Scott Brooks' lineup creativity has been evident in recent games, with the Thunder coach routinely trotting out a three-point-guard look in crunch time.
But it's not the three point guards — Russell Westbrook, Reggie Jackson and Derek Fisher — who benefit the most.
Brooks thinks it may actually be Kevin Durant.
“I think it allows KD to give them a very difficult matchup,” Brooks explained. “When he's at the (power forward spot), he can guard basically every position on the floor. So it allows us to attack offensively. They have to decide, are they going to put a big guy or a shooter on KD? We like our chances with either one.”
IVERSON PRAISES DURANT
In a recent interview with BallisLife.com, recently retired NBA guard Allen Iverson was asked about Durant.
More specifically, Iverson was asked whether he thought Durant could ever eclipse LeBron James in the hierarchy of basketball.
“He doesn't have to,” Iverson said. “When we talk about basketball 20, 30 years from now, we are going to talk about Durant. We are going to talk about him being one of the all-time greats.”
“It's like Michael Jordan being as great as he is,” Iverson continued. “But you still have to talk about Magic (Johnson), you still have to talk about (Larry) Bird. ... That's how Durant is going to be defined when it's all over. He's just going to be defined as being great.”
STRUGGLING JAZZ COME TO TOWN
Before the year, many pundits proclaimed this NBA season “Tankapalooza,” predicting that a huge number of hapless teams would voluntarily bottom out for better lottery odds in next year's loaded draft.
Nearly a month into the season, Utah is leading that charge.
The Jazz visits Oklahoma City on Sunday with a league-worst 1-13 record, with nine of those losses coming by double-digits.
Utah's minus-11.0 point differential is more than two points worse than anyone else in the league.
ROUGH NIGHT IN THE NBA
Bad luck came in threes in the NBA on Friday night, with a trio of key pieces on contending teams going down with potentially serious injuries.
Warriors defensive stopper Andre Iguodala left Golden State's loss to the Lakers after he “heard a pop” in his hamstring. He told reporters postgame he couldn't even walk. There is no current timetable for his return.
Meanwhile in Memphis, Grizzlies anchor and reigning Defensive Player of the Year Marc Gasol went down with an MCL sprain in a loss to the Spurs. On Saturday, the Grizzlies announced he would be out indefinitely.
But the worst news might have come in Portland, where Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose left the loss to the Trail Blazers with what appears to be a serious injury to his right knee. He has a torn meniscus and is out indefinitely.
“Nobody wants to see a guy go down with an injury,” Brooks said. “But it's a part of the game, an unfortunate part of sports.”