Thunder notebook: OKC looking to bring road toughness home

By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com Modified: November 28, 2010 at 10:22 pm •  Published: November 28, 2010
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An increasingly inexplicable trend the Thunder has developed has been dominance on the road and mediocrity at home. After a 99-98 loss at Houston on Sunday, the Thunder is 6-2 away from home and just 5-4 inside Oklahoma City Arena.


What gives?

“I have no clue. That's baffling me,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “We got great crowds, and it has nothing to do with our fan base because they bring it out every night. I don't know. I've been trying to figure that out. We just have to keep plugging away, and working and hopefully that turns around.”

Brooks then cited toughness as a potential factor.

“We have a toughness on the road that a lot of teams would like to have,” Brooks said. “We have to be able to do that at home. For some reason, when we're down five or six points on the road we know that we're going to just keep chipping away and battling. Sometimes that deficit goes from six to 10 or 12, and we don't have that same fight and resolve that we had on the road. But it'll come.”

WINNING CLOSE GAMES BECOMING A STAPLE FOR THE THUNDER

After Sunday's loss at Houston, the Thunder is 8-1 in games decided by seven points or less. Those victories have been far from flawless and anything but pretty, but the Thunder has found ways to win.

“I like what we're doing when the game is going into the fourth quarter. We're competing,” Brooks said before Sunday's game. “We have a mentality to just take every possession and finish them off with a rebound or a good shot. And that's how you win your close games. You're not going to win them all, but you have to put yourself in a position to rebound and to take a good shot every time. And we do a good job with that.”

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