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

If Brooks decided to start Ivey, it would allow Cook to return to his more familiar role with the second unit rather than trying to blend his long-range game with the powerful scoring punch of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. When sixth man James Harden started two games in place of Thabo Sefolosha earlier this season, Brooks quickly returned Harden to his reserve role because it offered a greater comfort level.

"That was the reason I thought about it (starting Ivey) because DC definitely has a nice role with that second group, but he's had some good games for us as a starter," Brooks said. "We have to do a better job of finding one of the league's best 3-point shooters (Cook) some shots, but that hasn't swayed me enough to change the lineup."

The starting position opened 20 games ago when Sefolosha suffered an injury to his right foot. Sefolosha officially is listed as day-to-day, but is not expected back for another 1-2 weeks.


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