I was pretty worried about the way the Rockets started the game out last night with a flurry of turnovers, wondering if there was some change in Oklahoma City’s coverage. Thus, I went back and watched all of the team’s first quarter turnovers.
Capela is basically wide open right under the rim, waiting for the dunk, but Harden lost it. Roberson stays at home, chasing him all the way to the basket, but that isn’t a departure from the Thunder’s normal coverage.
Similar sequence here, with Capela uncontested again, but Harden doesn’t lob it up as high as he normally would have, or as soon. Adams is able to swat the pass down.
And here, Capela just mishandles a pass he’s been catching all season.
The Rockets thankfully cleaned things up in the next three quarters, coming inches from the win. They’ll need to be more focused at the start of Game 4.