The Thunder came in doing things a bit differently and it worked for most of Game 2, until it didn't. The scariest aspect of the Rockets was put on display: if you're going to throw your best punch at them, you'd better get way out in front because they can catch up in a hurry.
The Bucks' new arena beside their current one summons easy metaphors for the endless skinny limbs of its starting lineup, which with its average age of 23.2 years also barely yet exists in the NBA.
No matter what the Knicks do, the plan has to be to put pieces around Kristaps Porzingis. With Carmelo Anthony likely on his way out, nothing matters more than the development of their new franchise centerpiece.
With Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade playing like a version of their prior selves, the Bulls all of a sudden have the familiar formula of playmakers and formidable role players around their superstar in Jimmy Butler.
As fallible as they looked in Game 1, the optics were even worse for the Celtics in Game 2 with time to adjust to the advantages the Bulls exploited in the series opener.