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Thunder notebook: Easier schedule

By Mike Baldwin, Staff Writer, Published: February 26, 2010
Riding a two-game losing streak, the Thunder has an opportunity to regain some momentum the next three weeks, starting with a three-game homestand against Minnesota (tonight), Toronto (Sunday) and Sacramento (Tuesday).

"Even though we lost our last two our confidence is still up,” said guard Thabo Sefolosha. "Coming back home, if we can take care of business, and win these three games, we’ll see after that.”

The Thunder has a better record than 10 of its next 12 opponents, the exceptions being a road game Wednesday at Denver and a home game March 14 with Utah. The three-week stretch includes six home games, six road games.

Of the other five road games, the most difficult are March 17 at Charlotte and March 19 at Toronto.

"On any given night you can lose,” said forward Kevin Durant. "Other teams have made big plays. We sometimes make a play, but they come back and make a bigger play. That’s part of this league. We can’t get down on ourselves. We’ve just got to continue to work. and know these next three games will be important for us.”

Late-game shooting slump
The Thunder has gone a combined 0-of-18 in the final five minutes of its last two games.

Leading by 10 points with 5:02 left Tuesday night, OKC missed its final eight field-goal attempts in a 104-102 loss to Phoenix.

In a loss to San Antonio Wednesday night, OKC led 85-83 with 4 1/2 minutes to play but missed its final 10 field-goal attempts.

Ibaka, Collison update
The Thunder’s two inside reserves — Nick Collison (sprained right knee) and Serge Ibaka (back spasms) — sat out Wednesday’s game and are questionable for tonight’s game.

Collison said he was in some pain the second half against Phoenix and would have to see how the knee responds following Thursday’s day off.


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