What the Oklahoma City Thunder players are saying about their defense

By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com Modified: January 16, 2011 at 11:16 pm •  Published: January 16, 2011
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“We're not bad, we're just not as good as we're going to be.” — coach Scott Brooks

“We seem to be getting too many breakdowns. We need to get better. Need to tighten things up. Our effort has been good. But we're making too many mistakes.” — Nick Collison

“I think the defense overall, there's less intensity, at least not for 48 minutes. We know we're capable of doing it and we've showed it at times this year, but we need to be more consistent with our overall defense.” — Thabo Sefolosha

“I'm the captain of this team, so it starts with me. We've just got to make a conscious effort of coming out there and playing harder and being more locked in on the defensive end.” — Kevin Durant

“Charles n the crew dont give us any credit ... kenny smith is the only one..but its all good!!! we will keep workin to prove him them wrong” – Durant, responding to Charles Barkley's criticism via Twitter

“Defensively, we're having trouble stopping the basketball ... we have to stop the ball.” — Brooks

“We can go out there and play with any team in this league. We just gotta bring the effort.” – Jeff Green

“Defense is all about effort.” – Brooks

“People say we're not a good rebounding team. We work on it. We want to get better, there's no doubt. I think we do a good job, not a great job. We want to get better in all areas. We definitely need to get better defensively.” – Brooks

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