But his new Thunder teammates have been competing again…

But his new Thunder teammates have been competing against him for years in Houston and Sacramento and Toronto. They know that he’s only given glimpses of his defense, that he’s a better shooter than he’s shown. “They know, just because they’ve played against me and they’ve seen me, what I’m capable of,” Patrick Patterson said. “They know right now I’m just trying to get back to that elite level.” Patterson knows, too, that he’s better than he’s been.
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November 21, 2017 | 10:00 pm EST Update
Damian Lillard says that teams can no longer face the Sixers without expecting a fight. “I think in the past we took them lightly. They kind of jumped out and played hard and they beat us,” Lillard said following a Tuesday-evening practice at the Sixers training complex in Camden. “This year, you have no choice but to respect what they’ve done and how they’re playing. They’re not doing it like it’s luck, they’re out there hooping.”
Despite the rolled ankle, noticeable discomfort, and around-the-clock treatment, Lillard seems determined to face the Sixers. Lillard, who did not participate in practice, said he is looking forward to the matchup. “I told y’all that yesterday,” Lillard said, referring to previously saying he planned on playing in Philadelphia. “I pretty much got babied last night so it was good…I feel good.”
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