Scott Brooks showed last night that he did not learn the proper lesson from the Thunder’s 2nd half meltdown in Game 4 [i.e. Exhibit A] against the Mavericks:
Oklahoma City Thunder 96
DALLAS MAVERICKS 100
Complete Game Summary
Dallas wins series, 4-1.
If you examine the GameFlow Chart, you should be able to see clearly that:
- Only 1 of Oklahoma City’s 5 starters finished this game as a “positive” Plus/Minus player
i.e. The same player who sat on the bench for the final 20:41 of Game 4.
- This same player was removed from left last night’s contest for the final time at the 1:55 mark of the 3rd quarter … with the Thunder leading by 4 points, 72-68 … and, was then forced to watch helplessly from the bench as his teammates [i] made turnovers, [ii] missed [a] mid-range and [b] perimeter jump-shots, and [iv] failed to corral at least 3 loose balls in the final frantic minutes of the 4th quarter
- This same player [i] already has a championship ring, as a core member of the Boston Celtics’ ‘Ubuntu’ team from 3 years ago, and [ii] specializes in low-post offense, defense, and rebounding
As a result, Oklahoma City’s post-season run is now, prematurely, finished.
PS. Those who fail to recognize the importance of ‘outstanding coaching’ vs ‘less-than-outstanding coaching’ are simply wasting their time, when it comes to providing accurate ‘analysis’ of, “How the NBA game actually works.”
PPS. If OKC would have finished last night’s game with the following 5-man unit on the floor: 1. PG/Westbrook, 2. OG/Harden, 3. SF/Durant, 4. PF/Collison, and 5. C/Perkins; then, in all likelihood, the Thunder would now be preparing for tomorrow night’s Game 6 [in Oklahoma City].
PPPS. If OKC is going to become a significantly better team over the course of the next few seasons, then, Scott Brooks will have to become a significantly better in-game strategist/tactician, as well.