HoopsHype Scott Brooks rumors
The Oklahoma City Thunder's closing schedule is heavy with back-to-back sets, six of them over the last month of the season, and Thunder head coach Scott Brooks on Saturday said once again that point guard Russell Westbrook will not play in both games of "some" of those sets. "We have a plan in place" as to which games Westbrook will sit , said Brooks, but he wouldn't reveal it Saturday after practice."I'll let you know at the appropriate time," he added. NBA.com
With the NBA season heading down the stretch and the MVP race seemingly a two-name toss-up between LeBron James and Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks said Durant could put up even bigger point totals if he chose. "Let's face it: If he wanted to score a bunch of points or more than he's scoring now, he really could do that," Brooks said before the Thunder played the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. "His assist level has gone up, he impacts the game. Defensively, he impacts the game. He can guard 1 through 5. So a lot of things that he does (are) all about the team." ESPN.com
The Raptors outscored the Thunder 29-14 in the fourth quarter and ended OKC’s home run, 104-98. Wait what? “I thought when we got up 11, we made some shots, but we built that lead through energy and effort,” Scott Brooks said. “But in the fourth quarter, we could not make shots. And they started getting hot and the tables turned on that.” Said Durant: “Losses happen in this league. They beat us fair and square. We missed some shots, too. I mean, I thought our defense was good. They got some shots late in the fourth quarter that helped them a little bit, but I thought our defense was good — we were swarming them. They hit some tough ones, but we missed some good looks.” DailyThunder.com
The infraction was called at several points in multiple Thunder games throughout the preseason, and Thunder coach Scott Brooks spoke to his players about the point of emphasis in the team's morning meeting before the season opener Wednesday at Utah. “It's not a concern, but it's something that we have to be well aware of,” Brooks said. “It's so natural to get the ball and tap it back to the referees. But the league does not want that, and so we have to abide by those rules. It's not a subjective thing. Either you touched it or you didn't touch it … We feel that's a good part of the rules. We want the game to go fast. We want to play fast. When teams do that, it frustrates us, so we want that ball to be free so we can take it out quickly and try to score.” Oklahoman
The Oklahoma City Thunder has named Robert Pack and Mike Terpstra as assistant coaches, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. They join Rex Kalamian, Mark Bryant and Brian Keefe on Head Coach Scott Brooks’ bench. “We’re excited to add Robert and Mike to our coaching staff for the upcoming season,” said Head Coach Scott Brooks. “These additions bring diverse backgrounds to our group that will help the further development of our players.” Pack joins the Thunder after spending the previous three seasons as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Clippers where he served as the head coach for the Clippers’ entry in the 2012 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. Prior to that, he spent one season on the New Orleans Hornets bench. NBA.com
This was going to be a hard-fought series before Westbrook got hurt, and even without him, the Thunder made a series out of it. “I thought we did a great job of competing,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “We didn't have a lot of shots fall in. We didn't keep our head down and stop competing. That's what our team is built on. “We gave ourselves a chance to win every game.” Oklahoman
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