Thunder notebook: Open spaces

By John Rohde, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Modified: February 11, 2011 at 7:46 pm •  Published: February 11, 2011

Better floor spacing has been stressed at practice since Tuesday night's careless 105-101 overtime loss at home to Memphis, but Thunder coach Scott Brooks said this is not a change in strategy. The Thunder will still be in attack mode.

“Teams always load the paint up on us,” Brooks said. “Statistically we don't have a great 3-point shooting percentage (33.6 percent; tied for 25th in the league), so the strategy is most teams will force you to take perimeter shots. One of the things is, we don't give into that strategy. We attack the basket. We get to the free throw line. I feel confident that we're going to make shots if it's the right play or the right pass or the right spacing and those are the ones you drive hard and draw a defender then kick it out to the open shooter. Those are the 3s that we make. The bad ones are the forced ones, the one-on-one shots.”

ON THE RECORD

14-3: First game after a loss.

14-1: Shooting 50 percent or better

5-8: Opponent shoots 50 percent or better.

17-4: Kevin Durant scores 30 points or more.

20-4: More assists than opponents.

12-3: At least 10 steals.

22-6: Outrebounding the opponent.