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Kendrick Perkins has no idea what Scott Brooks is doing, either

Jun 20, 2012, 1:53 AM EDT

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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.”

The Thunder raced out to a 13-3 lead and not long after that moment Brooks subbed out Serge Ibaka to bring in Nick Collison — which worked, Collison has six points, three rebounds (two offensive) and a block in his seven minutes to end the quarter and he was a +7.

So naturally, Brooks played him less in the second half — just over five minutes and he didn’t enter until late in the third. Derek Fisher however played more than 11 minutes in the first half, had zero points or assists or rebounds and was -8. So he played more than 10 minutes in the second half (and again went scoreless).

Perkins, like all the Thunder players, had a very dejected body language after the game but spoke the words of a team not giving up.

“This series is not over,” Perkins said. “We just have to keep taking it one game at a time. We win Thursday and we’re back in Oklahoma City.”

But can a team clearly frustrated with their coach and their play late in games really rally back like that? It’s hard to imagine.

  1. bloyaglock - Jun 20, 2012 at 2:03 PM


    screams from the haters, gotta nice ring to it!! i guess every super hero need his theme music!!


    • mattyflex - Jun 21, 2012 at 12:44 PM

      People can choose to be whatever they want to be on the internet, and you choose to be an idiot. Nice.

  2. quancao - Jun 20, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Actually this is the way Coach Brooks’ rotation had been running. Perk is upset because he does not get more playtime. The problem is when he does get more, he does not produce more. As a starter for Celtics, he never produced. And he became dispensable. As he will be with OKC. Role players only get interviewed when journalists cannot get to the stars. As one of the role players, he should have declined to speak and not criticize his Coach out loud.

  3. bigmeechy74 - Jun 20, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    That Eric Maynor injury killed them. Signing Derek Fisher seemed like a good idea at the time…. but that signing is the reason the thunder are not going to win a title this season. He has been TERRIBLE. Plus without him everyone else would get more minutes, and daquan cook would get in there. Scott Brooks is gonna botch up a potential dynasty….

  4. fm31970 - Jun 20, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    Phil Jackson coaches the Thunder next season. Bet on it.

  5. paulhargis53 - Jun 21, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    My posting of OKC in however many games is pure sarcasm. It was done by you heat fans in the Celtics series.

    I’m sorry it went over your head. You may wanna try reading the whole posting before spouting off though.
    Lynsey caught on, its a shame you didn’t.

    OKC IN 8!

  6. paulhargis53 - Jun 22, 2012 at 4:46 AM

    Lol, well, that’s like your opinion, man.

    You deciding to be a condescending ahole I see.

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