rry for using a cat analogy in light of that halftime show. That was some incredible talent display. It was too much for the crew on TNT & they kept "dogging" Chuck about his pups not having a glimpse of that ability. Kevin Martin may as well not even exist to ESPN. I know the brighter spotlight in this sub-plot is on Harden's exile but Martin is facing some old teammates, too. That motivation gives a guy confidence & what better way to get your playoff run started. His fg% aside, once his rhythm got going the shot was there. Late game he hit a silly baseline fade away falling into flashing photos. Shortly after, he splashed in a set shot for 3 like it was his backyard. But I'm shocked he bricked the Defensive "3-secs" technical free throw. Let's see who takes the next one but something tells me KD is not going to be nice about it & demand the duty. The offense looks beautiful when run through Serge. Fundamental ball w/ Westbrook & Ibaka is lethal. His defense benefits so much from his offensive success. He's running the floor relentlessly. Lots of P. Jones III comparisons to Durant but if the kid studied Serge's game there's quite a bit he could use. I wanted the Lakers matchup because that rivalry supersedes one with Houston to me. Maybe I'm in a small category but I grew up a Sonics fan & the rivalry with Los Angeles has been around longer than Kobe Bryant. However, the presence of Harden truly prevents any lack of focus for OKC & that's invaluable. This has to be part of Presti's design. Those eyeglasses have secret foresight abilities. Game 2...29pts only spells a "W" once. Thunder up.