OKC Thunder: Scott Brooks pondered starting Royal Ivey

ROYAL IVEY — The veteran reserve guard's play of late has been so effective that Thunder coach Scott Brooks has considered starting him.
BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: March 8, 2012

Earlier this week, Thunder coach Scott Brooks admitted giving some thought to starting Royal Ivey at shooting guard and returning Daequan Cook to the second unit.

"I've definitely thought about it, (but) never to the point where I've wanted to pull the trigger," Brooks said before Monday night's home victory against Dallas. "I like his (Ivey's) energy off the bench. I like DC's ability to stretch the floor, and he's been guarding much better. Definitely thought about it, but not enough to make the switch."

It is not known if Brooks has reconsidered starting Ivey for Friday's 7 p.m. home game against Cleveland. The Thunder had Thursday off and Brooks was not available for comment.

Though Ivey failed to score in Wednesday night's game against the Phoenix Suns, he played a key role in the Thunder's 115-104 victory at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Ivey played the final 17:03 of the contest and sparked a defensive surge by OKC, which overcame a 16-point deficit in a span of eight minutes.

On the season, Ivey is averaging 11.4 minutes and 2.6 points in 14 appearances. Cook is averaging 19.8 minutes, 5.7 points and 2.6 rebounds in 19 starts and 38 appearances.

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