Scott Brooks lauded the Thunder defense against the No. 1 ranked offense in the NBA.
“We played great defense from the start,” Brooks said. “Everybody was engaged, everybody was in their stance, hands were active. We contested shots, rebounded the basketball and defensively that was as well as you can play against the best team in basketball.”
Tim Duncan talked about the Thunder defense and the Spurs’ inability to respond to Oklahoma City.
“They started out strong (but) we kind of weathered that storm early on and they kept it going,” Duncan said. “They moved the ball very well, defensively they were very solid, they used their length and it really affected what we were doing. We expected that kind of response from them in this third game. We didn’t respond very well to that. A lot of guys didn’t play well. I didn’t play well. We’ll put it behind us and try to watch some film tomorrow, reset, come back and have a better Game 4.”
Kevin Durant talked about Thabo Sefolosha’s invaluable contributions.
“He was phenomenal tonight,” Durant said. “He’s so active on the defensive end. He got a lot of deflections and got us some easy points in transition and they’ve been leaving him open on the 3-ball. He took 10 (3-pointers) tonight, made four. We believe in him, he’s confident shooting that jump shot. We need everybody to be aggressive and Thabo stepped up tonight. It sparked us a little. It was a great win.”
Tony Parker talked about Oklahoma City’s energy and Sefolosha’s suffocating defense.
“OKC put Thabo on me last year or two years ago, nothing different for me, I just have to choose my spots and keep being aggressive,” Parker said.
Gregg Popovich talked about Oklahoma City’s Game 3 performance.
“They played very well,” Popovich said. “They played like it was a close out game, both offensively and defensively. They were very active, physical. They moved the ball well on offense and they did all those things better than we did. They beat us good.”