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OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant downplays Tony Allen's defense

by Darnell Mayberry Published: April 22, 2014


The Thunder had another lengthy practice session Tuesday, but the bulk of the team’s time wasn’t spent on the court. It was again spent in the film room.

Much of the focus, according to Durant, was on pick-and-roll coverage, moving the basketball and moving without the ball.

“I think our guys did a good job in our film session of locking in,” Brooks said. “Had great dialogue. And we focused on the little things that we feel are important, things that we didn’t do as well as we would have liked and things that we will have time (Wednesday) to practice going into the next game.”

Brooks stressed to his team the need for having more of a sense of urgency in Game 3.

“Sometimes you don’t even really need to say too much because it’s right there in front of your face. It’s called the ‘truth box,’” said Kendrick Perkins.


Durant and Russell Westbrook in Game 2 combined to attempt 19 3-pointers, continuing a confusing trend that began late in the regular season of the All-Star duo jacking numerous shots from long distance.

“That’s probably a few too many for both,” Brooks said.

The Thunder took 30 3-pointers Monday and made nine. OKC fell to 3-10 this season when attempting 30 or more 3-pointers. The team is 57-14 when it attempts fewer than 30 3-pointers.

“We took a few too many quick shots,” Brooks said. “Quick is not good unless it’s in the paint or they’re open 3s. But those are areas that we’ve talked about and we hope to do much better with.”


Allen on how Memphis control the tempo in Game 2: “I don’t know too much about the offensive end, but I can tell you that we just wanted to execute and hold our hats on the defensive end.”


After holding a practice session Wednesday morning in Oklahoma City, the Thunder will travel to Memphis on Wednesday afternoon for Games 3 and 4. … With nine blocked shots, Thunder forward Serge Ibaka has more blocks through the first two games of the series than the Grizzlies as a team (seven). … Memphis has turned the ball over just 15 times through two games. … Grizzlies center Marc Gasol has scored 32 points on 34 shots in the first two games of the series. … Memphis has won 14 straight games at home.

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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