Thunder Look for Consistency from Bench
“More stops. More baskets,” Jackson said.
Oklahoma City’s bench thus far has struggled to supply either on a consistent basis.
There are games like Tuesday’s, when the reserves scored 25 points and were a key reason why the Thunder throttled the Clippers 109-97 inside Staples Center. Then there are games like Sunday’s, when OKC’s second unit scored 18 points, all by sixth man Kevin Martin, and does the Thunder no favors in a three point overtime loss at Denver.
“It used to be we’d extend leads every time, or make a run,” said Nick Collison. “This year it’s been up and down. So we got to get that consistency back with our second group.”
“The main thing is just about finding other ways you can help because it’s not always about the points,” said Martin. “You got to get rebounds, make plays and do the little things. I think that’s something that our second unit has been able to do … So it’s not necessarily about bench scoring as long as you’ve got people that are effective.