NBA Finals notebook: Thunder coach Scott Brooks tries to keep team routine normal
Brooks said: “It's not an exhibition game. It's not any other game. We know that. We understanding where we are.”
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Durant sat for more than two minutes in the first half, taking a quick breather to start the second quarter.
The only player who played longer than Durant in the first half was Miami's LeBron James, who sat for 1:41 before half.
CBA HELD UP BY THUNDER'S APPEARANCE
NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver said before the game that having the National Basketball Players Association president, the Thunder's Derek Fisher, still alive in the finals has slowed up in ironing out the so called “B list” issues in the new collective bargaining agreement.
“He's still actively engaged in the season, that's part of the hold up as well, but we hope to turn to something once the season ends,” Silver said.
Silver said he recently spoke with NBPA executive director Bill Hunter about the issues.
“We agreed once the season was over, we would reconvene and continue discussing those issues,” Silver said.
Silver said of the issues left to settle, the age issue would not be implemented for next season. Other issues could be immediately implemented as they are settled, though.
COMPETITION COMMITTEE TO MEET JUNE 18
NBA commissioner David Stern said the block-charge/flop issue would be on the agenda when the league's competition committee meets June 18.
“Flopping almost doesn't do it justice,” Stern said. “Trickery. Deceit. Designed to cause the game to be decided other than on its merits. We will be looking at that. We'll be looking at a number of things that make it easier for us to say to our fans what we all know to be true — our referees want to get everything right.”
Stern said expanded replay could be one remedy.
Thunder general manager Sam Presti is on the committee.
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