Thunder notes: Scott Brooks pleased with offensive improvement

BY DARNELL MAYBERRY Modified: January 12, 2011 at 11:55 pm •  Published: January 12, 2011
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SCOTT BROOKS PLEASED WITH OFFENSIVE IMPROVEMENT

Entering Wednesday's game at Houston, the Thunder had compiled a 19-4 record when it scores at least 100 points.

Thunder coach Scott Brooks, though, said that record hasn't swayed him into setting triple digits as a benchmark for points scored.

“I don't have a set number,” Brooks said before Oklahoma City's 118-112 win over the Rockets. “It's almost just the flow of the game. We have some unique offensive players that can get to the basket. And when they're aggressive, good things happen.

“I just like to see the ball move and guys be aggressive and not hesitate when they have open shots. That's our focus. But we've definitely improved our offense…You're always tinkering and getting better. Individually, guys have gotten better. We're getting to the free throw line more. But we still hang our hats on defense.”

BATTIER ON DURANT

Rockets forward Shane Battier has found a way to do what most players haven't been able to do against the Thunder — effectively defend Kevin Durant.

“He's at the upper echelon in the league,” Brooks said. “You can tell he takes pride on that end of the floor. He always has a hand up, right in his face. You always know as an offensive player he's going to be there…He's programmed to get a stop every time down court.”

Battier classified Durant as “right up there” with Kobe Bryant and LeBron James as the one of the NBA's best scorers.

“It's tough to split hairs at the top of that list,” Battier said. “But his improvement has been really impressive. His understanding for a young guy is really impressive. And every time you play against him, he shows you something new.”

When a reporter suggested Durant doesn't have a signature move, Battier disagreed.

“His signature move is that he never seems to get tired of shooting the basketball,” Battier said. “So you just have to be really vigilant against him. You always have to keep your concentration. If you slack off for a second and lose focus, he's going to burn you. He's a tough cover.”

Box score: Thunder vs. Houston
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