Thunder notebook: Dallas coach complains about Thunder defense on Dirk Nowitzki

By Darnell Mayberry Published: May 22, 2011
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PERIMETER SHOOTING NOT WORRISOME

The Thunder missed its first 16 3-pointers Saturday before finishing 1-for-17 from behind the arc.

Thunder coach Scott Brooks, however, didn't view that 5.9 percentage as much of a problem, largely because the shot selection wasn't poor.

“Out of those 17, I think maybe three were not good ones,” Brooks said. “But we still have to step up and shoot it.”

BENCH PLAY KEY

In the first three games of this series, the team with the better bench has come away victorious.

In Game 1, Dallas' reserves outscored the Thunder's 53-22 and sparked the Mavs to a 121-112 win. In Game 2, the Thunder's reserves outscored the Mavs' 50-29 to key a 106-100 win. And in Game 3, Dallas' bench outscored OKC's 28-16 to take a 93-87 decision.

QUOTABLE

Collison on the Thunder trying to recover from a 23-point deficit: “You need to be almost perfect at that point when you get that big of a hole.”



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