Thunder notebook: Bouncing back after San Antonio debacle

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: January 2, 2011 at 5:59 pm •  Published: January 2, 2011
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The Thunder is 9-1 after a loss this season. That's the good news if you're a Thunder fan.

The bad news is the team's one loss came after its only other 20-plus-point defeat when Oklahoma City lost against Utah by 21 on Halloween before getting humiliated by the Los Angeles Clippers.


The Thunder suffered its worst defeat of the year in a 25-point loss to San Antonio on Saturday. And the Memphis Grizzlies await on Tuesday night.

“You have to get past it,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “It's the NBA. You don't have time to enjoy a victory. You don't have time to get down on yourself. If that happens then you're not ready for the next game.”

Thunder forward Kevin Durant said his team needs to learn from the loss and “flush it down the toilet.”

“We have another game coming up in a couple of days and we just got to get past this and know that we can't have this type of showing again.”

HARDEN REGAINING CONFIDENCE

Brooks said James Harden's slow start was not a matter of youth or inexperience but a product of poor shooting snowballing.

“He was just missing some shots,” Brooks said. “Anytime you miss some shots, human nature is you won't be as confident as you need to be.”

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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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