Oklahoma City Thunder: What's going on with Thabo Sefolosha?

In a contract year, Sefolosha’s shooting percentages have fallen, and his typically reliable defense hasn’t been the same.
by Anthony Slater Published: May 24, 2014

“They know what they like to give up and what they don't want to give up,” Sefolosha said. “They try to play to your strengths and weaknesses.”

But Sefolosha’s offense hasn’t been the only problem. Typically reliable on defense, Sefolosha was one of the Thunder’s many turnstiles in the first two games.

Guarding both Tony Parker and Danny Green, Sefolosha hasn’t been able to contain either. Parker got to the basket at will and Green sprung open for far too many uncontested looks, free to can 11 of his 15 3-pointers in the first two games. In 47 attempts, Sefolsoha has only hit 11 threes since the All-Star Break.

“You see some shots fall in (practice) and you feel confident again about it,” Sefolosha said of his slump. “You can't think about it too much.”

Out of desperation in the first round, down 3-2 to Memphis, Brooks pulled the plug on Sefolosha, benching him in favor of Caron Butler for the final two games. After Saturday’s practice, once again in desperation mode, Brooks sounded like a coach preparing to alter his starting lineup.

So this time, the struggling Sefolosha could be at the other end of an in-series adjustment against the Spurs. And it’s not far-fetched to think that the soon-to-be free agent may have already played his final minutes for the Thunder.

But if Brooks goes back to the well, if he starts Sefolosha again on Sunday and if the Thunder has any chance of turning this thing around, they’ll need Thabo to figure things out.

Maybe not the Sefolosha from Game 3 of the 2012 Conference Finals. But anything remotely resembling his old form would be a welcome sight.

by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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