So the Thunder lost Game 1. As a result, everyone promptly freaked. More silly discussions about Russell Westbrook, people wondering if the series is over and on and on.
It happens. When you lose a game in the playoffs, especially Game 1 at home, it happens. Everything is maginified and amplified in the postseason. Questionable shots become horrible shots, forced passes become disastrous turnovers and small critiques and questions become massive doubts and overreactions.
Again, it happens. One loss puts you closer to four, which means you’re out. The playoffs present scary, tense moments. And this fanbase is largely unfamiliar with all this. Thunder fans have only had one previous playoff venture and that one was all gravy. Didn’t matter if OKC was swept, it was party and everyone was happy. This trip is different.
The Thunder did three very important things badly yesterday: They didn’t protect the paint, they didn’t rebound and they didn’t take care of the ball. Adding a fourth, they didn’t take the ball either. Keep Reading…