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Durant admits he, Thunder were nervous before Game 1

Jun 13, 2012, 8:05 AM EDT

Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant AP

Kevin Durant started out shooting 1-of-5. Russell Westbrook seemed to be trying to do too much. The Thunder were hanging around but no looking like the team that in the past couple weeks had easily knocked off the Spurs and Lakers.

What happened?

They were nervous. Kevin Durant owned up to it his postgame press conference.

“Like (Westbrook) said, it kind of took us a couple minutes to get the nervousness out of us and the jitters out of it. We’ve just got to play our game….

“You know, just being in The Finals, we kind of was nervous, I guess. That’s something we can’t — it can’t happen next game or the rest of the series. Just got to come out with a lot of energy, and hopefully we do it next game.”

He’s right, the Heat will come out harder and faster next game and the Thunder have to match that. But the nerves should be behind them. Hopefully for Thunder fans.

  1. klownboy - Jun 13, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Miami blew a golden opportunity in Game 1…

    • letangusespertplus - Jun 13, 2012 at 9:25 AM

      so did the lakers and mavs. you can say all 3 teams blew it in game one or you can give okc credit.

      • hwatt - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:55 AM

        well, i think the golden opportunity was to take game 1 from okc since nerves from being in their first finals should have stalled them out. However the nerves only lasted for part of the 1st half, that 13 pt cushion miami built wasn’t good enough. says a lot about both teams

  2. david0303 - Jun 13, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    You sure durant started 1-5? I thought he started with the first 8 or 10 points on pretty good shooting

    • cosanostra71 - Jun 13, 2012 at 9:56 AM

      I remember him hitting two big threes to bring them back from a 10-2 deficit to close the gap to 10-8. Didn’t see the rest of the first half after that though.

      • borderline1988 - Jun 13, 2012 at 1:26 PM

        I don’t remember Durant missing many shots at all.

    • abchome - Jun 13, 2012 at 9:58 AM

      Of course, that’s dead wrong. KD was 3 of 3 the first 3 shots, and 4 of 6 in the first quarter.

    • gmen4life33 - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:10 AM

      thank you was thinking the same thing. wasnt he 4-6 to start?

    • pl4tinum514 - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:38 AM

      Westbrook was 1-5 to start the game, not Durant.

  3. abchome - Jun 13, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Unfortunately for the Heat, the Thunder were nervous but only in the first quarter. First time finals team lost first finals game to the more experience team over 70% of times.

  4. gopokes0714 - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    umm wow. seriously bad reporting. Looks like nerves got to someone and it wasn’t KD.

  5. lakerluver - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Hmmm, it appeared to me that LBJ was nervous for the majority of the 4th. Some things never change.

  6. fairbanksflame - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    1 thing I noticed bout OKC in these playoffs, they do not panic at all… They win it in 6, on their home floor

  7. isujames - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    I think everyone playing on both sides were nervous.

    • pl4tinum514 - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:39 AM

      Except Perkins, who was just angry

  8. stillbleedingblue - Jun 13, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Westbrook started 1-5. You never proof your articles…

  9. fairbanksflame - Jun 13, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Discipline and focus have you better prepared… Its amazing how a young team can perform those virtues…

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