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By Andrew P. Napolitano
Obama's veil of secrecy is pierced
Topic - Scott Brooks
A year ago, Memphis blew past Oklahoma City in the Western Conference semifinals.
The way Anthony Davis blossomed into an All-Star before he'd even turned 21 provided the Pelicans with hope for the future during an otherwise bleak season.
With Kevin Durant on the bench to start the fourth quarter, his Oklahoma City Thunder teammates put together a run that helped end one of the most impressive scoring streaks in NBA history.
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook is sitting out against the Sacramento Kings to rest his surgically repaired right knee.
The individual accomplishments are all well and good to Kevin Durant.
Thunder coach Scott Brooks joked during pregame that he didn't like what he saw from Kyrie Irving at the All-Star game. Brooks coached the West and watched as Irving led the East to a comeback win on his way to earning MVP honors.
The Miami Heat had plenty of trouble with the Oklahoma City Thunder last time the teams met.
Once the All-Star rosters had been named, Scott Brooks could get to work.
Oklahoma City's Reggie Jackson has stepped in for the injured Russell Westbrook, and the Thunder have continued to roll.
The Oklahoma City Thunder became familiar with Memphis' grind-it-out defensive style while losing to the Grizzlies during last season's NBA playoffs.
Finally, somebody stopped Kevin Durant: his coach.
Oklahoma City's Scott Brooks has earned his second All-Star coaching assignment.
With both Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook sitting out for the first time since the franchise set up shop in Oklahoma City, the Thunder needed about a half to figure things out.
Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant, the NBA's leading scorer, was scratched from Friday night's lineup against the Boston Celtics because of a right shoulder injury.
Teams are finding out there's little they can do to stop Kevin Durant.
"If we don't have good setups and good screens, it's going to bog down and it's going to be tough shots at the end of the shot clock," Brooks said.
"We missed some shots that we could make," Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said. "Give them (Memphis) some credit. They did a good job of putting their hands on us and we didn't free ourselves up enough. I thought in the second half, our defense and offense gave us a chance. Unfortunately, we didn't make a couple of key plays down the stretch."