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OKC Thunder Q&A: Doc Rivers talks about Game 2 loss to Oklahoma City Thunder

by Berry Tramel Modified: May 8, 2014 at 5:49 pm •  Published: May 8, 2014
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How difficult is it when Durant and Westbrook are so focused?

“It’s hard, but you know, that’s why their names are Westbrook and Durant. They’re very good players. I still believe that’s only 63 points (combined for the two). You can still win the game, and we’ve beaten them before when they’ve both had great games. I didn’t like how they scored. It was too easy. I thought we had way too many mental defensive breakdowns. I wasted three timeouts in a row because we said we were going to switch twice, and both times Durant is laying it in. The playoffs are a single-possession game. Every single possession, you have to have great focus and you have to be locked in. Today we were not. I thought it was because of all the clutter. We were upset at the officials, we were upset at everything, instead of turning our anger toward the opponent and focus. Tonight we just didn’t have it, but I’ve got to give them credit. I don’t know if we didn’t have it or they took it from us. I thought they were very good tonight. They were physical, they moved the ball, so give them a lot of credit.”

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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