All series long Thunder coach Scott Brooks has been taking flack for his handling of the Thunder rotations — sitting Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook at the same time, leaving guys with hot hands on the bench, not seeming to have a feel for his team.
It’s not just you and me, Kendrick Perkins feels the same way, too.
“I just don’t understand why we start out the first quarter the way we did with the lineup we had, and all of a sudden we change and adjust to what they had going on,” a clearly frustrated Perkins said in the Thunder locker room after the game. “So they won the last three quarters and that’s what happened…
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
I’m not sure it’s fair to lay all the blame on Scott Brooks. Although, it is stunning to learn that Serge Ibaka and Derek Fisher are nearly averaging the same minutes per game in this series.
The Thunder are not executing in key moments. James Harden is shooting 35% and averaging 10.8 ppg. There’s a lot of blame to go around.