Billy Donovan: Comebacks have helped the Thunder build 'chemistry'
When the Thunder came back from an 18-point deficit to beat the Clippers Sunday, it became one of just two teams that had pulled off four 15-point comebacks this season. The other was the Lakers, led by LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
OKC’s 118-112 win over the Clippers extended the Thunder’s winning streak to four games, and L.A. (22-10) was OKC’s staunchest opponent in that stretch. But it wasn’t the Thunder’s largest comeback. The team recorded three of its four 15-point comeback wins in the span of a week. Against Chicago and Memphis, OKC (15-14) trailed by as many as 26 and 24 points, respectively.
Thunder players and coaches have consistently said they don’t want to make a habit out of falling behind. But there are benefits to experiencing comebacks.
“I think it brings your team closer together,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said after practice Monday. “I think it creates a level of belief in one another. It creates a mentality that the group knows that each guy that they’re lined up playing next to is going to give everything they’ve got to get back in the game. So, I think there’s a chemistry that gets built because of that.”
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