Found June 18, 2012 on
Remember 48 hours ago when Scott Brooks and the Oklahoma City Thunder were determined not to change Russell Westbrook's hyper-aggressive playing style?
No worries. Scott Brooks doesn't remember either.
Sunday night, with the Thunder up six points midway through the third quarter and flirting with taking control of Game 3 of the NBA Finals, Scott Brooks decided to temper Westbrook's hyper-aggressive playing style. He benched his All-Star point guard and quite possibly irreversibly changed the momentum of this best-of-seven series.
In the matchup of young head coaches being dragged through the Finals by trios of superstars, Scott Brooks blinked before Erik Spoelstra.
With Kevin Durant already on the OKC bench nursing his fourth foul (a Joey Crawford phantom call on a Dwyane Wade drive) and James Harden in the nasty throes of another miserable Finals shooting performance, Brooks sat Westbrook the last five minutes of the third quarter, foolishly tossing away the Thunder...
BEST OF MAXIM
MIAMI When Russell Westbrook stalked off the court midway through the third quarter and arrived at the end of the bench, he punched the seat cushion he was about to sit on, an act that served as more than an expression of frustration.
It also served as confirmation that once again Westbrook is what's killing the Thunder.
Just kidding well, sort of.
Because for Westbrook...
The Thunder’s Russell Westbrook is having a tough go in the NBA Finals. His play has been erratic and he’s drawing criticism for his stubborn attitude.
Sound familiar? The Globe’s Gary Washburn draws a comparison between Westbrook and Rajon Rondo.
The difference is… Rondo gets criticized for his lack of aggression, while Westbrook is blasted for dominance of the ball:
Game 3 of the NBA Finals was a potentially huge game for the young Oklahoma City Thunder squad, a game in which they could take the upper hand in what has been a tightly fought series. Much was expected of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the rest of the young Thunder in their first road test of the NBA Finals. How did they respond? Durant got into foul trouble and Westbrook...
The Oklahoma City Thunder are a young team. They may still need to learn how to win close games against elite teams in difficult environments. They could learn something by watching to see how their opponent operates. The Miami Heat prevailed over the Thunder in Game 4 on Tuesday night, 104-98, to push LeBron James one win closer to earning his first-ever NBA championship ring. While...
The future is bright for the Oklahoma City Thunder. While the team's cap situation is not ideal, the core of the team is young, and superstars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are locked into long-term contracts. But even with the Thunder's trip to the NBA Finals, head coach Scott Brooks is not ready to commit to Oklahoma City's basketball future just yet. Brooks, who...
Scott Brooks likely is not focused on what happens after this season quite yet. In all likelihood, it will take care of itself once the Thunder's season ends -- championship or not.
You still cannot blame Thunder fans for worrying that their head coach will go elsewhere this offseason. And while it's a concern for later, it is still a concern.
Scott Brooks might be the hottest...
LeBron James and the Miami Heat are now only one win away from an NBA Championship.
Despite Russell Westbrook’s 43 points, the Heat went on to a 104-98 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder giving them a commanding 3-1 series lead, something no other NBA team has been able to overcome in NBA finals history.
LeBron James had 26 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds before being...
Maybe this is exactly what needed to happen to make this fad die. Adidas has created cartoon versions of OKC Thunder stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook complete with matching “personality frames” and snapbacks. Ironically enough, both of these guys are signed to Nike. Guess Adidas scooped them on this one. source
With game three of the NBA finals taking place on Sunday in Miami, I’d like to know who you have winning the style war so far. Lost? Not up on your NBA postgame fashion? Let’s take a quick look at what HE wore for the Heat’s victory over the Thunder – their first home loss [...]
Chris Bosh Can Swallow Anything50) Scott Brooks moved Kevin Durant off LeBron James at the start of the game, because doing the obvious thing is what counts as great strategy in Game Four49) Russell Westbrook started off hot, which meant the Thunder took an early lead for once48) OKC went up 13-3 in the first four minutes, which meant that Heat Fan started checking their cell phones...