Same starting lineup
Thunder coach Scott Brooks
hasn’t changed the starting lineup all season and will not make any changes for Game 6 tonight at the Ford Center.
"Changing the lineup, that person would have to make shots, too,” Brooks said. "We haven’t made a lot of shots in this series. The bottom line is we have to go out there and do what we’ve done well all year long, that’s defend with a lot of energy, challenge ourselves to stop the ball. We didn’t do that (in Game 5).”
Center Nenad Krstic
will remain in the starting lineup but has averaged fewer minutes (20.2) than Serge Ibaka
(24.4) and Nick Collison
(21.2) off the bench.
Learning from Game 5 blowout
Sometimes when a team gets blown out, it doesn’t watch the tape. The Thunder, though, reviewed the first half of Game 5, examining why they fell behind 14-1 and trailed 55-34 at halftime.
"You get beat that badly sometimes you can loose track of what really went wrong because so many things went wrong,” Collison said. "But when you go back and watch it, that can almost be a confidence builder because you see we did almost nothing right. If you do nothing right, of course you’re going to get beat that bad.
"It’s things we see we can correct, things we’ve done most of the season, most of this series. Our thought process is we’re going to do those things that got us here in the first place and play much better.”
Because of the Lakers’ dominating performance in Game 5, most analysts would be shocked to see the Thunder win Games 6 and 7 to advance to the next round. Regardless of how much longer the Thunder stays in the playoffs, Brooks said the experience will be invaluable.