The Thunder practiced inside Chesapeake Energy Arena on Wednesday, something the team tries to do at least once a year. Generally, the team practices at its training facility in north Oklahoma City.
“This is us. This is our building,” Brooks said. “This is a place that we are very comfortable. We don't want teams to come in here and feel comfortable, and we take pride in playing in front of our crowd.”
After a 109-81 win over the Nuggets on Tuesday, guard Derek Fisher said he was most pleased with the team's youngest players giving the right effort.
“I think at this point in the season it's not necessarily about playing a perfect game or guys not making mistakes,” Fisher said. “But I think you can see the intentions and the willingness to play the game the right way. It's all through the team, from top to bottom, and that's what we need to continue to build on.”
Perhaps one of the overlooked aspects of the Thunder's performance against Denver was the rebounding game.
Oklahoma City out-rebounded Denver 55-33, including a 21-10 advantage on the offensive end. Rookies Steven Adams and Andre Roberson each had five offensive rebounds. Serge Ibaka pulled down four offensive boards. Four other players had at least one offensive rebound.
“That's not something that we've been very good on, one, because we shoot a pretty high percentage. Hopefully that continues,” Brooks said. “But we've never been a high offensive rebounding team. It's something that we definitely want to be able to put more into our offensive package, pounding the offensive glass.”
BY DARNELL MAYBERRY