The start of the NBA playoffs means the start of knee-jerk reactions. While all seem to derive from being a prisoner of the moment, one reaction has been a constant for the last three years: the firing of Scott Brook’s.
This time it’s Russell Westbrook’s brother who thinks the head coach’s time at Oklahoma City should be up due to his inability to create a proper offense around Westbrook and Kevin Durant.
Westbrook’s brother has no sway when it comes to Scott Brook’s job stability, but seeing this tweeted isn’t a good look for him as everyone is thinking it. Tonight, Brook’s once again failed to make things easy for his two superstars, forcing several isolation plays instead of running pet sets to keep the ball movement and Memphis’ defense on it’s toes.
Combined, Durant and Westbrook scored 60 points, but it came on a tumultuous 53 shots. Of those 53 shots, 21 came from behind the arch with only four of those threes, all made by Russell Westbrook. Outside of the big 2, only Serge Ibaka finishes with double-digit points (12) and the bench was once again outplayed by Memphis.
In the regular season, Brooks’ free-lance system will allow them to get by, but against a disciplined team like the Grizzlies who have the personnel to matchup with the club, they’ll need a more concentrated attack to keep the offense afloat.
Down 1-2, if the Thunder get upset by the seventh seed Grizzlies, Russell Westbrook’s brother won’t be the only one calling for Scot Brooks’ job.