Countering Coach Kobe

Thursday, May 26th 2011, 1:22 pm
By: News On 6

Originally Published: Apr 29, 2010 9:23 AM CDT

The best coaching move of the Thunder-Lakers series to this point was not OKC&rsquo;s Scott Brooks assigning Kevin Durant to guard Kobe Bryant in the fourth quarter of game three.&#160; </P>It was not Los Angeles&rsquo; Phil Jackson&rsquo;s decision to pound the ball to his big men in game five resulting in a 58-26 advantage in points in the paint.</P>It was coach Kobe Bryant telling Jackson that he wanted the challenge of covering Thunder guard Russell Westbrook in game five.</P>Westbrooks size and speed had been too much for Derek Fisher to handle and Jackson had been too stubborn to give someone else a chance at stopping Westbrook.</P>Now the Thunder must find a way to counter Coach Kobe&rsquo;s move.&#160; Find a way to get Westbrook in the open floor and down the lane to create for teammates.&#160; If not, there will be no game seven in L.A.</P>Stat of the series:&#160; Jeff Green FG&rsquo;s 17 of 58.&#160; 29%.&#160; I&rsquo;ll bet he&rsquo;s better than that Friday.</P><BR/>