Terrance Ferguson talks about fatherhood, summer league lessons
Russell Westbrook gave a simple answer to the transition Terrance Ferguson is making from regular season to playoffs.
"He’s figured it out," Westbrook said Sunday. "He’ll be fine."
Ferguson, 20, is in his second season with the Thunder but played only six minutes in last season’s first-round series against Utah. A year later, Ferguson has 78 more starts under his belt and is experiencing his first pro season as a father.
Ferguson spoke to The Oklahoman before Game 4:
The Oklahoman: This is the first time you’re playing extensive minutes in a playoff series. How’s that been for you?
Ferguson: "It’s been good. Just trying to stay calm through the whole thing. Not get too high, not get too low. Just stay middle grounded, and just go out there and do my job to the best of my ability. So far just enjoying the moments like this. Like you said, I played (six) minutes last year total to this, so it’s definitely been a big change, but you try to stay level headed."
When Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum are having the success they’ve had so far in the series, what are you watching on film more: The times where you’re successful or when they’re getting the best of you?
"Definitely the best of you, to see what I can change, see what the team can change – not just me – to see what the team can change to defend them. We look at the good things, but we try to focus more on what they’re killing us at so we can make a change in the next game and put that into effect."
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How do you feel you’ve progressed from the Summer League and the Thunder having you run offense and have the ball in your hands more?
"Definitely progress, but a long way to go still. I never can stop learning, never can stop getting better. I definitely felt like I made a huge change from last year of just standing in the corner. During the season I was using screens, hitting the pocket, kick outs, different type of things. I feel like Summer League helped me get comfortable doing those things."
What’s it like making that switch from being a young, first-year pro without a child to having a child and balancing increased responsibility with the Thunder?
"It’s not really a challenge. I have so many people that help me out. My fiancée she does an amazing job with the baby, especially when I’m away. She never complains and does a hell of a job. My mom, my mom’s friends around here that help out a lot … they keep that part of life easy for me so I can focus on the game."