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May 1, 2014

Thunder, Durant need sense of urgency to bring series back to OKC

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“In the playoffs there has to be a sense of urgency that just doesn’t wane,” Fisher explained. “It is always on level 100. You can then work your way through everything else. What can’t dip down is that undying sense of urgency that every play and every possession is the most important one and you just find a way to make good things happen.”

But it’s more than Durant, or Russell Westbrook ( shooting 18.4 percent from 3-point range) that need to stand up and be counted. It the entire group from the coach on down whose playoff lives are on the line. More than that, tonight could be the final time fans see this core group together if they don’t find a way to bring it all together.

“It’s not about the points, the numbers and the minutes played and who gets the shots,” Fisher said. “It’s really about those small things that people mostly don’t notice until you’re not doing them. A free throw box out, a loose ball, a bad decision in transition down the stretch — those are things that add up. There aren’t any things happening out there that we can’t control. This is about us. Obviously you have to give your opponent credit, but this about us being better than who we’ve been these first five games. We’re very confident that we can be tomorrow.”

Michael Kinney

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mkinney@normantranscript.com

 

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