The Thunder dropped game three in a fight to the finish and Head Coach Billy Donovan says that OKC needs to do a better job with what they can control. From limiting turnovers to defending the Spurs better, team leaders Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant agree that it starts with them.
Following the four point loss, Westbrook shouldered much of the responsibility. “You know I turned the ball over, especially when the game was on the line. Just got to do a better job man, take responsibility when the ball is in my hands and make plays for my teammates.”
Donovan saw the bad, but he also saw the good in game three. “You know it was a game that was going back and forth, I thought that we had a hard time scoring certain points, but I give our guys a lot of credit from the standpoint that they kept battling and fighting and actually I thought we did a pretty good job defensively all the way around. Where there’s things that we have control over that we’ve got to do a better job with, we have control over our turnovers, we have control over our transition defense, we have control over correct spacing. It’s not like we did it poorly the entire game, there was just moments in time that hurt us that I think we need to be better at.”
Much like Westbrook, Durant understands where the Thunder fall short. “We’ve got a do a better job of keeping the ball in our hands for one, we can’t have that many turnovers and getting back, so ya… they made shots tonight.”
In his critical self evaluation, Westbrook wasn't letting himself off the hook for anything. “Execution. Starts with me. I’ve got to do a better job of executing and putting guys in position to score the basketball, especially tonight. I think especially to beat this team you’ve got to find ways to move the ball around and that starts with me, I’ve got to do a better job of leading."
“We play Sunday. We play Sunday. We can’t worry about going to San Antonio. We’ve got another game here.”
Game four will tip-off at 7 PM on Sunday.