Coming in to the Thursday night game, Houston boasts a record of 39-21, just 2.5 games back of the 42-19 Clippers in the No. 2 seed. While Houston has had a few opportunities to topple other current playoff-bound teams, and even open the gap against Western Conference opponents, this is the last time this season that they can directly gain ground on higher-seed opponents. This game is also the fourth and last game of the Clippers series, one that will decide if Houston holds the tiebreaker or if the series is knotted up. And, matchup-wise, it’ll probably be their most difficult opponent in a long time — a true test of their new style of play.
What do you expect to happen this game? Who will go off for the Rockets? Do you think the Clippers can exploit the small-ball strategy? Is this Houston’s biggest Western Conference threat in the playoffs? What will a win mean tonight?
Last, but certainly not least, LET’S GO ROCKETS!