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OKC Thunder: Scott Brooks' surprising adjustments key Thunder's Game 6 win

With his back against the wall on Thursday night, Scott Brooks unveiled the type of adjustments we've never seen from him. And it saved the Thunder's season.
Oklahoman Modified: May 2, 2014 at 1:08 am •  Published: May 2, 2014

“I felt like that gave us a good chance to win today,” Brooks said of the lineup change, revealing that he would stick with it moving forward.

But his impactful adjustments weren’t limited to that pregame move. Brooks was great throughout. He divvied up the minutes beautifully, carving out as much small ball as possible and reinserting the energetic Steven Adams into the rotation.

Adams got 20 minutes, 11 more than he had the previous four games combined. And the rookie delivered, blocking five shots and wrecking havoc all over the court.

“I thought he did a great job, just coming in and using his size,” Westbrook said. “He was athletic, running the floor, blocking shots, rebounding.”

One of Brooks’ biggest rotation blunders, at times, has been his willingness to sit both Durant and Westbrook at the start of the second or fourth quarters. In the regular season, maybe, but in the playoffs, it seems wise to always have one of those playmakers leading the offense.

But to start the fourth quarter on Thursday night, even up 21, Brooks kept both his superstars on the court. He didn’t worry about routine. He just went for the kill And it worked.

Durant and Westbrook fought off the Grizzlies final run and, still up 21, exited the game for good with three minutes left.

And that’s when Brooks capped his banner night with a fitting salute to Thunder fans everywhere, subbing in popular reserve Jeremy Lamb as the victory cigar to what was one of the best games of his coaching career.

And it couldn’t have come at a better time.

by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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