Thunder Staying Positive In Preparation For Game Five
The Oklahoma City Thunder's game four loss to Miami on Tuesday was a heartbreaker for the young squad.
Not only was it their third straight loss, but the fierce battle came down to the final seconds and some poor decision making ended up costing them the game.
"Obviously our back is up against the wall. It's win or go home," Thunder head coach Scott Brooks said after the game. "We have a challenge ahead of us. We understand that…. We're going to compete for 48 minutes one more night. Hopefully we can come back with the win, take one more game to Oklahoma City."
That positive outlook is what helped the team back to the practice court Wednesday.
"We've still got one more chance at it, we have played two pretty good games here," said OKC guard James Harden. "I am just trying my best to fight and try to compete for every play."
"We need to put it (game four) behind us, come out and try to get fame five," said Nick Collison who finished with six points and four rebounds in 17 minutes of play on Tuesday.
"We still have one more chance like I said and we have won three games in a row before," said Harden. "It's not going to be easy but we still have one more chance at it and hopefully we can give it our all on Thursday."
"We need to play as well as possible, our mindset is playing better than the Heat in game five," added Collison. "We are hard to beat at home and that's the mindset to get a win and go home."
Miami's LeBron James is expected to play in game five after not being able to finish out game four due to leg cramps.
"I feel a lot better than I did last night, that's clear," said James. "I'm still a little sore because of the muscles being at an intense level -- very tight. ... I should be fine."
Game five is set for Thursday at 8 p.m. from Miami. The Thunder must win to continue the series, if not Miami wins its first title since 2006.
Kevin Durant summed it up saying "We are going to keep fighting and keep fighting and see what happens."