Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Scott Brooks brushes off potentially revealing defensive stat

According to the new SportVu data, OKC ranks dead last in the NBA at contesting opposing jumpshots. Thunder coach Scott Brooks says he focuses on defensive field goal percentage.
by Anthony Slater Modified: February 26, 2014 at 11:51 pm •  Published: February 26, 2014

“Russell isn’t just a dynamic basketball player statistically,” Fisher wrote. “He also has a dynamic presence. There’s no replacing his energy level and his voice, and he just brings a certain brand of toughness, confidence and swagger to our game as a team.”

But, Fisher admitted, an adjustment period was inevitable.

“The reality is: It doesn’t matter what you’re doing,” Fisher wrote. “If you have to stop doing that thing for weeks or months, it takes a while for you to get used to doing it again.”

ADAMS GETS EXTENDED MINUTES

In his first start in place of the injured Kendrick Perkins, Steven Adams played only 16 minutes.

In his second, Adams received 25, his most playing time since mid-December. He had four points, four rebounds and one block.

“He had some good moments,” Brooks said. “And he had some moments we are going to look at on film and correct them for the next game.”

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By Anthony Slater


by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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