OKC Coach Billy Donovan Appears to Say 'Can't Play Kanter' on Bench vs. Rockets

Thomas Duffy@@TJDhoopsFeatured ColumnistApril 17, 2017

During the fourth quarter of Sunday's Game 1 beatdown at the hands of the Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Billy Donovan seemed frustrated with big man Enes Kanter.

After the 6โ€™11โ€ big man got beat for a Clint Capella alley-oop, Donovan appeared to tell assistant Mo Cheeks that he "can't play Kanter," as NBA writer Jared Dubin noted on Twitter.

Kanter, a Sixth Man of the Year candidate, excels in rebounding and scoring around the rim. His defense, however, is questionable at best.

Kanter finished with eight points and three boards in 16 minutes. He was a minus-10 in the 118-87 defeat.ย 

[Twitter]

Related

    Giannis Wins NBA MVP ๐Ÿ†

    ๐Ÿ“ 27.7 PPG | 12.5 RPG | 5.9 APG ๐ŸฆŒ 1st Buck to win since Kareem ๐Ÿฅˆ Beat Harden and Paul George

    NBA logo
    NBA

    Giannis Wins NBA MVP ๐Ÿ†

    ๐Ÿ“ 27.7 PPG | 12.5 RPG | 5.9 APG ๐ŸฆŒ 1st Buck to win since Kareem ๐Ÿฅˆ Beat Harden and Paul George

    Timothy Rapp
    via Bleacher Report

    Giannis Beats Harden by 55 1st-Place Votes

    NBA logo
    NBA

    Giannis Beats Harden by 55 1st-Place Votes

    Megan Armstrong
    via Bleacher Report

    Updated NBA Free-Agency Predictions ๐Ÿ”ฎ

    Picking where top stars will sign based on the latest rumors

    NBA logo
    NBA

    Updated NBA Free-Agency Predictions ๐Ÿ”ฎ

    Picking where top stars will sign based on the latest rumors

    Greg Swartz
    via Bleacher Report

    Luka Doncic Wins Rookie of the Year ๐Ÿ†

    NBA logo
    NBA

    Luka Doncic Wins Rookie of the Year ๐Ÿ†

    Tim Daniels
    via Bleacher Report