Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Thunder squanders shot at first place

Instead, the 105-93 loss dropped Oklahoma City two games behind San Antonio.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: March 11, 2013
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A win Monday night in San Antonio would have put the Thunder in first place in the Western Conference standings.

Instead, the 105-93 loss dropped the Thunder two games back.

“There's for sure disappointment that we weren't able to take advantage of this opportunity to come in and game another game in the standings,” said Derek Fisher, “strengthen our position and possibly have home-court (advantage) throughout the Western Conference and at some point maybe the entire way through the playoffs.”

The Thunder still has 18 games left to catch the Spurs, including the final head-to-head meeting in Oklahoma City on April 4.

“We don't go day to day and say, ‘Guys, we got to get the No. 1 seed,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “We know that you have to play well to win a playoff series and you're going to have to win on the road to win a series a lot of times and we did it last year … So we just want to play better. Hopefully, we will continue to have good fortune with health and we just want to play good basketball come playoff time. We got a lot of basketball left before that happens.”

NO ALTERNATES AFTER ALL

Monday's game against San Antonio was scheduled to be the Thunder's 10th time wearing its alternate uniforms.

Oklahoma City instead wore its customary road uniforms.

The schedule of the uniforms had always been subject to change, and a team official said the Thunder likely will wear the uniforms at a different date.

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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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