“We just decided to stay here,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said before the team departed Chicago. “It just gives us a chance to regroup after the Chicago game. You don’t have to repack your bags and jump on a flight. There’s not a lot of times you can do that. I kind of like doing that when we have that chance.”
A similar scheduling quirk earlier this month gave the Thunder three nights in Los Angeles. After facing Phoenix on Thursday, March 6, the Thunder flew to L.A. immediately after the game and had an off day Friday. OKC practiced Saturday and played the Lakers in an afternoon game Sunday before returning to Oklahoma City after the game.
“I don’t look at it (as a reward to the players),” Brooks said. “As a head coach, you have to systematically have your practice plans worked out throughout the year because you have to get practice times, you have to get the facilities. So you have to have the big-picture thinking, but you also have to look at segments of the season where you can call (practices) off also.”
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