"We're going to get it right."
OK. But Westbrook is indicative of the Thunder teeter-totter. West was alternately spectacular and awful Sunday. Bamboozled and undressed at times by Rajon Rondo, his point guard counterpart. Took over the game at other times.
Westbrook's line: 16 points on 6-of-16 shooting, 10 assists, four steals and eight turnovers (seemed like more). That's the Westbrook we figured to see last season; instead, we got the Westbrook who developed into a star.
Celtic coach Doc Rivers talked like a coach who still fears Oklahoma City.
"We came out in the first half and played as well as a team can play," Rivers said. "You can't let up, not with a team with Westbrook and (Kevin) Durant.
"They'll be fine. Everybody's gunning for them. They'll be right back up there at the end. They're so talented. They're well-coached. They'll be there. I'm glad we only see 'em twice."
Here in OKC, we see the Thunder 82 times. Hopefully soon we'll see the Thunder we saw a year ago.
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