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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