thats why i wanted to see the full 4th quarter again, i dont remember when and how timeouts were used
from what i remember half the damage (how clippers scored) was done on cp3 pick and rolls and the other half fast break layups
brooks should have told his players to get back on D rather than ball watch after the shot expecting an O rebound
KD's turnovers were 100% him, you cant really fix that with coaching other than telling him to calm down or something and both turnovers resulted in fastbreak layups
the coach can be blamed in all losses but its lazy to put all the blame on scott brooks and ignore that the players played poorly in the 4th quarter, nt seems to love to blame coaches for everything bad that happens to their teams
spo has improved as a coach but the jump from 11 to 12 was largely due to lebron changing his mentality. nothing comes easy in the nba, you cant just have more talent than everyone else and cruse to a championship. you have to come out ready to kill and earn it. jordan had to figure out how to efficiently use is talent, kobe did to after shaq left and he had his do it on my own phase. in both cases jackson showed them the way. lebron figured it out after moving to miami, and KD has yet to do so. maybe he needs a coach to push the right buttons before he can figure it out. but i didnt blame coaching for kobe falling short, or lebron falling short so im not going to blame coaching for when kd doesnt get it done.
while shaq throws stupid numbers out he has the right mentality when it comes to being an all time great, you have to just take it upon yourself and go out and dominate, no excuses. dwight dominated the blazers by doing exactly what shaq had been asking him to do, run down to the block, demand the ball and do work. he did and he started looking like a top 3 player again.
when you think you're the best player in the world (im sure kd does) then you have to trust your ability and just go out and dominate. let the coach worry about all the other stuff going on around you, but you as the #1 guy should be trying to make plays for your team, no excuses.
I can't speak for everyone but this is why Brooks is to blame. He's often got the wrong lineup on the floor. He's got plenty of talent on the bench to do what needs to be done; this was evident when Russell was out for surgery and Okc never skipped a beat, played better IMO defensively, offensively, and efficiently. He's got talent not being utilized and that is 100% his fault. You expect the guys on the bench that should be in at certain times to check themselves in when they see the mismatch etc and Brooks doesn't. This coach being irrelevant talk I can see when we are talking about clear player errors and that not being a coaches fault, but to outright dismiss the importance of any Coach period, dude that's crazy. Go to work tomorrow and tell your boss that you and his employees know how to do your job, and that he should shove off, see what happens.
clippers didnt skip a beat when cp3 was out either, regular season games are regular season games. but a major reason why okc played well without westbrook is because KD was putting up more shots and went on his 35 ppg january run (might have that number wrong). at the start of the season i said kd needs to stop being a pushover and shoot the ball more, westbrook goes out and he starts dominating. westbrook comes back and hes back to being the second option. you can say brooks should handle the two star dynamic better but i think its on kd to speak up and demand the ball more. its how i felt about lebron and would feel the same way about kobe whenever he does something wrong. coaches play a huge role in the NBA but its also on the players to think for themselves and make the most out of their situations