wait...you mean harden has trouble impacting the game when it's not whistle city? who could have guessed?
and yes, two things are apparent: scott brooks isn't much of a strategist and kd has difficulty creating offense as the sole option--he's not quick or strong enough with the ball. they miss westbrook a ton.
chandler parsons is good for what they do, but i'm not so sure he could replicate these results in any other system. he's not much of a halfcourt player, nor is he a defender, nor is he a pure shooter (that shot's ugly). when he's forced to put the ball on the floor, things get shaky. when he's forced to pass off the dribble, things go terribly wrong. McHale hasn't gotten enough credit for making flawed players look good this year. i'm sure it bothers him to be employing this gimmick scheme, but it's the only thing that works with that undersized and undertalented roster. that said, if westbrook was playing, this would already be over, and it would have more closely resembled the lakers/spurs series.
finally: i know the announcers went nuts saying that asik didn't foul on that last attempt (and maybe technically, he didn't), but man, if that's not reggie jackson on the road, that's a whistle every time. harden gets that call when the defender is moving away from him.