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OKC Thunder: Scott Brooks says sitting players is 'cheating the game'

During a rout of Toronto, though, there was little reason to play All-Stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook late in the game.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: April 8, 2012

But Brooks has resisted rest and insists he will continue to do so.

“I always focus on the game and not focus on the minutes,” Brooks said. “I always believe that guys can muster up enough energy to win an NBA game (even if) it's a back-to-back.”

“If the guys need to play 40 minutes, they have to play it … I'm not worried about the minutes. I'm worried about how we play and how we can get better the last two weeks.”

Of course, there is plenty left to play for in these final 10 games and plenty that the Thunder needs to improve.

Oklahoma City still has a chance to earn home-court advantage through the NBA Finals, so each of the final 10 remains critical. Additionally, the team could stand to use the home stretch to shore up its deficiencies, which, at times, has included rebounding, turnovers and half-court offense.

“We're continuing to try to build consistency,” said Nick Collison. “The NBA's crazy that way. Four games ago we were playing our best basketball. And then we lose three straight.

“It's a fine line between winning and losing. We just got to keep recognizing what's good for us and try and recreate that over and over again.”

It's enough to force the Thunder to stick to the script.

Then again, Brooks knows better than to try to rest his hoop addicts.

“He knows not to do that,” said Kevin Durant.

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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