For as long as he's been coach of the Thunder, Scott Brooks has stuck to a nine-man rotation. But with center Kendrick Perkins now available, and Daequan Cook filling it up from the perimeter, Brooks might be forced to play 10 players regularly. He did Monday at Washington, with Cook going 6-for-9 from 3-point range, and again Wednesday at Miami.
“D.C. is a wild card. I feel confident he can come in and make two or three 3s,” Brooks said. “He's not going to get a lot of minutes unless the game says that or we have foul trouble or something like that. But I like what he does. He comes in, he plays hard and he's making shots.”
HARDEN HELPING OUT THE OFFENSE
Before Wednesday's game against the Heat, Brooks gave second-year guard James Harden a lot of credit for his contributions to the team's offense of late. Entering Wednesday, Harden had averaged 17.4 points on 50.7 percent shooting since the All-Star break.
“We're playing very well offensively, and it has a lot to do with James Harden,” Brooks said. “He's coming off the bench and providing us a spark. He's consistent. He's defending. He's making shots. He's playmaking for others. Russell (Westbrook) and Kevin (Durant) obviously are big offensive threats. But they're moving the ball well, they're taking good shots and everybody feels a part of it. When you have five guys participating on the offensive end, it helps the defense also.”
SPORTSNATION CHOOSES DURANT OVER LEBRON
In a poll conducted by the ESPN television show “SportsNation,” 60 percent of viewers would rather have Durant on their team than LeBron James. The show's hosts, Michelle Beadle and Colin Cowherd, debated the results.Wednesday's box score