Coach Scott Brooks acknowledged that his staff was scrambling to adjust after Westbrook’s injury and that they’ll make some minor tweaks for Game 4.
“We don’t want to change everything and throw so many things at guys and expect them to pick things up,” he said. “We just want to do a few things. As the playoffs go on we can adjust more on the fly.”
The Thunder are also focused on staying aggressive after being up by double digits in each of the past two games only to have Houston fight back to go on top in the fourth quarter.
Still, Durant said the team’s ability to close out both of those games after losing the lead also shows the maturity of the Thunder.
McHale is proud of his young team for fighting back in the past two games. On Monday, he hopes the Rockets can get off to a good start so they don’t find themselves playing catch-up the whole game.
“The last couple of games we put ourselves in position to win,” McHale said. “(Monday) night we’ve got to put ourselves over the top and make them make big, big plays down the stretch.”
The Rockets lament their missed chances in the past two games, but say the close calls gave them confidence that they can beat this team. They’re undaunted by the fact that no NBA team has come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a best-of-seven playoff series.
“Eventually someone’s going to do it,” Parsons said. “So we’ve got a perfect opportunity to go out here and shock the world.”
Houston could be without point guard Jeremy Lin on Monday. He missed the second half of Game 2 after bruising his chest muscle before returning on Saturday night. But he was largely ineffective in about 18 minutes and finished with just two points.