“Next game, they're going to try to make it tough for him,” Durant said of Westbrook. “They're going to send two or three guys at him so we got to make the right plays.”
Westbrook, sitting to shoulder-to-shoulder to Durant's right, shook his head in agreement, as if he already expects exactly that as well.
Houston's problem, one we assumed going into Game 1 but got our confirmation after those 30 electric minutes, is there isn't a single Rockets player who can come close to containing Westbrook.
In his playoff debut, Jeremy Lin was abysmal, scoring four points on 1-for-7 shooting. He had as many turnovers as assists (four) and more fouls (five) than anyone.
The only Rocket who looked to possess the relentlessness it takes to attempt to corral Westbrook was Patrick Beverley, a 2009 second-round pick who came in with 41 career games on his resume. Beverley actually picked Westbrook's pocket twice.
But it'll take much more than those two moments by Beverley for the Rockets to make this a series.
Because after Sunday night's blowout, the Rockets don't have a chance of seeing Westbrook take his foot off the gas.
“My job as the point guard for this team is to stay in attack mode,” Westbrook said.
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