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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

With the Oklahoma City Thunder set to meet the Miami Heat for the first time since Game 5, players and coach Scott Brooks share what they learned from playing and coaching in the NBA Finals:


“It takes a lot of mental toughness to win four rounds. And we were right there. A couple of plays here and there could have changed the dynamic of that series. But the thing I took from it is that we have a heck of a team that competes every night, and no matter when and where, or whatever part of the series that we're in, we compete every night.”


“Every play counts. Every possession counts. It's important to take care of the ball and make sure you get the shot you want (every time) down the floor and make sure things are running correctly. It's important. At that time it's win or go home, and it's more important to be able to take it one possession at a time.”


“Right now, I think we're seeing the benefits of going to the Finals last year. We played really well against San Antonio, and then I think we could have done a better job against Miami. But right now, the way we're passing the ball and the different things that we're doing, I think it's a result of us trying to get better as a team.”


“We know how important it is for everybody to be involved, not just at the start of the Finals or the playoffs but right around this time. We know that everybody is important. Every possession is important. We realize that. Some of the battles we had in the playoffs these last few years taught us a big lesson in how we need everybody and every possession needs to be important. We learned a lot. I think that's why we're getting better throughout the season.”

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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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