Share “OKC Thunder: Scott Brooks wants Western...”

OKC Thunder: Scott Brooks wants Western Conference's top seed

The Thunder coach isn’t hiding his feelings. He wants the conference’s No. 1 seed, which comes with homecourt advantage throughout the West playoffs. But Oklahoma City will need to take care of business — and hope San Antonio cools off.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: March 31, 2014
Advertisement

photo -  Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka (9), Derek Fisher (6), Caron Butler (2) and Kevin Durant (35) walk to the bench area for a third-quarter timeout called by coach Scott Brooks, middle, during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Dallas Mavericks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Sunday, March 16, 2014. Dallas won, 109-86. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka (9), Derek Fisher (6), Caron Butler (2) and Kevin Durant (35) walk to the bench area for a third-quarter timeout called by coach Scott Brooks, middle, during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Dallas Mavericks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Sunday, March 16, 2014. Dallas won, 109-86. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Scott Brooks isn’t hiding his feelings.

He wants the Western Conference’s top seed, which comes with homecourt advantage throughout the West playoffs.

“If you ask me if I’d rather have a choice to have four home games over three, yes, I’d rather have that,” the Thunder coach said Monday.

In order to get it, Oklahoma City must find a way to catch San Antonio in the standings.

The Spurs have been red hot, winning a league-best 18 straight entering Monday’s game at Indiana. But the Thunder has a chance to disrupt that rhythm and gain some ground in Thursday’s showdown against San Antonio inside Chesapeake Energy Arena.

OKC is 3 1/2 games back of San Antonio but already owns the tiebreaker over the Spurs. A win Thursday would cut another game off the Spurs’ lead.

But the Thunder will need some help. It’ll need San Antonio to cool off.

And a stiff schedule for the Spurs this week could be just what OKC needs.

Following their road game at Indiana on Monday, the Spurs returned home to prepare for Golden State on Wednesday. San Antonio will then come to town on the second night of a back-to-back. The Spurs end the week with Memphis on Sunday.

It’s the toughest stretch the Spurs have had in their current scorching streak.

From there, the Spurs end the season with games against Minnesota, Dallas, Phoenix, Houston and the Los Angeles Lakers. Three of those final five are in the playoff hunt.

The Thunder has a relatively easier finish, although four of the next five come on the road. But Oklahoma City is 14-3 against its final eight opponents. It’s a success rate that suggests Thunder still has a good chance to claim the top seed.

Continue reading this story on the...

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...
+ show more


Trending Now


AROUND THE WEB

  1. 1
    Parents enter pleas after 2-year-old starved 'literally, almost to death'
  2. 2
    Tulsa County officials told to delete documents, text indicates
  3. 3
    Michele Bachmann May Be Islamic State Target
  4. 4
    Chinese Hackers May Have Attacked Apple's iCloud
  5. 5
    White House Chief Of Staff Negotiating Redaction Of CIA Torture Report
+ show more