Thunder notebook: Time to wash out the loss to Washington
After Saturday night's game at New Jersey, the Thunder returns to Oklahoma City to begin a two-game homestand. OKC hosts Detroit at 7 p.m. Monday and New Orleans at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
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Against the Wizards, the Thunder committed seven offensive fouls, with five players committing at least one.
Durant had two costly charges in the fourth quarter, and Ibaka was whistled for two offensive fouls as well. At the start of the season, Westbrook was the main culprit, having been whistled for eight charges in the first five games. But he has since played with better pace and cut down on his charges.
Now, it has become a team epidemic at times, and Thunder coach Scott Brooks says it needs to be remedied.
“We just had too many,” Brooks said. “Anytime you have a second defender in front of you, you got to pass the ball. It's simple basketball. We all learned that at an early age. But we have to watch film and figure it out and do a much better job Saturday night.”
Durant on losing to the league-worst Washington Wizards — “It's not the end of the world. We lost to a hungrier team than us. It hurts. Because we want to win every game, and, especially me, I wanted to win back at home. But you got to look past it.”
Of New Jersey's first 15 games, 10 have been played on the road. The Nets are 1-4 at home. … Nets guard MarShon Brooks is second among rookies in scoring at 15.1 points per game. … Former Midwest City High star Shelden Williams is averaging 4.7 points and 4.7 rebounds in 19.1 minutes a night for New Jersey. … With the Thunder playing without Durant at New Jersey last year, Westbrook scored 38 points with 15 rebounds, nine assists and three steals to lead the Thunder to a 123-120 triple overtime win. … The Nets have allowed 100.6 points per game this season, the third most before Friday's games. New Jersey's minus-8.20 scoring differential ranked fifth-to-last among the league's 30 teams before Friday's games…The Nets lead the league in 3-point attempts at 26 per game.
After Saturday's game at New Jersey, the Thunder will return to Oklahoma City to begin a two-game homestand. The Thunder plays the Detroit Pistons at 7 p.m. Monday and the New Orleans Hornets at 7 p.m. Wednesday.