Despite Westbrook’s 47 point effort Thunder drop game 5 to Rockets
James Harden helped power the Houston Rockets with 34 points as they defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 105-99, and win the series 4-1. The Rockets advance to round 2, but not without being pushed. The first four games were decided by two possessions or less. Ultimately, at the end, this series proved that no matter how many triple-doubles, how many points you score, a supporting cast is more important than having another superstar.
Unfortunately for the Thunder’s young stud Russell Westbrook and his supporting cast simply couldn’t capitalize on the opportunities they were presented, especially in Game 4. This series could easily have been 2-2 going into game 5, but the Thunder relied heavily on Westbrook and ultimately not working together as a team came back to haunt them as they were snake bitten late in games.
For the Rockets they can’t be feeling to good about themselves being that on paper they’re way more of a well equipped team to make a deep run into the playoffs and the Thunder gave them problems through all five games. Now that they await the winner between the Spurs/Grizzlies series Houston looks to clean up the defensive end of the ball, and look to get some much-needed rest.
This off-season will definitely be interesting in seeing what OKC’s management does to bring Westbrook some help, and as for the Rockets they now have to game plan how to stop a relentless Kawhi Leonard. Leonard will stop at nothing offensively and defensively when it comes to keeping his team in it, or the ferocious Memphis Grizzlies who are proving that they have every right in advancing to round 2, and are noticeably playing with a chip on their shoulder. Houston has to be hoping that the Spurs and Grizzlies goes a full seven games at this point.