Oklahoma City Thunder: OKC simply got back to business against Dallas

Thunder took a little extra time during Monday shoot-around to study exactly what went wrong a few days earlier at Cleveland.
by Darnell Mayberry Modified: February 6, 2013 at 9:40 am •  Published: February 5, 2013

After a fourth-quarter debacle Saturday at Cleveland, the Oklahoma City Thunder returned home and had a day off.

Players were given the day to enjoy Super Bowl Sunday and be with family and friends. But on Monday morning, it was back to work.

And Thunder coach Scott Brooks was all business.

At the team's morning shoot-around before facing the Dallas Mavericks later that night, Brooks kept his players at the team's practice facility more than an hour longer than normal, locked inside a plush theater room poring over what went wrong against the Cavs and how it would be fixed going forward.

Brooks never allowed the players to police themselves. The coach did all the talking, or “fussing,” according to Kendrick Perkins.

“It was just way past due,” Perkins said. “We needed that, just to be able to come home and sit down and just break down the whole Cleveland game and everybody just look at what we need to do better. Each guy just look at his own self and try to get better at doing his job on the pick-and-roll defense.”

The marathon meeting translated into a much-needed cakewalk over the Mavs.

Oklahoma City dominated Dallas, building a 27-point first half lead that ballooned to 33 before settling for a 21-point win. The Thunder held the Mavs to 41 percent shooting and shut down Dirk Nowitzki (10 points on 11 shots) before pulling the starters for the duration of the final period.

“We responded well,” said Kevin Durant, who shook off a rib injury to register his 10th double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds. “But the toughest test is to see how we do the next game. It's easy to do it when (coach) gets on us the morning of the game. We got to see if we can sustain it and keep going the next game. So I'm looking forward to see how we respond against a good team.”

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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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