OKC Thunder notebook: Thunder looking to patch up perimeter defense

Through its first seven games, the Thunder had allowed an average or 27.1 3-point attempts. That ranked Oklahoma City second to last in the NBA.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: November 14, 2013
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Through its first seven games, the Thunder had allowed an average of 27.1 3-point attempts. That ranked OKC second to last.

Only the Philadelphia 76ers had allowed more 3-pointers on average.

A number of factors could explain opponents launching so many long-range shots, including but not limited to the Thunder's focus on closing the paint, early season matchups or, simply, slow closeouts.

“I think the league shoots a lot of 3s now,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “You have to make sure they're contested. We need to do a better job of contesting the 3-point shooters. But we focus on protecting the paint and not giving up any easy shots around the basket. But we still want t be able to do it all, protect the paint, contest the 3-point shooters and limit them to one shot.”

Kevin Durant said the Thunder's interior defenders, Serge Ibaka, Kendrick Perkins and Steven Adams might be discouraging teams from attacking the basket, which has led to more 3-pointers.

“I look at it this way, a lot of teams when they go into the paint, they're a little scared to see Serge down there and Perk and Steven,” Durant said. “And they do a great job of kicking that ball out and making us scramble. And they're hitting those shots. So we just got to do a better job of running them off the line and getting a hand up on those shots and hopefully they start to miss them.”

Before Thursday's game at Golden State, the Thunder had allowed 34.7 percent from 3-point range, ranking 11th in the league.

BARNES FINED

Clippers forward Matt Barnes was fined $25,000 for failing to leave the court in a timely manner following his ejection against the Thunder in Wednesday's game and using inappropriate language on his Twitter account, the NBA announced on Thursday.

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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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