OKC coach Scott Brooks said he respects the Spurs, but added the NBA “did what they had to do” fining Jackson.
“That's behind us," Brooks said last week. “That has no bearing when we do play Monday night. It won't even be a thought in my mind.”
The Thunder leads the league in scoring (105.7) and point differential (9.3). Veteran forward Nick Collison said Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook deserve a lot of credit, but not for the reasons you might expect.
“We're not having to rely on our guys to make incredible plays, difficult plays,” Collison explained. “We're getting a lot more easy shots. I think Kevin and Russell deserve a lot of credit for that. They've embraced it and they're trusting everybody else.”
Collison explaining why the Thunder's assists are up from last season: “The decisions are easier when the spacing is better. When we're not playing in a crowd, we're getting better shots. Turnovers are starting to come down for us, too. We've just seen some growth for our whole team. It's comfortable playing with each other.”