(Why this picture? Because KD does this before every game — home or road — and it’s just so awesome.)
I have no way to actually know this, but I bet Scott Brooks walked into the locker room at the half, looked at his team, didn’t say a word and simply flipped on a TV. Everyone knew after the poor defensive first half with pathetic rebounding mixed in that Sir Charles Barkley was going to be on the warpath beating on the Thunder. All Brooks really needed to do to motivate and get the attention of his guys was let them listen to Barkley say how bad they were.
I don’t know if that’s what happened, but whatever Brooks did or said, it worked. He got the attention of his team as the Thunder allowed just 40 points in the second half and held the Mavericks to under 40 percent shooting en route to a nice 99-95 win.
And that’s what it was. A nice win. Not a great win. Not a statement win. Just nice. Because let’s be honest here. While this was the very good Mavs, this wasn’t the Mavs. A win is a win and stopping a losing streak at two is terrific, but this was against a wounded dog. It was clear in the second half that Dallas just didn’t really have options while OKC could look to Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Jeff Green and Serge Ibaka for points. Keep Reading…