(1) No lead is safe/bench woes
Stop me if you’ve heard this before: The Thunder outscored the Rockets when Russell Westbrook was on the floor, but lost the game when he rested.
Westbrook finished at +14 in his 39 minutes, but the bench was a -40 and again looked completely lost against the Houston offense. Norris Cole was -18 in his 9 minutes, Enes Kanter was a -9 in his 8 minutes, and Jerami Grant — the only reserve I was pleased with — made an absolutely awful basketball decision in giving up an and-1 to Nene late in the game. It was that kind of day for the bench.