Knowing Golden State, they’re not going to back down. They might be a little worried, but scared is
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far from the truth. They dealt with a Los Angeles Clippers team that pushed them to a sixth game. So adversity is nothing new for them. However, the Rockets have been resilient this season. Starting 11-14 to having a chance to finish second in the Western Conference showed their character. Now they battle back from 2-0 after heartbreaking losses in the first two games. This is a Rockets team that means business and is hungry for revenge.
Game 5 is expected to be a tight game like the first four. But this is the most important game of the series. All things considered, the Rockets want to be in the driver’s seat. Sure, it’s still possible for them to rally back from 3-2 down and win even if they lose on Wednesday.
Yet, from an average fan’s perspective, stealing a road game could have a major impact on the rest of the series. As evident in the past, the Bulls won the 1993 Eastern Conference Finals because they stole Game 5 from the Knicks while the Trailblazers won a road Game 5 from the 76ers before winning the 1977 NBA Finals in six games.
Of course, history won’t matter here. But it could be made if the Rockets go out and do their job.