Thunder Need To Go Small

Here’s the problem with the Thunder’s start: their defense is all out of sorts because of the Heat’s own defensive matchups. When the Thunder miss, they’re having a lot of problems matching up in transition, leaving three-point shooters wide open behind the line. This is an issue.

The obvious solution is to take Kendrick Perkins out and go small, with Serge Ibaka as the only big man. Ibaka can defend Udonis Haslem and stay near the hoop instead of having to chase around Battier. Instead, Scott Brooks took Ibaka out and replaced him with Nick Collison. I’m confused too.

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