Posts tagged Scott Brooks
Playoff Seed, Opponent Still Undecided

We've made it to the last day of the NBA's regular season and there's still much to be decided when it comes to the Thunder's playoff situation.

The simplest answers to the questions are a Thunder win tonight against Detroit secures the #2 seed in the Western Conference playoffs and the Thunder would start that run by hosting the winner of tonight's Dallas-Memphis game.

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Didn't See That Coming

Well this week certainly hasn't started the way I figured. You see I thought the Thunder would go up to Indianapolis, take advantage of some matchup mis-matches and take care of business against the Pacers.

Then I figured since the Pelicans hardly had enough healthy players to fill out a lineup sheet the Thunder would beat them almost no matter what.

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Jackson Uncertain For Tonight

The worst thing that happened in the Thunder's 102-97 loss to Indiana yesterday is that backup point guard Reggie Jackson got hurt trying to fight through a screen and his playing status is in question for tonight's game in New Orleans.

Jackson didn't return to yesterday's game in Indianapolis after running headlong into a screen being set by one of the Pacer's big men.

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Thunder Rolls Past New Orleans

Thunder forward Serge Ibaka didn't score the most points Friday night but he probably prevented more points from being scored than anyone else on the floor.

While most folks figure Kevin Durant has the Most Valuable Player Award wrapped up, Ibaka let his play lobby for him being named Defensive Player of the Year as the Thunder blitzed past the New Orleans Pelicans 116-94.

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Healthy Thunder Clip L-A

Oh what a difference a healthy lineup makes.

For just the second time since Christmas Day the Oklahoma City Thunder sent their regular starting five out on the court, a group that had played together in just 20 games this season, winning 17.

Now you can make that 18.

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Just In Time Thunder Healthy Again

The Thunder's regular starting five has been out on the floor together for just 20 games this season. Tonight, if we all cross our fingers and toes, just might be the 21st.

Kendrick Perkins returned last week from his strained groin, Russell Westbrook has been back for a while though he continues under restrictions and last night Thabo Sefolosha was back.

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Another Back-To-Back Begins

The Oklahoma City Thunder have faced a murderous schedule the last month or so of the season and their record has suffered because of it.

Six sets of back-to-back games in the span of 30 days is difficult enough but sprinkle in some injuries and some minutes restrictions and the plan of holding Russell Westbrook out of one game of each of those back-to-backs and you have a difficult situation.

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Suns Light Up Thunder Again

The Oklahoma City Thunder knew what was coming, knew exactly how the Phoenix Suns would attack them because they'd seen it up close before and still they were helpless to stop it.

For the second time in a month the Suns burned Oklahoma City with hot shooting, hitting almost 60 percent of their shots overall and almost 50 percent of their 3-pointers.

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Lost In The Loss, Thunder Win Division

The Thunder lost a game they probably should have won and lost in the disappointment of giving away a game in Houston is another division title for Oklahoma City.

When the Portland Trail Blazers lost to the Phoenix Suns the Blazers were eliminated from the race giving the Thunder their fourth straight Northwest Division Championship and the chance to hang another banner from the rafters of The Peake.

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Thunder Stop Streaking Spurs 106-94

It was deja-vu all over again for the San Antonio Spurs Thursday night. The last time they had a really long winning streak (20 games in the 2011-12 regular season and playoffs) the Thunder ended it on the court at Chesapeake Energy Arena in the Western Conference Finals.

This time the Spurs came in streaking again, 19 straight wins to set a regular season franchise record. And once again the streak stopped inside The Peake.

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Thursday Throwdown

We've had the first part of the week to talk about it and speculate. Who do the matchups favor? What will the matchups even be, with questions surrounding who will and who won't play tonight.

What we know for sure is the two best teams in the Western Conference go at each other tonight. The time for waiting and talking and speculating is just about over.

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Spurs, Thunder Face Lineup Decisions

These next three days should be interesting for those of us who pay attention to the Thunder and the Spurs as both teams play back-to-backs and both will face some interesting lineup decisions.

San Antonio hosts Golden State tonight, The Thunder host the Spurs tomorrow night and then Oklahoma City goes to Houston on Friday.

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Reggie & Perk Closer To Return, Maybe

Thunder head coach Scott Brooks doesn't really like talking about injured players and how close, or not, they are to returning to the lineup.

Today of course he was asked about the progress of Reggie Jackson, Thabo Sefolosha and Kendrick Perkins and whether they were able to participate much in Monday's practice.

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Westbrook Disappointed In His Defense

While Thunder head coach Scott Brooks told reporters he has a "long list" of things his team needs to work on and Nick Collison agreed that defense was at the top of the list, Russell Westbrook tried to shoulder most of that burden himself.

"I've gotta step up defensively, that's just what I've gotta do to help us win games," Westbrook said after Thursday's practice.

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Perk & Thabo Back Soon?

For their first years here in Oklahoma City the Thunder were amazingly healthy. A couple of starters would only miss a handful of games a year, Russell Westbrook never missed a game, Kevin Durant usually didn't either and even key members of the rotation were always healthy.

This year the odds finally caught the Thunder. Out of the 71 games they've played, all five regular starters have played together in only 20.

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