OKC Thunder quotes: Mark Daigneault, Lu Dort on the team’s late-game execution

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  • Oklahoma City Thunder
    Oklahoma City Thunder
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  • Mark Daigneault
    American basketball coach
  • Luguentz Dort
    Luguentz Dort
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  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
    Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
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Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Mark Daigneault and starter Lu Dort met with the media on Tuesday for a post-practice presser.

This practice comes a day after the team defeated the Memphis Grizzlies, 102-99. In their first visit back to Memphis after losing by an NBA record 73 points to the Grizzlies at the start of the month, the Thunder got revenge after overturning a 12-point first quarter deficit. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the team with 23 points, four rebounds and four assists.

Let’s take a look at some of the more noteworthy quotes and paraphrases that Daigneault and Dort provided as the team prepares to face the 15-14 Denver Nuggets on Wednesday.

Film studies help out young players

Daigneault mentioned that film studies help young players out a lot due to the fact that the game goes by them very quickly. The team especially uses film sessions during excruciating stretches in the season like the Thunder are currently in by playing four game in six nights to ease the burden.

“Hitting the film hard is something we do to supplement practice during stretches like this,” said Daigneault.

Late-game situations

Daigneault said that Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has done a better job at handling late-game situations this season and has improved a ton as he has gotten more experience being the top scorer for the team.

“He’s done a better and better job at understanding the circumstances,” said Daigneault. “It’s a credit to just his humility.”

On the same topic, Dort said that the team has improved overall in handling clutch situations as the season has progressed.

“We just gotta always stay in the game and finish, said Dort. “Every time we’re going to be in those situations, we’re gonna be ready.”

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