Thunder basketball: Brooks takes OKC's poor effort 'personal'

By Darnell Mayberry and Mike Baldwin, Staff Writers Modified: April 6, 2009 at 4:08 pm •  Published: April 6, 2009
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Thunder coach Scott Brooks called his team soft after Oklahoma City's 35-point home loss to Portland on Friday. After Sunday’s 117-99 loss to Indiana, Brooks said he was stunned his team didn’t play with better effort.

On Monday, Brooks said he takes his team’s recent lack of effort personally.

“I definitely take it personal. It hangs over me,” Brooks said. “We have to bring enthusiasm. We have to bring energy. Every game, I want guys to play with effort and my job is to find that effort. If a guy doesn’t have it I have to find somebody that can bring it and spark us by bringing that energy.”

The Thunder enters Tuesday's game against San Antonio having lost five straight at home, losing by an average margin of 17 points over that span.

“I want to figure out ways that we can get better,” Brooks said. “Whether we win or lose, I’ll still challenge myself to get better and figure out ways to make us look more complete.”

Rotation to stay the same

Despite the recent lackluster performances, Brooks said he hasn’t considered tweaking the starting lineup or making any changes to his nine-man rotation.

“I’m hoping that it’s a two-game streak and doesn’t turn into three,” Brooks said.

Defensive consistency the biggest issue

The Thunder has not shot well the past two games, but defense has been the biggest issue.

“The first part of defense is out front stopping the ball,” said Brooks.