Should Thunder Start James Harden?
Scott Brooks can play it cool and do nothing. That’s certainly his right as coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder. He can show confidence in his team by making no major adjustments before Game 3 of the NBA Finals, even after the Thunder started Game 1 poorly and then started Game 2 atrociously. Panic? NBA champions don’t panic. Brooks could take that approach and draw up the same starting lineup for Game 3.
Or he could give his team the best possible chance at winning and put James Harden in the starting lineup.
I know, I know. James Harden is a super-sub. He’s so super, he was named the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year this season. Making him a starter Sunday night in Game 3 would be a concession that the Thunder’s starting five — which isn’t the Thunder’s best five — cannot play with the Heat’s best five. It would be tantamount to panicking.