“It’s a bad loss. We should’ve come out here with more of a sense of urgency.”
Kevin Durant isn’t happy with the Thunder’s 116-106 loss to the Brooklyn Nets, but ultimately it’s just one-of-82 and the team is playing pretty well overall.
“We’ve got to learn from it and move on,” the All-Star forward told reporters after Monday’s practice. “One loss is not going to disrupt what we’ve been doing the past few weeks but it is going to wake us up and let us know you gotta be better every single night.”
Thunder fans and radio pundits seem to know how the team can get better: pass the ball like the Spurs and Warriors. It’s a simple solution in theory, just not who the Thunder are according to Durant.
“We’re not the San Antonio Spurs. We’re not going to make 30 passes in a possession. We’re not that. Of course people want us to be that. That’s great basketball, don’t get me wrong, but we’re not that. We’ve got guys that can score. We’ve got two guys on this team that can get a bucket and there’s going to be times that we’ve got to iso, there’s going to be times when we’ve got to be aggressive and look for our shot and go make a play.”
“We like our chances against anybody. We’ve got a great group of guys that fight, that compete and we like our chances with anyone.”
Oklahoma City faces the Warriors twice in February and the Spurs three more times beginning in March. Durant and co. will have their shot to prove they can win the “Thunder way.”
As for Durant’s compadre Russell Westbrook, he’s set to appear on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” tonight. Durant said he’d be watching.
“I’m ready to see his outfit. I’m sure it’s gonna be something.”