The Oklahoma City Thunder proved to be the better team in Game 1 of their series with the Houston Rockets. The speed, explosiveness and shooting ability of the Thunder is simply too much for the Rockets to handle — at least when the Thunder play to their capabilities.
With that said, adjustments will be made by the Rockets after being humiliated in Sunday night’s game. Any team with a backbone will have the pride to pick themselves off the ground and fight again. If Thunder fans believe that the series with the Rockets is over, then they could not be any more wrong.
If I’m Kevin McHale, wouldn’t mind if I lost this one by 25, let OKC bask and flex and hope to hit some shots vs overconfident OKC, steal G2
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) April 22, 2013
Yes, James Harden was held in check to some degree Sunday night, but how much will that continue? Harden has already beaten the Thunder before just by himself. It is scary to think what would happen if other Rockets players started getting hot and helped Harden out a bit.
The Thunder cannot afford to be complacent in the next game with the Rockets. Sure, they played vey well in Game 1, but playing well for 48 minutes only gets you a single win. A series is not won until one team wins four games.
Not to mention, the good that was achieved in game 1 for the Thunder could totally be wiped away if they are to lose their next game. The playoffs is a roller coaster ride. The Thunder started off perfectly, but there will be plenty of ups and downs ahead if the Thunder are going to make a run to the NBA Finals.