The Thunder easily beat the Rockets in game one of their first round matchup 121-91. Game one is always a big game in the playoffs and the Thunder came up big setting the tone for the rest of the series.
Kevin Durant- 34 minutes, 24 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists- B
Durant just had a ‘Durant’ game. He played solid, playing in the flow of the game and made plays when he had to. Durant also was very good on the defensive end as he played the ‘four’ spot for a majority of the game, and he was great banging with the big boys on the inside.
Russell Westbrook- 30 minutes, 19 points, 10 assists, 8 rebounds- A-
Westbrook had a very good game energy wise, and in playoff games like this, that is huge. Westbrook set the tone early with his energy on the offensive and defensive end, and I think the Thunder just fed off of that for the rest of the contest. Westbrook was of course great at attacking the basket and finishing, but he also played a very well rounded offensive game as he finished with 10 assists.
Serge Ibaka- 27 minutes, 17 points 7 rebounds, 3 blocks- A
Serge played really well last night. He was a monster around the rim with three amazing blocks, and he had one on James Harden that electrified the crowd. Ibaka was solid on the offensive end as well finishing with 17 points on only 7/11 shooting. He had a couple of good offensive rebounds and he knocked down a big three point shot in that decisive third quarter.
Kevin Martin- 26 minutes, 16 points, 5 rebounds, 1 block- C+
I don’t think Martin had a very good game at all. He struggled to shoot the ball on offense as he missed 10 of 15 shots, and was his usual self on defense. The Thunder are going to need Martin to play much better offensively if they want to advance deep into the playoffs. Martin is huge in terms of taking pressure off of KD and Westbrook, and against better teams he will have to show up.
Kendrick Perkins- 19 minutes, 4 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals- C+
Perkins was pretty much a non factor in this Thunder win. Perk is more suited to be playing against bigger teams like the Lakers or the Spurs. He is always a non factor offensively, but he wasn’t effective on offense or defense in this win. I don’t blame him at all, because the Rockets are just the type of team that doesn’t require Perk to have a big game.
Thabo Sefolosha- 24 minutes, 9 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists- B
Thabo was solid on defense as he usually is, and he hit a couple of shots on offense. This is pretty much what the Thunder want him to do, and he did it just fine in this win.
Nick Collison- 19 minutes, 8 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists- B-
I don’t know the exact word to describe the type of player Collison is, but he is maybe the most underrated part of the Thunder team. He plays great defense, he is a total team player on offense, and he is sort of the gel of this team. Eight points, five boards and four assists perfectly fits Collisons whole player profile. Very solid, and very important.
Reggie Jackson- 23 minutes, 9 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists- B-
Jackson was very good in this game, finishing with a solid 9 points and 4 assists. No big mistakes for Jackson, and that is important for him in his first playoff appearance.
Derek Fisher- 12 minutes, 9 points, 1 assists- A
Fisher hit three big three pointers in this game, and that is why he is here in OKC. He is here to hit big postseason shots and he started perfectly in game one of this series.
Scott Brooks- B+
No big lineup blunders in this one, Brooks took his starters out and put his bench in at the right time. His players took care of this game for the most part. Hard to give Brooks a bad grade when his team wins by 29 points.