OKC Thunder notebook: Derek Fisher plays final regular season game in San Antonio

The Thunder veteran is blogging about experiences during his final NBA season.
by Anthony Slater Published: January 23, 2014
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Before Wednesday's game in San Antonio, Durant was asked how he stayed so focused during the dog days of the NBA season.

 

As a player, and team, so focused on winning a championship, did he ever find it difficult to avoid daydreaming about May and June?

 

“If you ask any professional athlete, you honor the process, honor the journey,” Durant said. “You appreciate it. You can't get to June or May without going through December, January, February. So we know that. We know how long that takes.

“Everybody on the outside always thinks about championships, finals, playoffs. But you gotta honor it by coming into work every single day in January to get better.”

 

FISHER ON DURANT

 

Also on his personal website, Fisher blogged his thoughts about Durant's recent hot streak.

 

“Oddly enough, I think that losing Russell (Westbrook) in the playoffs last year prepared Kevin for the season that he's having now,” Fisher wrote. “It heightened his awareness of what it is that he needs to do to make our team special, whether Russell is there or not.

 

“That's what I think has really catapulted him to an even higher level than he performed at last year. He's doing everything that needs to be done in order to really help carry our team to the level we're capable of reaching. He's had a great season, and I don't see any reason why he'd slow down.”

 

STAT OF THE DAY

 

The Thunder has been a spotty 3-point shooting team all season. But as of late, OKC has been on an uptick. In its recent wins over the Spurs and Blazers, the Thunder went a combined 20-of-33 from deep, jumping its season clip to 35.3 percent, 18th in the NBA.

 

STANDINGS UPDATE

 

The Thunder, at 33-10, sits alone atop the Western Conference. The Spurs (32-10) are a half-game back, and the Blazers (31-11) are 1.5 games back. Indiana, the East's top seed at 33-8, holds a one-game advantage on the Thunder for best record in the NBA.


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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