Thunder notebook: OKC no longer flying under the radar

Oklahoman Modified: March 9, 2010 at 6:34 am •  Published: March 9, 2010

Thunder flying under the radar no more
Kevin Durant admitted the Thunder enjoys flying under the radar and attributed his team’s success this season in part to proving people wrong.

"That’s pretty cool when people don’t expect us to do something and we do it,” Durant said. "For example, winning (38) games, people didn’t expect that. I think that is pretty cool to us that people always underestimate us, but we come back and always show them what we really can do.”

Durant was then informed that the days of being overlooked likely are gone for good.

"We’re going to miss those days,” Durant said, "because once you start to get up there everything is in the spotlight. Once you do bad, people are really going to start to pinpoint those things.

"My godfather always told me, ‘they build you up to break you down.’ That’s something that nobody wants to go through. But that’s a part of this. I’m sure we’re willing to take the good and the bad. It’s just a matter of us continuing to be focused.”

ANGER MANAGEMENT
Thunder coach Scott Brooks said he never would have thought his team would draw three technical fouls in one game and especially not in a nine-minute span in the second quarter Sunday at Sacramento.

"I kind of liked it for a second, but I knew we had to regroup and play much better,” Brooks said.

Durant, Russell Westbrook and Jeff Green were each whistled for techs.

"Guys are competitive, and we’ve always done a good job of controlling our emotions,” Brooks said. "I’ve always used the (logic) that you don’t need to complain to the referees. Just do your job, and do it well and everything takes care of itself. It was a little too mouthy, but I’m glad that we did it because it put us in check going into the rest of the season.


Thunder flying under the radar no more

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