Scott Brooks answers back at George Karl's assessment of Thunder

BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: April 26, 2011

"That's not a chip on the shoulder of Westbrook, but a whole bag of Hershey morsels. Here's betting he will implode when push comes to shove in later postseason rounds as the tension builds."

Brooks again came to his team's defense.

"No question, Kevin is one of the best pin-down players in the game, and we do take advantage of him coming off screens," Brooks said. "I wouldn't be very smart if I didn't take advantage of that. Russell is an attack player. James Harden is an attack player. When Serge (Ibaka) gets around the basket, he can be an attack player. We're both. I think the good teams have a mixture of both, being able to shoot shots and being able to attack."

The Thunder became notably more physical on Feb. 24 when centers Kendrick Perkins and Nazr Mohammed arrived via trades.

"I think we're a physical team," Brooks said. "I think our guys have stepped up and played aggressive basketball. Perk definitely adds to that. Nick (Collison), Nazr and Serge, they're our interior defenders who add to our toughness. It's easy to look at Kevin and see what he does offensively and to think that he's not tough, but he's as tough as anyone on our team.

"I think we're definitely more physical now, not taking anything away from the other guys and not comparing or contrasting the two guys who were traded away (Nenad Krstic and Jeff Green)."

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