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After a historically bad loss, Thunder moves on without team film session

Different points of the season have called for different approaches to Thunder film sessions.

“How do you feel like it can best impact them to help the group get better?” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said after practice Sunday. “Some days, that’s not watching any film, we need to move on. There’s other days when you want to show more film. There’s days  where you show an extended period of a portion of the game. There’s times when we’ve taken special situations of different games and show teams that.”

Donovan decided that the most lopsided loss in Thunder history -- OKC lost 133-86 at Milwaukee on Friday -- called for no film at practice Sunday.

“None,” Donovan said. “They went through it, they knew.  We talked more about just the physical. We’re going to play a Clipper team that has a lot of length and a lot of size and are really long on the perimeter and forward positions. So, we’ve got to be better, and we’ve got to be physical. So, we really just tried to get on the court and work on those things right away.”

 The Thunder had a distinct size disadvantage against the Bucks on Friday. It was the second night of a back-to-back, and OKC forward Danilo Gallinari didn’t play, due to what the team called left ankle soreness. Backup power forward Darius Bazley has been out for three weeks with a right knee bone bruise. 

All of the Thunder players filling in at power forward and guarding Giannis Antetokounmpo were at least five inches shorter than the reigning NBA MVP.



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Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo dunks during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo dunks during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

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