Russell Westbrook is the big, bold discussion that everyone seems to have an opinion on. Breaking down every decision he makes, critiquing each individual shot and even speculating on his mood is all the rage.
But kind of the indie, underground debate that really is much better and far more impactful and important is about the first five players that Scott Brooks sends out nightly.
It’s something that’s become painfully obvious through the first three games of this series: Kendrick Perkins doesn’t match up well with the Mavericks and more specifically, Tyson Chandler.
He can’t run the floor with him. He can’t jump and challenge him above the rim. Perk’s greatest contribution of solo coverage on a post scoring threat isn’t as valuable against a guy like Chandler. Against Nene? Perk was as important as any player on the roster. Same thing could be said against Marc Gasol.
Now though, he’s become more of a liability. The Thunder have a problem scoring at the start of every first and third quarter. And while last night the biggest culprit was downright awful shooting, there could be a larger issue at hand. The always brilliant John Hollinger makes the case: Keep Reading…