The NBA's best free-throw shooting team during the regular season can't hit the broad side of an Oklahoma oil derrick. Kevin Durant can't stay out of foul trouble. The Thunder are getting pole-axed in the paint.
This doesn't mean Brooks is supposed to get off cleanly after the way he mishandled his team's rotation in Game 3, especially in light of the news that Brooks and his representatives actually turned down a three-year and nearly $11 million contract extension as reported by Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski. Brooks has been criticized more than any other coach in this postseason, save for perhaps the oft-maligned Vinny Del Negro of the Los Angeles Clippers, and for good reason. And the man's work in sitting both Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook during the last five minutes of the third quarter leaves him more than open for us to pick things apart.
After Kevin Durant scored 36 points in the Thunder's Game 1 victory, James was tasked with the unenviable responsibility to defend Durant. Though the Heat won Games 2 and 3, Ibaka is not impressed.
"LeBron is not a good defender," Ibaka said Monday. "He can play defense for two to three minutes but not 48 minutes."