Share “Jenni Carlson chat: Talking...”

Thunder Rumblings


Jenni Carlson chat: Talking Thunder-Clippers and Scott Brooks

by Jenni Carlson Published: May 12, 2014
NewsOK Sports 10:21 a.m. We've got a big week coming up with Thunder-Clippers tied at 2-2. How will the Thunder adjust coming home for Game 5? Jenni Carlson will be on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m., so get your questions in now and she'll have answers.
Jenni Carlson 11:00 a.m. OK, folks, it's go time. Keep sending those questions. I'll get to as many as I can.
Ben 11:00 a.m. Tramel at least got it right that the Thunder's problem is getting Brooks to make the right adjustments and not look silly standing or sitting down without any move except the wrong action, your comment?
Jenni Carlson 11:01 a.m. Here's what I didn't understand in the fourth quarter: why not put in Kendrick Perkins to stop the layup drill? I'll actually be writing more about this for tomorrow's editions. ...
Jenni Carlson 11:01 a.m. But here's the thing, OKC didn't need to score a bunch. It needed to stop LAC from getting easy baskets. No one does that better at the rim than Perk. ...
Jenni Carlson 11:02 a.m. And he spent the quarter on the bench. I don't get that. Don't get it at all.
Guest 11:02 a.m. I don't get Brooks putting smaller players into the court as the lead was being eaten up and his decision was to match up small, while the right decision was to get big, would you like to throw in your 10 cents on it?
Jenni Carlson 11:02 a.m. I get to throw in 10 cents? Wow, a bunch more than the two cents I usually get ... ;)
Jenni Carlson 11:03 a.m. I get the decision to go small to match the Clippers' smaller lineup at first. But then when the bottom started to fall out, I don't get leaving Perk on the bench. ...
Jenni Carlson 11:03 a.m. Put him in there and have him help on the backside. It would've probably stopped the layup drill AND improved the pick-and-roll defense. Maybe it wouldn't have stopped the Clippers from coming all the way back. But could it have hurt? Sure doesn't seem so.
Guest 11:03 a.m. Brooks should be like a surgeon who has all the instruments at his disposal, but uses the wrong instruments, like to weigh in?
Jenni Carlson 11:04 a.m. I think I just explained what I think in regards to Brooks and what he did yesterday. But I'll say this, he tends to do a pretty good job adjusting as the series goes. Look at the Memphis series and the decision to insert Butler. Or the improvements from Game 1 to Game 2 in this series. ...
Jenni Carlson 11:05 a.m. He's going to need to make a similar adjustment after yesterday. His history points to him doing that. Tuesday, we'll know for sure.
Guest 11:05 a.m. Readers here mostly now see the Thunder regressing, instead of advancing because of poor judgement by their coach, like, how can Brooks let the 20 point lead just evaporate into thin air, without doing the right substitution, any ideas?
Jenni Carlson 11:06 a.m. OK, OK, enough of the overreacting. The Thunder is about 2 minutes away from having a 3-1 lead in this series and being able to close out tomorrow. Was yesterday a bummer? Sure, sure, sure. But regressing? ...
Jenni Carlson 11:07 a.m. This team isn't regressing. Heck, prior to Game 4, Berry wrote about how this team continues to improve, and the evidence of that is the improvement in Steven Adams. ...
Jenni Carlson 11:07 a.m. So, to say that this team is regressing just isn't true. Yesterday was disappointing, but it's not the only point of reference. And if you look at the body of work, this is still a really, really good team.
Guest 11:07 a.m. I would like to give my 2 cents here that if the Clippers go ultra small, get his big guy, Adams, Collison or even Perkins set some screens for the shooters, if the tall 6'10" Thunder player can't post up on anyone, big or small, your reaction? KD should work on post up, which Barkley mentioned during the Memphis series, which is the only missing on his game, as per sir Charles, care to elaborate on it?
Jenni Carlson 11:08 a.m. I don't care to every speak for Charles. He does just fine speaking by himself. ...
Jenni Carlson 11:08 a.m. But I thought offensively the Thunder got away from its offense way too early in the fourth quarter. Maybe in the waning seconds of a game, you give the ball to your superstar and say "Go make a play." But they started doing that way too early in the fourth quarter. ...
Jenni Carlson 11:09 a.m. They just need to stick with their offense, which was doing fantastically. No need to jump to hero ball so soon.
Guest 11:09 a.m. What I have read here is the culprit for games lost are as per popularity; number 1, Brooks is the problem of being out coached, no. 2, Westbrook is the ball hog, no. 3, Durant can't shake-off his midget guard and lastly, Reggie can't defend, any words from you?
