Thunder coach Scott Brooks said he currently has no plans to insert Kevin Martin into the starting lineup but left the door open for that to change down the line.
"At this moment, no, I don't see it changing," Brooks said. "You never know. It's a long season. A lot of things can happen. But we have a pretty good track record with our starters. They understand their role and they do a good job. Kevin, we're building him to be that guy off the bench that can give us what we need that particular game."
Brooks for the first time this season on Friday altered his substitution pattern slightly, subbing out Kevin Durant late in the first quarter before bringing him back to start the second quarter. It's since become a change designed at getting more productivity from the second unit.
But Brooks said an all-out change to the rotation is unwarranted.
"You can change things up without being so drastic," Brooks said. "That's what we've done in the past. We're likely to do that now with different matchups. But Kevin (Martin) obviously has been a starter in this league for a lot of years and this is an adjustment. I think he's doing a great job of making that adjustment. But his minutes are not going to be too far from being starter minutes."
Kevin Martin will remain the sixth man for now
The Oklahoman | Nov 19