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@David_Selig This is my main gripe too. I'm so sick of the isolations at the end of the game. I realize that they're trying to space the floor to counter the KD doubles. But it forces everyone to stand and watch...not good basketball.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Thunder collapse and let the Clippers back in it, 101-99
How about them taking 18 more shots than us?
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Thunder vs. Clippers: Game 4 Pregame Primer
I can agree with that, but is it out of line to expect Durant to be able to pass out of a double w/o throwing it to the other team?
I'm usually a Brooks hater. But this is not on him. Butler was on the floor because they wanted the KD or Russ iso. Who do want to throw out of the double team to? It's that simple. If you are Brooks, you can't anticipate that kind of collapse. The players deserve a good portion of the blame. KD in particular was terrible taking care of the ball.
I can't believe no one has mentioned the fact that they took 93 shots to our 75. THAT is something we can control.
So much for the 25 pts+ streak being a distraction...
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Pistons vs. Thunder: Pregame Primer
You read my mind!!
Singler takes Durant to the cup....lmfao
We'll never win a title with Brooks at the helm. He can coach kids, but not men. We're still a bunch of pussies.
@Theoo His personality isn't strong enough to handle these guys now
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Thunder vs. Suns: Pregame Primer
@neo12 One can only hope
This team can't defend direct drives plain and simple. They handle pick-n-roll okay, but isolations kill us.
Can agree totally with the gambling
8 months ago on Wednesday Bolts – 3.26.14
@King of Carrot Flowers the third @hiphoopster @Jooseppi
Lamb is not logging significant minutes anymore, and Butler at least has the excuse of possibly not being 100% sure of the scheme. Reggie is terrible on the ball giving up direct drives
With rotations...yes. And possibly Butler. But ON the ball, Reggie gives up so many direct drives it's nauseating.
I'm talking about being iso'd on the ball. He is an open gate. I will agree that Russ and Caron belong in the discussion, but at least they have somewhat of an excuse.
Who is worse?
@King of Carrot Flowers the third @hiphoopster
Among the people who are logging significant minutes, he is ABSOLUTELY the worst on the team. Look at the ppm of his assignments on a night-to-night basis. He makes average players look like All-Stars. Off the ball, he is okay, but on the ball....major deficiencies.
(1) Everybody is enamored with Jackson's new-found offense. Meanwhile, his defense continues to be a huge liability, (2) The 3 point guard look with all the switching has to stop....how about we just guard people?? (3) What are Scott Brooks' strengths as a coach besides staying positive and being a good little cheerleader?
Yes...it's Wednesday and I'm a little grumpy and negative!
Okay, so Reggie has put up good offensive numbers....and I'm happy about that. But his perimeter defense is about as reliable and effective as a fence post!
And one more thing: Think about the elite coaches in the league. Pop, Tibs, and further back with Jackson and Riley. Their personality was at the root of their teams success. What does Brooks do well? What is is hallmark?
8 months ago on Thunder slip in overtime to the Mavs, 128-119
Reggie is such a liability on defense...makes ordinary players look like like all-stars.
8 months ago on Thunder vs. Mavericks: Pregame Primer
@OKC_Gooner @hiphoopster I'm sitting in my recliner, in my underwear, eating ice cream. Now, do I sound like a hipster??
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Thunder defile themselves, falling 114-110 to the Lakers
@OKC_Gooner @hiphoopster Maybe that's true, but no, not a hipster
@OKC_Gooner @hiphoopster If I was a hipster, I wouldn't be on this board
@Tvaddic Spot On!!!
I would love to blame Brooks, but the truth is that it's on the players. They look like a team full of individuals. Everyone want's to step in and pick up the slack on offense, but we can't find a swinging dick to play defense when Thabo and Perk go down. KD's defense was freaking terrible...he's blaming it on lack of communication and yet he isn't talking at all on switches and rotations off of the double team. I don't think I've ever criticized him, but the dude needs to be a leader right now and quit worrying about the MVP, because it's showing.
