Houston Rockets: B-
Houston's bench was really just Aaron Brooks.
Greg Smith logged 10 minutes, hit his only shot, grabbed two rebounds and forced a steal. Kevin McHale didn't seem like he could afford to play him any more. He needed Omer Asik in the game, and Smith can't stretch the floor the way Chandler Parsons can.
Brooks hit just four of his 11 shots, but he really helped set the tone in the second half. He even had some (gasp) solid defensive sets.
Brooks definitely needed to pass more (that's always been an issue of his), but he dropped a few sweet dimes when running points. He finished with 10 points, three assists and three rebounds.
Who needs a deep bench when you can get 29 combined minutes from Brooks and Smith? Not the Rockets. At least, not in this one.
Oklahoma City Thunder: B
Nick Collison was beyond active in just seven minutes of action. He had six points, two rebounds and two blocks. My question: Why did he only play just seven minutes?
I get that he won't match up well with the Rockets since they play small, but still, the way the Thunder defended, they could have used him.
DeAndre Liggins provided 18 minutes of solid defense (one block), which is more than we can say for most of his teammates. He did a nice job reading first steps, fighting over screens and frustrating shots (just not James Harden's).
The catch? Liggins remains an offensive liability. He was just 1-of-4 from the field and forces the Thunder to play four-on-five.
Derek Fisher was just 2-of-6 from the field for eight points. The crowd was clearly waiting for him to catch fire from deep, but he never did (2-of-5).
Surprisingly, Oklahoma City's bench performance was one of the few bright spots in this one.