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Thunder notebook: Scott Brooks says nerves are a good thing

Thunder coach Scott Brooks doesn't expect the Thunder to be completely calm before Tuesday's Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Some nervousness is to be expected.
by Ryan Aber Published: June 10, 2012

/articleid/3683268/1/pictures/1744062">Photo - Coach Scott Brooks watches team after the Thunder practice Sunday, June 10, 2012. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman
Coach Scott Brooks watches team after the Thunder practice Sunday, June 10, 2012. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman

Serge Ibaka figures to be a critical piece to defending the Heat.

“We have to make sure they get nothing easy,” Ibaka said. “We need to be aggressive every single minute.

“In these playoffs, you try to sleep and they'll start getting dunks and making exciting plays. We need to make sure everything they make will be tough.”


Brooks understands that much will be made of the Kevin Durant-LeBron James matchup.

“Just like last series with Russell and Tony Parker. It was never about those two, even though there's a lot of storylines there,” Brooks said. “It's always about us and about them. It's not about Kevin and LeBron. It's not about anything other than playing good basketball against a very good team.”


Russell Westbrook said the fact the Thunder were playing head-to-head for an NBA title hadn't quite sunk in yet.

“Probably not yet,” Westbrook said. “And it probably won't until we start playing.”

Ibaka doesn't even want to think about it, especially about his family watching him play around the world.

“I just want to think about playing,” Ibaka said. “I know they will be watching though.”


Brooks briefly turned into a fashion critic after Sunday's practice, discussing the attire that Russell Westbrook in particular has sported during postgame news conferences.

“Russell can wear anything,” Brooks said. “He's great looking, he has an incredible body, a great smile. Anything, he's going to look good. I have to dress up nice to look decent.”

Westbrook and Kevin Durant have drawn attention for their wardrobe during the playoffs, most notably Westbrook's fishing lure shirt and red glasses without lenses.

“As long as they keep playing the way they're playing, I don't care what they wear,” he said. “I don't care if they wear glasses with no lenses in it, I will always wear mine with a lens.”

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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