He shot 31 percent from three in the regular season and has been worse in the playoffs, making only 6-of-22 (27 percent). And on the defensive end, he’s been uncharacteristically exposed.
Sefolosha’s two primary targets, the red-hot Green and the slippery Tony Parker, were the Spurs two leading scorers on Wednesday. He lost Green on a few long-range daggers and Parker on a few drives.
“I don’t quite know,” Sefolosha said, talking about Green’s barrage of threes. “You know, I think we made an emphasis on not giving up too many points inside. And that’s how he got a lot of them on rotation, just being a little too slow.”
Because of his struggles, Sefolosha has been limited to only 26 minutes in two games. On Wednesday, he played the first seven minutes of the first half before getting pulled until the break. Then, after three ineffective minutes to start the second half, he was pulled for good.
And now the Thunder is desperate, backs against the wall against a potent Spurs team. The last time that was the case for Brooks – down 3-2 to the Grizzlies in Memphis – he pulled Sefolosha from the starting lineup, saying he needed more offense.
This time, will Brooks pull the trigger again? We’ll know Sunday. But a 37-0 point disparity at the starting shooting guard spot likely calls for some examination.