Clinching the Northwest Division isn't going to change much for the Thunder in the last few games of the regular season. Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks has no plans to alter the rotation or give guys extra time off.
"Our guys would not want it any different," Brooks said. "If I cut their minutes or rest them they will find places to play anyway."
There's still a matter of seeding. The third seed in the Western Conference is suddenly in play with Dallas' recent slide. Oklahoma City is guaranteed no worse than fourth.
"Of course we want to get as high as we can, but our main goal is to just get better," Kevin Durant said. "If we happen to win games and move up so be it. We're blessed to get this opportunity."
Regardless of where they finish, the goal remains the same for the game before the postseason.
"Just get better," Durant said. "That's all we want to do. Get better. Every time we step on the floor we want get better."
Brooks echoed those sentiments.
"We have to keep getting better," he said. "We have to keep improving. It's a great opportunity for our organization to focus on how we play and get better."
The Thunder (53-26) take on another contender Sunday with a visit to the Los Angeles Lakers.
THUNDER 104, NUGGETS 89: Kevin Durant scored 28 as Oklahoma City took care of a possible first round opponent with ease Friday night. Four other Thunder players scored in double-figures in the second win over Denver in less than a week. The Nuggets were held to 40-percent shooting.
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