For the first time since Game 1, Brooks gave Steven Adams extended minutes.
And the rookie responded, blocking five shots in his 20 minutes. He now has 10 blocks in 41 minutes this series.
“Those two guys,” Brooks said, lumping in Kendrick Perkins, “their presence down low was a major, major reason why we won this game.”
Perkins finished with six points and seven rebounds, continuing his strong series.
STAT OF THE NIGHT
The Thunder has 51 blocks in this series. The Grizzlies have 16.
ANDRE ROBERSON’S HOME BURGLARIZED
During Game 3 of the Thunder-Grizzlies series in Memphis, rookie guard Andre Roberson had his house burglarized back in Oklahoma City, according to TMZ.
Roberson had an official Oklahoma City Thunder backpack and an Xbox stolen by the burglar, according to police documents obtained by the website.
Game 7 is on Saturday in Oklahoma City. If the Clippers closed out their series with the Warriors late Thursday night, then Thunder-Grizzlies will tip at 8:30 p.m. If the Warriors-Clippers Game 7 is needed, the Thunder-Grizzlies Game 7 will tip at 7.
“We have a great building,” Brooks said of having Game 7 in OKC. “Everybody knows that. Everybody comes into our city knowing that we have the best building in the league. Does it mean anything? It means that it’s going to be loud and crazy in there, but we still gotta play with the same type of fearless approach on the defensive end that creates offensive opportunities for us.”