Although Game 1 may have lacked the drama that fans and the NBA betting community were hoping for, the first-round clash between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets still stands to be among the most entertaining of the conference quarterfinals: The series marks the reunion of Rockets guard James Harden and his former OKC teammates.
In Harden’s first postseason appearance since departing OKC, the shots weren’t exactly falling – at least not at the prolific rate they seemed to be over the course of the majority of the 2012-13 NBA campaign when the bearded one made Houston basketball relevant again. However that’s not to say that they won’t heading forward.
It was Harden’s hot hand that gave the Rockets 250/1 odds of winning the NBA championship in the first place, after all.
Limited by the defensively gifted Thunder on Sunday night, Harden will have to find new ways to keep his club in contention over the course of the seven-game series. After averaging 29.3 points per game in three games against Oklahoma City, he managed just 20 points on 6-19 shooting in the 29-point loss.