"They have some talented wing players, (Jason
,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks
. "Their two points guards (Raymond
, are terrific players. We have to really focus on containing them. We don’t want one or two of those guys to have monster games.”
will occasionally be matched against center Emeka Okafor
"Okafor is a big, strong guy, but it’s a mismatch both ways,” said Desmond Mason
. "Jeff can hold his own. He’s a lot stronger than people think. And Okafor will have problems when he has to come out on the perimeter and guard Jeff.”
Brooks emphasized defense during practices Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
"Defense is effort,” Brooks said. "We have to be willing to stop our guy — individual pride — No. 1, then (defensive) technique comes second.