Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 at 9:30 am  |  15 responses

Kendrick Perkins Unhappy With Scott Brooks’ Lineups

OKC Thunder head coach Scott Brooks has come under fire throughout the NBA Finals for his questionable lineup decision, but that’s usually done by fans and the media. After last night’s heartbreaking loss in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, Kendrick Perkins was critical of his coach. Per the Oklahoman: “It seems like they make plays and you guys don’t make plays. Was that the case again tonight? ‘I just don’t understand why we start out the first quarter the way we did, with the lineup that we had, and all of a sudden we change and adjust to what they had going on. So they won the last three quarters, and that’s what happened.’ So you’re talking about the group that went out there and got the 17-point lead wasn’t out there long enough? ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. So we just gotta make sure that we play together. The series is not over. We just have to keep taking it one game at a time. We win Thursday and we’re back to Oklahoma City.’”

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  • Heals

    Scotty may not be having his best series, but his players gotta step up too. Mia’s getting contributions up and down the stat sheet. WusselRestbrook aside guys gotta start hitting their shots. There weren’t any X’s and O’s on LBJ’s top of the arc 3 or Mario’s Lay-up just guys making plays when they need to…

  • Ash

    The matchups is the key. Yes, OKC has depth but the matchup like Harden on Lebron is not a good idea. Nick Colison and Ibaka has to play more not Perkins. Selfolish has to be every time Lebron is playing. I would also put Fisher on Chamlers or Wade, he lacks speed but still defensively strong.

  • http://www.slamonline.com phsyco B

    Thunder just seem rattled. They need to find a way to get durant the ball. He needs 30 shots a game. And they need to stop making critical mistakes in critical situations. Young fellas need to keep their heads. F#@k I hate the heat. Their just a bunch of f#%ks. Come on OKC get your ish in order.

  • http://slamonline.com samoaninlondon

    never really know why ibaka is never out there late in the game. the guy has the confidence to hang against Miami – he backs himself which is what OKC needs late, players who are willing to bang. Get Fisher and Collison out of the line ups

  • http://Google Shano From The Wickid

    Perkins would stay in the game if he could score over a 6’8 defender. None of the thunder bigs can, so the Heat stay with small line ups.

  • Treena

    Sometimes it comes down to experience. OKC is really good but they are young & make a lot of rookie mistakes. The switches on defense werent done on a constant basis and too may double teams, leaving MIAs 3pt shooters wide open.

  • Omar

    Perk is never happy…He’s right but he’s never happy.

  • Cox

    I agree, Perkins was slowing the game down making Miami play to their pace, on their terms or whatever. You speed the game up against Miami you are putting yourself at a disadvantage, no matter how good your transition game is.
    Also Harden needs to start making shots, he is playing awful. As a team I think OKC was 3-19 from three, while Miami was 10-26. Game 3, OKC was something like 4-18 from three. That ain’t gonna do it in the Finals, sorry. OKC is getting their butts kicked.

  • Boogy

    If not for Westbrook okc is going nowhere. He push himself to exhaustion. Always there hustling not afraid to mix it up. He make plays on the 50/50 balls. Durant is good offensively but watch him play he is just outside afraid to mix it up with his height, he doesn’t fight for rebounds, doesn’t make hustle plays, flat footed on defense, uses his hands more than his feet when defending. Offensively he just waits for the ball, no movement without the ball, when he is fronted by the defense he doesn’t reposition himself and when the play is broken Westbrook is left to save the play. He plays soft. Russel Westbrook deserves more credit. He and Thabo actually are the ones giving them life right now. They battle.

  • Ldub

    I dont think it had anything to do with the squad that was out there. That team has been on the court in other situations and Miami took advantage. They had decent shots, they just didnt drop. It was more or less a good qtr for OKC and a not so good qtr for Miami. But regardless of who was on the floor for OKC, I bet Miami was closing the gap in the 2nd qtr either way. Youth vs experience. Sometimes youth wins…but more often than not..the experience and maturity is what ultimately makes it happen.

  • jesse

    It is a tough series for Kevin Durant. How do you play aggressive if you know your team needs you on the floor and every time you touch someone a foul is called? He isn’t rebounding because he has had about 4 fouls called from trying to get position. His aggression is gone because he is trying to play smart. People under estimate the damage that consistently bad officiating has on these guys. James has been called for 8 fouls this whole series and Durant has been called for 15. It is unconscionable the way this series has been officiated.

  • http://thahiphopcorner.com Kevin

    Kendrick Perkins was born unhappy. Dude always looks mad about something

  • R oliva

    Stop whining about the refs KD and company have had their fair shakes concerning calls, your problems dont come from the refs, OKC is wilting right before your very eye. They can’t defend without fouling, and now are finally feeling what suffocating defense really is westbrook has nothing to be ashamed of, but durrant does not rebound or defend (Chalmers got 26 points while durrant was suposed to cover him) anywhere near what lebron is doing right under your noses, the pressure is visibly wearing on them. First Ibaka’s delusional rant, Perkins stabbing his coach in the back and the lost and bewildered look on OKC faces at the end of three straight loses in tight games give the impression that the Thunder are done in Miami or OKC the Coronation is iminent and there is abosolutely nothing going to derail the heat express. For objective basketball fans can see calls have gone both ways and if your just flat out Lebron and Heat haters Sucks To Be YOU

  • gb

    Finally a player calling him out. As someone who has been to 95% of the Thunder home games, we’ve seen it time and time again. A role player will score five or six points, get hot, the next thing you know he is sitting on the bench not to appear anymore in the game, no matter what the score. This happens ALL the time and drives us (and the folks around us crazy) and we don’t understand it. Thunder won a lot because of the sheer talent, not because of the coaching. In the first few rounds of the playoffs Brooks was a lot better than during the season, we breathed a sigh of relief and thought, okay.. maybe he is getting better with the rotations,etc.. Then Miami came along and no one can figure out what is going through his mind. Sure, the players have to perform. .. . No doubt, but the coaching is driving us crazy and has been for a few years. Yeah, we know he was COY.. I’m just saying it’s the talent of the players that’s doing most of it. /rant

  • http://www.nba.com danfields

    he is right about what he said. brooks is adjusting to the heat too much. the thunder gotta show more confidence and make the heat adjust to them, not the other way round.