After Saturday night’s game in San Antonio, it’s easy to want to overreact. For all intents and purposes, the Oklahoma City Thunder got absolutely destroyed in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinals game against the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs were up by 33 points at halftime, and completely dominated the game from start to finish.
OKC had a hard time stopping any of the Spurs on the defensive end, but perhaps most alarming long term was LaMarcus Aldridge’s 38 points as he hit an amazing 18-of-23 shots. Many pegged this series as Aldridge’s time to shine, some even going so far as to say this is why he was brought to San Antonio. It’s hard to argue the former after his stellar performance in Game 1.
Despite having a frontcourt that’s nothing to sneeze at, OKC simply didn’t have an answer for him. And if they don’t find one, and fast, OKC could be watching the remaining rounds of the playoffs from home.
Which leads to the big question. Will OKC be able to find an answer, or are they simply outmatched in this series?
Saying that OKC got outplayed in Game 1 is an understatement. They often looked like they weren’t mentally locked into the game as they fouled three point shooters several times throughout the night. Even so, it’s hard to say any team that has Durant and Westbrook is outmatched, and it’s not like the rest of the team’s roster is horrible, either. When they get going as a team, they can really cause problems, even for the Spurs.
It’s more likely that Game 1 was just one of those games where nothing seems to go right for a team. That’s not to take away from the Spurs’ victory, they played brilliantly, and if they continue to play like, they will likely have another short series.
If OKC is going to keep that from happening, they’ll need to find some answers. Whether they’ll be able to or not remains to be seen, but it wouldn’t be surprising if this series lasts much longer than many people likely expect after Game 1.