During pregame, here's what Thunder coach Scott Brooks said of the opposing team's point guard: "He does so many great things. We have to do a great job of containing him in transition. He can make shots at the rim. It's going to take a team effort to stop him."
Brooks happened to be talking about Utah's Deron Williams, but he just as easily could have been discussing any of the point guards the Thunder faces at home for three straight Sundays. Next Sunday, it's Boston's Rajon Rondo. The Sunday after that, it's San Antonio's Tony Parker. And remember, the Thunder faced Chicago's Derrick Rose in its home opener last Wednesday.
"Every night you play in this league, you play against somebody good," Thunder backup point guard Eric Maynor said. "You can't take nights off. You take a night off, that's when you know you're going to have a bad night and you end up losing."
Sunday was one of those nights as Williams finished with 16 points, 15 assists and six rebounds in the Jazz's 120-99 win over Oklahoma City.
Before the game, Utah coach Jerry Sloan expressed frustration at his team's lack of energy in the first two games.
From the outset of the game, however, it was the Thunder that was lacking enthusiasm.
"We didn't really have any energy," Thunder forward Kevin Durant said. "They jumped right on us, man. We waited too long to fight back. It's a lesson learned."