The Rockets get another shot at finishing off the Dallas Mavericks tonight, this time at home in front of what will surely be a revved-up Rockets crowd.
Game 4 had some concerning themes, but it's frankly a fool's errand to think that JJ Barea and Al-Farouq Aminu can sustain double-double production for the remainder of the series. They should be less effective tonight, now that the Rockets players and coaches have had time to review the film and make adjustments.
Meanwhile, the Rockets' shooting woes should also reverse themselves with a jacked-up crowd behind them. I said this on the first 20 minutes of a TDS podcast recording (subscribe here!), but Jason Terry, Trevor Ariza and Pablo Prigioni looked tentative and out-of-rhythm on all of their deep shots, and Harden missed badly and most of his misses. That's something we haven't seen the Rockets do on consecutive nights very much this season.
The Spurs and Clippers are in the middle of a knock-down, drag out series, and the Spurs especially are nursing injuries and the creeping ravages of Father Time. A Rockets win in five games while those two grind each other down would be a great place to start a Western Conference semifinals.
It all starts at 7 p.m. CT tonight, on TNT and ROOT Sports.