Jenni Carlson 11:10 a.m. People can have whatever opinions they like. Is this team perfect? Of course not. No team is. But I still think this team, as it is, can win a title.
Guest 11:10 a.m. My observation is that there is no accountability by any of the Thunder's staff, including the players, not even a, that's my fault starting from Brooks, their coach.
Jenni Carlson 11:10 a.m. I've heard players and coaches on this team take the blame before. Maybe it's not as much as people would like, but to say there's no accountability? There's plenty of accountability. ...
Jenni Carlson 11:11 a.m. But their accountability isn't to us. It's to the owners and operators of the Thunder. If Scott Brooks isn't doing his job like they want, they'll fire him. But the public and the media don't have the power to fire him. So, his accountability isn't to any of us. It's to those people to whom he answers.
Bryan 11:11 a.m. Why does it seem like it's always either "extreme high" or "extreme low" in terms of overall game-play with the Thunder? Time after time they go on runs and build leads of double-digits, only to let the other team climb back in (happened 2 times yesterday). Is it them just getting super complacent and playing conservative? Is it coaching? All of the above?
Jenni Carlson 11:12 a.m. I suspect it's a combination of those things. One of my biggest frustrations with this team is how it seems to have lacking urgency at times when it needs to be urgent the most. Like Game 5 in the Memphis series. ...
Jenni Carlson 11:13 a.m. That game, coming off a big win in Memphis, OKC had a great chance to take a stranglehold on that series. Instead, it lost at home and seemed to lack energy. ...
Jenni Carlson 11:14 a.m. Similar deal yesterday. A chance to go up 3-1 in the series and you let the Clippers get a lineup drill going in the fourth quarter? I don't get where the urgency was. An urgent team would've realized that the balance was tipping and would've done something about it.
3:10 to Yuma 11:14 a.m. This coach needs to go. His consistent inability to make in-game adjustments at this level and manage timeouts is a joke. That and the obvious perception that not all the players seem to heed his directives. With average basketball IQ ability and declining leadership, [players jawing at each other at the huddle and walking off]what else is left than to honorably resign or get fired?
Jenni Carlson 11:15 a.m. I don't think Scott is going to resign or get fired. I mean, that seems especially unlikely if he leads this team to an NBA title. That's just as likely an outcome to this season, in my mind, as anything. ...
Jenni Carlson 11:16 a.m. Listen, yesterday was bad. I agree. But this is an extremely talented team with a good coach. Great? No. But good. And they can still win it all. Deep breath, everyone. Deep breath.
harry man 11:16 a.m. jenni, I have never meet you but has anyone told you look like danick patrick harry man
Jenni Carlson 11:16 a.m. Who is Danick Patrick, Harry Man? Is that Danica Patrick's evil twin or something?
Guest 11:16 a.m. Have you ever played in any sports, Jenni?
Jenni Carlson 11:16 a.m. Yep.
harry man 11:16 a.m. Ok the accident punch from Ibaka. did you see it. was it on purpose or not
Jenni Carlson 11:17 a.m. Did I see it? How could you miss it? They replayed it about 6,000 times. ...
Jenni Carlson 11:18 a.m. As for whether it was an accident or on purpose, I don't know. Clearly, Perk pushed into Ibaka and sent him back into Griffin. Had that not happened, I'm not sure there would've been any contact at all. ...
Jenni Carlson 11:18 a.m. So, could Ibaka have planned to hit Griffin in the short amount of time there was from the time Perk sent him that way until he contacted Griffin? I'm not sure.
harry man 11:18 a.m. is thunder up nation WORRIED about this series.
Jenni Carlson 11:18 a.m. Sure seems that way, Harry Man.
Randy 11:18 a.m. If the Thunder do decide to go in another direction with a new coach, who would make them better? I don't think you can bring in a retread guy. Stan Van Gundy looks like he's going to Golden State, so there's a good coach taken.
Jenni Carlson 11:19 a.m. If they did do that, and I think that's a huge, gigantic if, it would have to a coach who's won a title, in my opinion. Can't bring in even a successful coach who has no title. He would need a title to be able to have sway over a team as talented as this. ...
Jenni Carlson 11:21 a.m. So, who does that bring into the conversation? Rick Carlisle. Gregg Popovich. Eric Spoelstra. I mean, it's not a long list, and it's not a list of highly accessible coaches either.
harry man 11:21 a.m. when is game 7
Jenni Carlson 11:21 a.m. It would be Sunday in OKC if needed.
harry man 11:21 a.m. Is scott brooks the talk him etc...
Jenni Carlson 11:21 a.m. You got that right, Harry Man. That's the talk, for sure.
