize defense (in training camp),” Carlesimo said following the Thunder’s 90-88 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night.

"We certainly don’t look like a good offensive team. We don’t do a good job getting into our sets. We don’t do a good job with shot selection.”

Carlesimo spent most of the team’s eight days of training camp establishing a defense identity. The Thunder then played five games in seven nights, leaving the team with little time to install many offensive sets.

But with eight days until the Thunder’s next preseason game against Phoenix on Oct. 23, the plan is to focus more on offense.

"We probably have one third (of the playbook) in,” Carlesimo said.

"We’ll put a bunch more in. We won’t put it all in because we’ve got three days after the Lakers game (on Oct. 24). We won’t have it all in by the first game, but we’ll be adding stuff as we go on.