NBA Playoffs Panic Meter: State of Emergency for Game 1 Losers

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May 5, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) reacts to a call in action against the Los Angeles Clippers during the third quarter in game one of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

After Game 1 of the Conference Semifinals in the 2013-14 NBA playoffs, we’ve got four teams that have dug themselves a hole. How panicked should they be? Not all losses are created equal, which is why we’re going to tap into the NBA Playoffs Panic Meter.

The Oklahoma City Thunder, Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers and Brooklyn Nets will be tested on a scale from 1-10, with 10 being akin to impending doom. None of those teams looked good in their first games, so there’s sure to be more extreme panic than anything.

Let’s get started with the Thunder.


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  • Tyrone Bowman

    Ginobili had two points albeit on free throws. I disagree about Brooklyn’s panic meter at 10. The Nets came back from 3-2 down to defeat the Raptors and if they lose at Miami again tomorrow, then the panic meter is 8 or higher.

    • Michael Dunlap

      I understand your point of view, but the Raptors are no Miami Heat. Not even close.

  • Tyrone Bowman

    I’d be more surprised to see Portland win tonight than Brooklyn. Experience matters a lot. Just look at Dallas hanging tough with San Antonio. As much as people keep saying too much basketball is going to be the Spurs’ demise the same has to be said for Miami. Eventually playing 100 games every year is going to take its toll. The Nets also played about 50 games this season lol so they should have a lot in the tank.