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Game thread: Rockets vs. Thunder Game 2

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Houston looks to jump out to a 2-0 series lead in tonight’s contest.

NBA: Playoffs-Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston Rockets Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

It’s Game 2 of the Western Conference playoff series between the Houston Rockets and the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Rockets are coming off a huge 31-point win in Game 1 in which they held the fake MVP to just 6-23 shooting and 9 turnovers. Meanwhile, the real MVP went for 37-7-9, and the Rockets had human victory cigar Bobby Brown on the court halfway through the fourth quarter.

Patrick Beverley, whose performance in Game 1 both on the offensive side and guarding Russell Westbrook was key to the Houston victory, is not on the injury report despite taking a litany of bumps and bruises in the opening game, including an all-to-obvious attempt at intimidation by Thunder center Steven Adams.

Fortunately for the Rockets, we all know Bev is made of adamantium and he gains both extra hit points and abilities when there is intense, physical play, so he’ll be right back out there again tonight in the role of slowing down the greatest ball hog in NBA history (a tip of the hat to Kobe Bryant, but he never came close to Russ’s 41.7 percent usage rate).

It’ll be important to keep an eye on the officiating early. If we see a few close ones called on The Wolverine, we know the league wants an easy path for its latest overrated golden boy.

Don’t forget to check out AK’s preview before the game starts and don’t forget about the powers of the reverse jinx when you read his prediction. Also, join us after the game on Facebook for our post-game Facebook live!

Go Rockets!