OKC showed glimpses of growth in each of those three areas in its seven exhibition games. When the Thunder was at its best, the ball swung quickly from player to player, leading to quality shot attempts, and the team closed out defensive possessions with rebounds.
The key now is carrying it over.
“Repetition is going to help us, throughout a game, throughout the season, every day,” said Durant. “We might get tired of the same things, but if we continue to do it, then it's going to be natural for us. I think that's what the coaches are doing a great job of every day, just making sure we know the basics.”
Brooks was again noncommittal Monday when asked about his rotation. In recent days, Brooks said he had not yet decided on a backup center, presumably between Hasheem Thabeet and rookie Steven Adams. On Monday, Brooks said his starting five wasn't even set in stone.
“No. Even the first game, everything is still fluid,” Brooks said. “You still have to continue to play hard and well. And my job is to try to find the best players and the best combinations of players on the floor, whether it's the starters or the guys coming off the bench. Even the guys that won't play the first so many games, they have to stay ready because nothing's set.”
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