The Thunder are the fourth worst defensive rebounding team in the NBA this season, grabbing just 71 percent of opponents’ missed shots.
“We have to keep getting better because that's the scouting report on us,” said coach Scott Brooks. “(Opponents) are going to attack the boards, and they're going to try to get extra shots because they know we defend the first shot.”
Oklahoma City ranks seventh in the league in defensive field-goal percentage and fifth in opponent three-point percentage.
“I think we're defending well this year,” said forward Nick Collison. “But we're not finishing the play. We're giving teams more possessions and that, combined with when we have high-turnover games, is like giving the team the ball 15 to 20 times, letting them score and then starting the game and going back and forth. It's really tough to beat teams like that. The good news is we know we can play much better.”