NBA Playoffs 2013: OKC Thunder vs. Houston Rockets Game 2 Preview

Apr 21, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Houston Rockets forward Greg Smith (4) handles the ball against Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) in the second half during game one of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

After two days off, the Oklahoma City Thunder are set to host the Houston Rockets in Game 2 of their first round series.

The Thunder completely dominated the Rockets in Game 1 winning 120-91. The Thunder shot 53 percent from the field in the game and seemingly got whatever they wanted on offense.

James Harden was held to 20 points on 6-of-19 shooting. He was the only Houston starter in double-figures.

Kevin Durant finished with an easy 24 points while Russell Westbrook had 19 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds. KD and Russ both went 7-for-15 from the field.

Westbrook was huge simply putting a ton of pressure on the Houston defense. Any chance he got, Westbrook would drive right at Jeremy Lin and make a play. The Rockets defense simply could not handle him.

Lin really struggled for Houston shooting just 1-for-7 from the field and scoring only four points. Lin turned the ball over a few times early in the game as he just didn’t seem ready for the speed of the playoffs.

Serge Ibaka really came up big for the Thunder aggressively looking for his shot from the start. He went on to score 17 points along with seven rebounds and three blocks.

It will be interesting to see if Houston tries to take away Ibaka going forward in this series. If they do, it will only open up more driving lanes for Westbrook.

We saw in Game 1 just how bad of a matchup this is for the Rockets. The Thunder can play at any pace Houston desires and do so better.

The Rockets will need to commit more to small lineups and hope to shoot lights out from three to stick with the Thunder the rest of the series.

Tonight’s game will tip at 6 p.m. CST and air nationally on TNT.

Topics: Houston Rockets, NBA Playoffs, Oklahoma City Thunder

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  • eriksuperman

    You’re right; the Thunder can do anything the rockets do,
    better. even WITH that crazy rally last night, coupled with a missed
    Durant free-throw, the Rockets came up just a bit short. Maybe home court
    advantage can give them that extra nudge toward a win over the next few games,
    but I don’t see this going more than 5 games. I saw a bit of the game on
    the TVs here at work, and when my shift at DISH was over I flipped on the iPad
    and watched live action on the bus rode home. I have the DISH Anywhere
    app that lets me take my live TV and DVR wherever I go; I was NOT expecting it
    to be this close in the end, but good teams just find ways to win close games!

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