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Oklahoma City Thunder: OKC hits the road during January's 'dog days'

January brings the “dog days” of an NBA season, a time when teams crawl to the halfway point and slightly beyond in a demanding 82-game schedule. Now OKC faces the double-whammy of being road dogs during the dog days.
BY JOHN ROHDE Published: January 4, 2013

Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha is in his seventh season and falls somewhere in the middle on the subject. Does he believe January brings dog days?

“No,” Sefolosha said, ironically while letting out a huge yawn. “I know we've got a lot of games on the road this month, but it's going to be about taking care of business on the court, having fun off the court with the guys and taking that time away from home to do something different.

“We've got a lot of back-to-backs, so it doesn't give us a whole lot of time to think, really. And that's a good thing.”

Collison agreed with Sefolosha's assessment of back-to-backs.

“I know what he's saying, for sure,” Collison said. “Sometimes it's just better to get out there and play and get going. There are so many different things throughout the season that sometimes are good and sometimes are not so good.”

This will be coach Scott Brooks' 20th January in the NBA — 10 years as a player and 10 as an assistant/coach.

“You understand going in that it's a long season,” Brooks said. “There's a lot of ups and downs that you have to fight through both ways. You can't get overconfident, you can't get too down. We've always seemed to manage that very well during a long season, but it's also an exciting season because you have so many opportunities to do well, perform well, improve as a team and to play guys who don't play a lot of minutes.”