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OKC Thunder: Players share what they learned from the Finals

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING - Here's what the Oklahoma City Thunder players and coach Scott Brooks say about what they learned from the experience of losing to the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, 4-1. Those two teams meet again for the first time since Game 5 on Christmas Day in Miami.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: December 24, 2012
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SERGE IBAKA

“I learned to just be me. I learned to be aggressive. On both ends. It's the Finals. We need everybody. That is why I've been working on my game. And right now, my confidence is good. In the Finals, Russ or Kevin they can struggle sometimes. And they will need some help. That's why we have me, Thabo, Nick, Hasheem, Perk, everybody. That's what I learned.”

KENDRICK PERKINS

“It takes that second and third effort. It takes not one guy but a team. That's what I learned from the Finals last year. I watched Miami, they had multiple guys step up at different parts of the Finals, whether it was Shane Battier, Mike Miller or Chris Bosh. Different guys stepped up at different times.”

NICK COLLISON

“When you get to the highest level you have to be able to execute under the highest pressure. We didn't do it well enough in that series, so I think all season that's in the back of our minds, that we have to continue to build toward that time late in the year.”

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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