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Thunder sputtering into All-Star break

The Thunder has taken steps backward in its last three games, but players aren't pointing their fingers at one another.
by Darnell Mayberry Modified: February 15, 2011 at 12:21 pm •  Published: February 14, 2011

In other wins during the stretch, the first-half defense stood out as a sizable concern.

“It'll be important for us to come out against Sacramento and play well and try to get a win before the break,” Collison said.

Emphasis on play well and try to get a win.

Despite the recent erratic showings, however, the Thunder has stuck together. Even after losing two of the past three — in large part because of poor rebounding, numerous turnovers, sloppy late-game execution and uncharacteristically subpar foul shooting — players aren't pointing the finger at each other.

Following the loss at Golden State, Russell Westbrook took the blame for the team's turnover issues, a combined 43 in the last two losses.

“I've got to figure out how to take care of the ball and make smart decisions for my teammates and not put them in bad situations,” Westbrook said.

Collison shouldered the blame for bad pick-and-roll defense. And Kevin Durant stood up for both Collison and Westbrook.

“We all take responsibility,” Durant said. “We're not satisfied at all. We could have easily been 9-0. We just got to figure out a way to win these games and end them right.”

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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