After Tuesday night's 110-105 loss at Memphis, Thunder All-Star Kevin Durant and some teammates admitted they made mistakes and did not play well against the Grizzlies. OKC gets another crack at Memphis at 7 p.m. Saturday inside Oklahoma City Arena.
“I like that (our) guys know they made mistakes,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “First, they don't want to (make mistakes). It's a problem if you don't know that you made a mistake and you blame in on everybody else. That's why I love our guys. They don't ever play the blame game. They understand they should have played better.”
NOT HALF BAD
Odd as it sounds, the key to Thursday night's 99-95 victory at Dallas not only was the Thunder's second-half defense when the Mavericks shot 34.2 percent, but also that OKC trailed just 55-51 at intermission after the Mavs shot 58.5 percent from the field in the first half.
“You have to go into every game and make it a fourth-quarter game,” Brooks said. “I thought the first half being down four, the way they were shooting the ball, it could have easily been a 12- to 15-point deficit … I thought the third quarter was as good as any team could play defense.”
Former Oklahoma State guard Tony Allen has built his NBA reputation as a defender, but it was his superlative offense that helped lead the Grizzlies to victory over the Thunder earlier this week.