“We have to forget about (Game 5),” Durant said. “We have a quick turnaround and have to get ready for the next game. Of course it is tough not having our starting point guard, but we cannot make an excuse. All together, we have to do a better job and bring more energy on the defensive end. We have to do a better job on defense from top to bottom.”
If the Thunder lose and have to return home Sunday for a final Game 7, they will have to play with untold pressure. The chance of being the fourth No. 1 seed to lose to a No. 8 seed in a seven-game series doesn’t even compare to being the first team in NBA history to lose a series after going up 3-0.
“It’s going to be big,” Thabo Sefolosha said. “Everybody has got to do their job.”
But Brooks isn’t going to push the panic button just yet. Both defeats easily could have been victories if they had made one or two plays. That’s the message he wants to get across to the team.
“There are a couple areas that we have to get better with,” Brooks said. “Our standards are always very high but we did some good things. We rebounded the ball very well, we didn’t turn the ball over much. We’re going to make shots. We’re getting open looks. I have a lot of confidence in the guys that are taking them.”
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