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Reggie Miller defends Oklahoma City Thunder coach after playoff defeat

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The Oklahoma City Thunder fell to a defeat in the first game of their Western Conference Finals matchup against the San Antonio Spurs and coach Scott Brooks has come under criticism following the loss.

Brooks has been blasted on a number of occasions this season for failing to make adjustments in big games despite having the MVP of the league, Kevin Durant.

However NBA Hall of Famer, Reggie Miller has come to Brooks' defense during a conference call with media earlier today.

Miller said: "Everyone wants to knock Scott Brooks, last time I checked they were in three out of four conference finals, to me I think that's a pretty good job. Now granted he's got two of the top 10 players in the league but it still says something... It's a young team and to make three out of four conference finals, I think he's done a phenomenal job."

The Thunder were dealt a serious disadvantage in the matchup against the Spurs with the absence of key player, Serge Ibaka. However, many analysts believed that Brooks should have found a way to stem the bleeding during the game one blowout.

However, Miller is clearly not among that school of thinking and stands by one of the more successful coaches in the last few years.

In reality, Brooks still has a number of games to find a way to beat the Spurs without Ibaka and dropping the first game in San Antonio will only become a big deal if no changes are made going forward.

Should the Thunder play big against the Spurs and attempt to bully Greg Popovich's team inside? Or can they outscore them from the perimeter with a smaller lineup? These are the questions that Brooks will need to address if he is to get off the coaching hot seat in Oklahoma City.

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