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OKC Thunder trying to catch up

By Mike Baldwin Modified: October 16, 2008 at 12:30 am •  Published: October 16, 2008

/> "This week, we can watch a lot of film and see how guys get off (scoring),” forward Chris Wilcox said. "On offense, every guy has to have a go-to play. Now we can find out what that play is and hopefully get guys going.”

Eight days without a game will allow several players hampered by injuries time to heal. It’s also an opportunity to spend much needed time on the practice court.

"It’s good to play games, but it was too disjointed,” coach P.J. Carlesimo said. "It’s not being able to regroup in practice that’s hurt us the most. The travel isn’t that terrible. Even if you played five games in seven days, all in Oklahoma City, it still wouldn’t be good in terms of trying to prepare your team. But it is what it is.”

Carlesimo said six practices over the next week could be more valuable than the final two preseason games next week.

"We have a little identifying to do, saying: ‘This is what this guy does well,’ or these combinations play well together,” Carlesimo said. "We need to get to know our players... We’ll put in a lot of things offensively and get a little variety with our defense. We’ve been basically playing one way. We need to make some adjustments.”

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