NBA Finals 2012, Heat Vs. Thunder Game 3: Scott Brooks Not Changing Starting Lineup

On Saturday, Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook told the media he wasn't going to make "no adjustments" after a dismal Game 2.

Sunday, while briefly addressing the media before Game 3 of the 2012 NBA Finals, Thunder head coach Scott Brooks ostensibly said the same thing.

"It hasn't even crossed my mind to change the starting lineup," said Brooks when asked if he would shake up his team's starting lineup. "We're pretty good."

While maybe not a real story -- instead simply someting conjured up my media members needing to file stories and fill air time for two off days -- some have wondered if now would be a good time to insert James Harden into the starting lineup and bring Kendrick Perkins off the bench.

On one hand, the Heat have outscored the Thunder by 18 points during the 2012 NBA Finals when Perkins is on the floor. On the other is the argument of team chemistry; Brooks has started the same five players during the entire 2012 NBA Playoffs and the Thunder have won 13 of 17 playoff games.

Regardless of who wins or loses Sunday's game, if the Thunder do get off to another slow start, the argument to sit an offensively challenged Perkins for a top scorer in Harden could be a bit easier to make.

Follow all the Game 3 action with our NBA Finals 2012: Thunder vs. Heat StoryStream. For the latest fan perspective, check out our Heat blog, Peninsula is Mightier.

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