Only April fools thought the Rockets could slip into Oklahoma City on Sunday night and sneak away with a victory in Game one of their playoff series.

A well-rested Thunder playing at home against a team that it is significantly better than, wasn’t about to be caught slipping to start what they hope is a run to the NBA championship.

After losing in the Finals last year, OKC is a confident bunch. The only way they could lose to Houston is to have a bad night on the same evening the Rockets have a good one.

For the Rockets, playing well won’t be enough. OKC is simply too good.

For the Rockets to even have a chance at winning a game or two, they need to do almost everything better than they did tonight.

• Jeremy Lin needs to settle down. He looked shaky, made poor decisions and couldn’t make a shot. Lin can’t make just 1-of-7 shots (0-for-4 on 3s) in 33 minutes unless he is running the offense to perfection and setting others up, which he wasn’t.

• James Harden has to play like a superstar, especially when his teammates aren’t playing well. The Rockets look to him to deliver and his getting off to a slow start and not playing an efficient offensive game overall, is too much for this team to overcome. He has struggled of late, and his injured foot hasn’t helped.

• Chandler Parsons, Lin and Harden can’t go 2-for-15 on 3-pointers. Simply, Houston will have to gain some points on treys to make up for the times they can’t stop OKC. This trio is important in accomplishing that.