DALLAS -- Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks expects the Dallas Mavericks to hit them with their best shot when the two etams play Game 4 of their best-of-seven series at 6:30 tonight at American Airlines Center.
"They're going to come out and leave everything on the floor,'' Brooks said. "That's what they always do.
"We understand it's not going to be an easy game.''
The Thunder lead the best-of-seven series 3-0 and can close it out and move on to the next round with a victory tonight. But Brooks knows winning tonight won't come easy.
"We defnitely have a respect for ewhat they do and what they've accomplished,'' Brooks said. "We understand that they're not just going to giuve us the game.
"We're confident in what we do, we believe in what we do. Our guys have done a great job of putting us in this position, but we still have to go out and do it again.''
Just because his team has a decisive edge on the Mavs, Brooks isn't about to look ahead to the next series.
"You have to play well to win an NBA game and you have to play very well to win a playoff game on the road,'' Brooks said. "Sometimes when you play well you're not going to win.
"You always have to win four to move on to the next series and they do have championship experienece.'
Mavs guard Jason Terry said the pressure is squarely on the Thunder. Brooks sort of shrugged his shoulders when he heard that.
"It's good to be up 3-0,'' Brtooks said. "We don't worry about what other players say.
"All we worry about is how we play and how we can improve and win the game. It's not about nothing else, but our team executing and playing with a lot of energy and enthusiasm and making the right plays for each other.''
Brooks just hopes his team makes enough of the right plays tonight to send the defending NBA champions home early.
"We know you have to win four (games) to move on to the next series, and the series is not over,'' Brooks said. "Once you think that, that's when a team can come in and win.
"We feel that we've done a good enough job to be in this position, but we defnitely have to play very well tonight.''
-- Dwain Price
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