"That helps because we’re not relying on jump shots,” said Thunder teammate Nick Collison
. "We all know there are nights if you’re not hitting jump shots, you don’t have a chance. We don’t have post players where you throw the ball inside and get to the basket. When we’re attacking the basket, we’re a much better team.”
STRANGE BUT TRUE
The Thunder’s season-long, three-game winning streak has been during a stretch when Kevin Durant
has been sidelined with a sprained ankle. Jeff Green
, the team’s second-leading scorer, has missed the last two games. Both players remain day-to-day and are questionable for this weekend.
"There’s no question we’re a better team with those guys,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks
. "But when you have guys out, I’ve told our guys from Day 1, we have 14 guys. It takes us all to make a team successful and make it work. It’s hard to (play well after sitting out several games).”
Oklahoma City is 13-16 since New Year’s Eve. That’s a dramatic improvement compared to a 3-29 start that had some suggesting the Thunder might challenge the 76ers’ single-season futility record (9-73).
"The biggest thing is our guys stayed together,” Brooks said. "When you have a team that’s not winning, it’s easy to point fingers.