That Suns game last Wednesday provided one possible remedy.
As the game wore on, Russell Westbrook began to bull his way to the rim. Then, it was the Suns who didn't have an answer. Westbrook's speed applied so much pressure on Phoenix that the Thunder was able to break open the game before eventually securing an 18-point blowout.
“Russell's as quick at getting into the paint as anybody in the league,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “When he does that, it puts a lot of pressure on the zone. He's our best attack guy. And he has to use that. We can't settle for outside shots. When Russell attacks, it draws defenders and he can kick it out for open 3s. That's when you make those shots. When Russell does that, it makes us a good zone offensive team.”
Or as Maynor put it: “If he continues to do that then teams can't play zone.”