Thursday, May 9, 2013
Will Brooks stick with Perkins?
By Joe Kaiser
Oklahoma City's frontcourt has been outplayed badly in both of its first two games in the playoff series with Memphis, and Kendrick Perkins is the player taking the brunt of the criticism.
TrueHoop's Henry Abbott points out today that Nick Collison ranks among the playoffs' best with an adjusted plus/minus of plus-18, which begs the question of why OKC coach Scott Brooks continues to play Perkins more than Collison in such a critical series. And perhaps a bigger question: Will he continue to do so?
ESPN Insider Tom Haberstroh addressed that very issue today, writing that there's very little question of what Brooks should do.
Tom HaberstrohThe less Perkins plays, the better it is for OKC
"The bizarre fascination with Kendrick Perkins has to end. Here is Perkins' statline in this series: 58 minutes, six points, 13 rebounds, six turnovers, eight fouls, one block and 2-for-10 shooting. But the worst part? The Thunder are plus-14 with Perkins on the bench and minus-18 when he's on the floor. Same old story. He's on the roster to guard Gasol, but if he can't do that, he's essentially useless. If only Brooks could see it."