OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook want to keep coach quiet

As long as Oklahoma City stars limit turnovers, then they will not hear much from coach Scott Brooks.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: May 24, 2012

“We're just making the right play,” Durant said. “We try not to make the home-run pass and be stronger with the ball knowing that every possession is important. During the season, sometimes we were lackadaisical with the ball and just throwing the pass just to throw it. Now we have to really be focused and locked in on where the pass is going and how we can make a good pass to a good shot. I think we've been locked in in that area. Hopefully, we keep it up.”

It will be vital against the Spurs, who have transformed into a more uptempo team that now thrives off quick scores. During the regular season, San Antonio ranked 10th in fast-break points at 13.9 per game, 0.2 points more than the heralded Miami Heat. And that figure perhaps still doesn't tell the full story considering the Spurs regularly blew out teams this season, with a league-best scoring margin of plus-7.9 points.

“We can't turn the ball over against great teams,” Westbrook said. “They capitalize on it every single time. My job is to make sure that we take care of the ball and we find a good shot.”

Westbrook certainly has done his part. He turned it over only four times in the entire series against the Lakers and is averaging just 1.6 turnovers thus far this postseason. Last year in the playoffs, Westbrook averaged a whopping 4.6.

“Just playing at my own pace,” Westbrook explained. “Not speeding up and just trying to find a spot where I'm comfortable.”

Durant also cut down on his turnovers in the semifinals, going from 3.8 against Dallas to 2.8 against the Lakers.

The Thunder's sustained success seemingly is largely dependent on Durant and Westbrook's continued improvement. They finished two and three, respectively, in total turnovers in the regular season.

But as long as they're taking care of the basketball, Brooks will keep quiet.

“He's just let us play,” Durant said of Brooks. “He knows we're going to make mistakes, but he's been really good at if we make mistakes just don't harp on it and move on to the next play and we've been getting better.”

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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