@Theoo I can't believe no one is calling Durant out. His defense was borderline nonexistent. I think Darnell is spot on.....too many agendas on this team right now. I'm really not worried about it yet, with the exception of Reggie. All the attention midway thru the year has went to his head.
Exactly...no player movement, no ball movement. That my friend is coaching.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Friday Bolts – 1.10.14
@shiki @hiphoopster No doubt, but it really doesn't matter right now, because there is no continuity to this offense. It's "hero" basketball at best and it doesn't work in the NBA. Personally, I would start Fish and play Reggie with Lamb. But again, this offense needs to flow and it doesn't with Reggie. Think about it. He dominates the ball, but is not a high assist guy. That's fine if your last name is Westbrook....
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Nuggets smoke the Thunder, 101-88
Our struggles right now come down to two things in my opinion: (1) Jackson really doesn't make his teammates better. He shows us glimpses of individual dominance, but lacks big-time as a facilitator, and (2) Scott Brooks doesn't have the stones to be a championship coach. He was great for this team when Russ and KD were young, but he's not even close to being considered elite.
@FF_pickups Best post in months...
@Lost Ones I agree. That is just a bullshit way of looking at things. He is THE coach for crying out loud! I was beginning to think we had finally reached a point where we could sustain some continuity after the Houston game, but the fact that they're not bringing that on a more consistent basis falls on the shoulders of Brooks.
My god this is embarrasing. We look like an 8th grade girls team.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Thunder vs. Nuggets: Pregame Primer
Why not put Roberson on Foye? Oh yeah....Fisher can stop him :/
@MostJadedGamer @OBoy @ThunderBuddy It would be nice for this team to have a true point guard
@MostJadedGamer @OBoy @ThunderBuddy Amen!
Serge is right on the money
This team (including the head coach) doesn't have the mental fortitude to win a Championship.
@OKC_J.O.P Thank you Captain Obvious!
Reggie is a bitch. Just sayin.
Something is going on with this team...other than losing Westbrook. They aren't playing hard, Durant is trying to single-handedly win games, and finally.....Brooks is terrible. This guy makes zero adjustments. I wish Clay would offer Pop an offer he couldn't refuse. It looks to me as if there's something going on between Kevin and Reggie or maybe even Reggie and everyone.
Adams is the key....think about it. Do you really want Ibaka playing the 5 too much? We can't afford to have him in early foul trouble and he's not nearly as good as Perkins at setting screens. We need Ibaka to benefit from defensive rotations. He benefits so much from it already.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Thunder crush the Lakers, 122-97
Go small earlier and we win
1 year ago on Thunder vs. Warriors: Pregame Primer
@blueRAP They did
All kinds of movement to get back in the game, then back to the iso's again...
I've been commenting on this site for years now, and not once have I ever said that Brooks needs to be replaced, but something has to give. His adjustments leave me scratching my head and his offense is totally devoid of any creativity, which was okay when the team was in it's infancy stage. He was just what they needed when they hired him, but I have no faith in his ability to coach a veteran team. This team needs to be coached....enough with the pep talks. I wish they could offer Pop a contract he couldn't refuse.
If this team's chancing of winning a championship hinge on KD's ability to facilitate from the perimeter, off of the bounce, then I got some news for y'all....we ain't winning a title. Brooks has gotten away from posting Durant closer to the basket, probably because of all the double teams, but it's really a far more efficient way to facilitate for Durant. His passing off of the dribble is just way too inconsistent and people are learning to take chances when he lays it on the floor......just my opinion.
1 year, 8 months ago on Nuggets outgun the Thunder, 114-104
The most encouraging thing I saw last night was the extra pass made by Serge for a Durant 3 pointer. If Serge is sharing the ball, then that is definitely a sign that this team is playing well together.
2 years ago on Thursday Bolts - 11.22.12
Brooks has to find a way to get KD the ball on the move. The post up doesn't work against more physical defenders, which is what we'll see in the playoffs. The one thing that would help KD, in my opinion, is for him to make a commitment to screen to get open. but his screens are merely rubs. It has to be good enough to initiate a defensive switch, help, or an open shot.....rarely does that happen.
2 years ago on OKC falters late in San Antonio, 86-84