“We need to a better job starting the third quarter,” Ibaka said. “In the last two games, they get hot in the third quarter and come back. We need to do a better job and take care of business in the third quarter.”
Brooks hopes being back at home will help the team stay enthused and focused for four quarters.
“Our fans love our players because they know that they’re going to give everything they have,” Brooks said. “It’s not always going to look pretty, but their effort and intensity and love for each other is going to always be displayed. We know it’s not easy, but it’s within reach.
“We know we have an amazing fan base and the arena is the best in the league. We know our guys are going to be fired up to play tomorrow. We still are going to have to execute defensively for 48 minutes.”
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