OKLAHOMA CITY When Oklahoma City lost to Memphis Wednesday night, coach Scott Brooks was quick to say the effort was good from his team.
Effort isn't the issue, the Thunder have proven that with its recent five-game winning streak against some of the league's least-interesting teams.
The issue is the bench. What should be a strong point for Oklahoma City is more of a question mark. What should have been a mismatch Wednesday against Memphis, wasn't. The Thunder bench got worked by Quincy Pondexter, Wayne Ellington and Jerryd Bayless. Overall, the Thunder bench was outscored 31-13 by the Grizzlies bench.
Gone is James Harden, who will likely be a recurring topic of conversation throughout the year, but Kevin Martin has filled in more than admirably so far. Past that, things are sketchy.
Brooks has yet to put his trust into anyone but Martin and has yet to settle on a rotation. That got the Thunder burned Wednesday against Memphis, particularly in the second quarter w...