But the dreadful offense isn’t even the biggest issue for OKC’s second-unit. Its defense has been torched the past two games.
Beno Udrih has gone from third string to sudden star, backing up his out-of-nowhere 14 points in 14 minutes during Game 2 with 12 points in 14 more on Thursday.
He had 21 points the final 20 games of the regular season. He has 26 the past eight quarters.
“Beno’s been awesome for us,” Brooks said.
And then, of course, there’s Allen.
The Grizzlies high-energy reserve has arguably been the best player on the floor the past two games, disrupting the Thunder’s offensive flow and providing Memphis with a surprising punch on the other end.
He had 16 points on 8-of-15 shooting Thursday night. That’s more than the Thunder’s entire bench.
That’s a problem.
“I believe in our guys,” Brooks said. “They’re going to play much better. They’re going to get opportunities Saturday night.”