NBA Finals: Thunder's Scott Brooks sticks with same lineup in Game 3

Scott Brooks sticks with the same lineup. “It hasn't even crossed my mind to change the starting lineup,” the Thunder coach said.
By John Rohde Published: June 18, 2012

“We've got to find a way to avoid bad stretches,” Thunder forward Nick Collison said. “We've got to avoid stretches where we don't get good shots. Defensively, we can't have breakdowns. We've got to try to make them shoot jump shots over a hand.”

Packing the paint and making the Heat shoot jump shots might simplify the Thunder's task — except when it comes to Shane Battier, who went 2 for 2 on Sunday and is now 11 for 15 (. 733) on 3-pointers in the series.


In the first quarter, referee Joey Crawford whistled Durant for an offensive foul on a jab step from 22-feet out against Dwyane Wade in the first quarter. During the next stoppage in play, Durant walked over to discuss the matter with Crawford but was intercepted by teammate Derek Fisher, who redirected Durant in the direction of the Thunder bench.

In the second quarter, referee James Capers missed a call underneath the basket in the second quarter and inadvertently pointed in Miami's direction. Brooks argued call and while Capers was in the process of correcting his own call, Crawford called a technical on Brooks.


Collison after the Game 3 loss: “Every game that you're in at the end and you lose, it feels like a missed opportunity. But Miami deserve credit, too. They played well. They made more plays and made less mistakes than we did. We've got to come back and be better next game.”

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