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OKC Thunder: 3-point shooting saves stagnant defense in comeback win over Nuggets

On Monday night, when the Thunder's typically reliable defense failed repeatedly throughout an unenergized three quarters, it was the typically shaky long-range shooting that kept OKC in the game.
by Anthony Slater Published: November 18, 2013
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/articleid/3906250/1/pictures/2271665">Photo - Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant shoots against Denver’s J.J. Hickson and Wilson Chandler during Monday night’s game at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Photo by Nate Billings,  The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant shoots against Denver’s J.J. Hickson and Wilson Chandler during Monday night’s game at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

But in other ways, it was discouraging.

Through 10 games, the Thunder has seven wins. But none have come in dominant fashion.

The defense shows up, the offense disappears. The offense shows up, the defense disappears.

“We can't continue to do that and put pressure on ourselves,” Russell Westbrook said of the inconsistency. “Most of that is my fault. We got to start the game a lot better.”

It might not be hurting them much now, with the on/off switch flipping to the correct side just in the nick of time.

But come late in the season, playoff-time, OKC won't be able to get away with it.

“I think we just have to have more urgency on both ends,” Nick Collison said. “It has to be more of a priority. Just consistency of our effort and our concentration. (But) it's November. We have a lot of time left in the season.”

by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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