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Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Steven Adams studying film to get up to speed

Steven Adams has worked closely with assistant coach Mark Bryant, watching film on opponents and himself after every game to gain a better understanding of defensive schemes and player's strengths.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: November 2, 2013

/articleid/3900524/1/pictures/2245291">Photo - Thunder center Steven Adams shoots against Utah’s Derrick Favors during Sunday’s preseason victory against the Jazz at Chesapeake Energy. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Thunder center Steven Adams shoots against Utah’s Derrick Favors during Sunday’s preseason victory against the Jazz at Chesapeake Energy. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

The film sessions have helped.

“It definitely does,” Adams said. “When you think about it, you're playing and in your mind you're picturing what you look like. And then when you see yourself you're like, ‘What the hell?' It's a reality check. You're like, ‘Dang, I do that?' So it's definitely good to watch video so you can see yourself. You can get the criticism and understand where the coaches are coming from. They see it and you don't.”

 

TURNOVER TROUBLE THROUGH TWO

The Thunder had 21 turnovers in Friday's 19-point loss at Minnesota, and the Wolves scored 25 points off of them.

By halftime, the Thunder had as many turnovers (13) as made field goals.

“We got to take care of the ball,” Brooks said. “We're giving a very good offensive team easy possessions by our turnovers …We got to do a much better job of really valuing the basketball. We can't talk about it. We got to start doing it.”

Through two games, the Thunder has just 25 assists against 35 turnovers.

 

SCOUTING PHOENIX

The Thunder plays its home opener Sunday night against Phoenix, providing OKC with an opportunity to bounce back quickly from Friday night's massacre in Minnesota.

But the Suns, projected to be one of the worst teams in the league, are off to a surprisingly good start at 2-0.

The Thunder, however, has won 10 straight against Phoenix, including the last five at home.

Guards Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic lead the Suns, averaging 20 points and 15.5 points, respectively.

“They're fast,” Brooks said. “The last two games, 31 and 24 in fast break points. There's no question they want to get up and down the court and play aggressive basketball. And their pick-and-roll game, they've got two point guards that start in the backcourt that are very aggressive and love to create for themselves and their teammates off of pick-and-roll action. We have to have good coverage there. So transition and pick-and-roll coverage are very important.”

 

QUOTABLE

Brooks on choosing to not review Friday's loss at Minnesota: “There's no reason to watch the film. They know we got our butts kicked. There are some times throughout the year that you have to not watch the film as a group.”

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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