Guest 11:21 a.m. At the ost game questions thrown at him on what went wrong, his answer was he'll look at film, what kind of voach would say such a silly comment. He should be looking at it as the game progresses, shouldn't he?
Jenni Carlson 11:22 a.m. Oh, lots of coaches use the we-need-to-look-at-film approach. Listen to any college football coach on Saturdays in the fall, and you'll hear that.
Chris 11:22 a.m. Burn it down, Jenni! Burn it all down! We lost a game!
Jenni Carlson 11:22 a.m. Apparently, that's the approach, Chris. I don't get it, but that's what a lot of folks want.
Guest 11:22 a.m. You say that this team can win a title, by the players, with their coach or another coach?
Jenni Carlson 11:23 a.m. With everything as it is. Coaching staff. Player roster. It's all good enough to win a title. Will it? We'll have to see. But it's good enough.
Guest 11:23 a.m. Does it seem to you that Durant might be tired and the coach answer is , he is still in his twenties and will never tire, right from the inhumane coach?
Jenni Carlson 11:24 a.m. I'm not entirely sure what you're asking, but I think you want to know if Brooks has treated KD unfairly by playing him too much. ...
Jenni Carlson 11:24 a.m. I've long said that KD needed more rest this season, but the reality was that Russ was hurt and KD had to play more than anyone would've liked. I don't think Brooks did anything inhumane. The team just did what it thought was necessary.
Paul 11:25 a.m. Jenni, I know its a big what if, but if Brooks allowed the Clips to come back and win this series, do you think he would lose his job.
Jenni Carlson 11:26 a.m. I don't think that's going to happen. This is a franchise built on stability, and firing a coach after losing a series would seem to be a knee-jerk reaction. Knee-jerk reactions just aren't something that Presti and Co. have.
Paul 11:26 a.m. Did you think Griffin got away with obvious fouls in the fourth because he had five fouls?
Jenni Carlson 11:26 a.m. There might've been one time when I thought a play could've been a foul on him, but it could've just as easily been a no call. I didn't necessarily notice anything obvious. ...
Jenni Carlson 11:28 a.m. But I have to tell you, I'm not a person who gets caught up in officiating like a lot of folks. I figure there are calls missed on both ends. Both teams benefit and both teams suffer from missed calls. It balances out. Happens every game, so it's not something I give too much credence.
3:10 to Yuma 11:28 a.m. You are partially right but myopic on accountability. Accountability for Scott Brooks is to the fans too who pay hard-earned money for tickets to the games, buy Thunder merchandise and increase TV ratings, allow them to use taxpayer dollars, millions of it to upgrade the Arena and build a sate of the art practice facility. You still think the Thunder organization does not owe us to be accountable?
Jenni Carlson 11:29 a.m. If you or anyone else as a fan isn't happy, you can make that known by not going to games, not watching on TV, etc. And if enough other people are like you, the Thunder will notice that. But do I think Brooks has to say "I'm sorry" after every loss? No. ...
Jenni Carlson 11:29 a.m. Would it be nice to hear? Sure. But it's not necessary. That's just not how it works.
3:10 to Yuma 11:29 a.m. Brooks is a goner is we don't make it to the NBA Finals. Your choice Jenni, Kevin Ollie or John Calipari?
Jenni Carlson 11:30 a.m. First of all, I don't agree with your first statement, but like I said before, if the Thunder has to hire a different coach, I believe he needs to have an NBA title on his resume. A guy like Kevin Ollie, because of his history here and the respect he has from KD and Co., might be the one exception to that rule.
Guest 11:30 a.m. What sport did you participate in?
Jenni Carlson 11:31 a.m. I was most heavily involved with golf. Played juniors events and stuff. Was going to play in college and was all set to do so, but decided I wanted to focus on journalism instead. I had a feeling I had a much better chance to make a living in journalism than on the LPGA tour.
harry man 11:32 a.m. who is on live chat Tuesday
Jenni Carlson 11:32 a.m. Glad you asked, Harry Man. Thunder beat writer extraordinaire Darnell Mayberry will be chatting tomorrow.
Jenni Carlson 11:33 a.m. And with that, it's time for me to bolt. Got to get to Thunder practice here in a bit.
by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
+ show more


  1. 1
    Claremore firefighter dies in high-water rescue as up to 6 inches of rain falls in Tulsa metro area
  2. 2
    I Want This Screen Protector That Magically Gives iPhones a Back Button
  3. 3
    'A Beautiful Mind' mathematician John Nash killed in car crash
  4. 4
    Daniel Cormier beats Anthony Johnson by submission to win light heavyweight title
  5. 5
    Video purportedly of Kevin Durant raises questions
+ show more