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Kevin Durant sticks up for Scott Brooks, calls him 'Coach of the Year' Published: February 12, 2014

The Thunder has thrived with and without Russell Westbrook this season, one of many reasons Kevin Durant thinks Scott Brooks is coach of the year in the league.

Durant said as much to Jeff Caplan on in a story about Brooks' work with the young stars of the Thunder.

Durant defended Brooks' critics, who Caplan said have called the OKC coach "Unimaginative in clutch-time huddles. Dependent on the athleticism of his stars. Too stubborn to stray from his rotation."

“I wonder who’s saying that?” Durant said to “How can you knock a guy who I think should be coach of the year this year with us losing Russ (Westbrook) for so long and us staying on top of the best conference in the league, winning games against big teams on the road and he’s putting us in position every single game to be successful; who’s won 50 games, 55 games, 60 games, 47 games in the lockout [season], and we’re on pace for 60 now? I mean, what can you say?”

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