#TWDSPORTS : NBA: Playoffs – Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (Game 5)

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NBA: Playoffs – Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (Game 5)

Houston Rockets (45-37) trail 3-1 in the best of seven series Western Conference NBA playoff first round against Oklahoma City Thunder (60-22); where it’s essentially go hard, or go home for Houstonian hoops fans rallying to bounce back off the wall to spark a surging renaissance for their home team.

James Harden vys with former team – OKC Thunder – which has added borderline-novelty and fairweather-nostalgia, as the product of University of North Carolina is fully aware that tonight could spell the end of advancing to the promised land of capturing the Larry O’Brien trophy; where Houston Rockets last NBA world championship banner was claimed during the golden era of a Hakeem Olajuwon-led team almost twenty years ago.

“Obviously they’re a great offensive team, but we feel like we can score on anybody in the league. We’ve had success scoring on them, so I think all our focus needs to be on defense and primarily (Kevin) Durant.” said Houston Rockets Head coach, Kevin McHale.

Playoff Statistics

Points J. Harden 25.3 K. Durant 33.0
Rebounds O. Asik 10.8 S. Ibaka 8.5
Assists J. Harden 4.3 R. Westbrook 7.0
Steals J. Harden 2.3 R. Westbrook 3.0
Blocks O. Asik 1.5 S. Ibaka 3.5

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Kevin Durant cannot be offensively neutralized by even the premier defensive lockers in the league today, due to Durant’s intelligence of reading defence, and dangerous one-on-one isolation plays that are so often referred to in OKC’s playbook; which is the superstar swingmans forte. Furthermore, all-star point guard Russell Westbrook is out for tonights game five showdown, which will inevitably even the playing field.

Turkish center, Omer Asik, has been a double-double tireless trojan for the Rockets throughout the regular season and beyond with improved co-ordination and high percentage, simple buckets, and Argetinian Carlos Delfino has been energetically potent with bursts of scoring punch from the bench.

Houston Rockets vs. OKC Thunder – Game 4 (Highlights) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zzojr9O1PxY

Jeremy Lin is unavailable for starting position due to day-to-day sustained injury. Chandler Parsons needs to effectively step up his strategic game plan despite showing signs of streakiness from deep in the series, with his overall shot selection being both an asset, as a detriment when everything doesn’t go as planned.

Houston Rockets is a unit that gravitates to perimeter shooting; often pulverizing opposition from downtown when at their best. Is tonight going to be a night where hope is restored? Houston, we have a problem…

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WRITTEN BY : Dean Perretta [ @Dean2185 ]

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