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Where: Game 6 – Moda Center, Portland.
When: Saturday May 3, 03:30 BST
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The Houston Rockets kept their hopes alive at home last time out, but still trailing 3-2 in this series, they will need to defeat the Portland Trail Blazers again on Friday night.
Having shown great resilience in Game 5, more of the same will be needed if coach Kevin McHale is to mastermind a series win despite trailing the Trail Blazers 3-1.
Center Dwight Howard insists that he isn’t ready to go on vacation yet, and he claims that he will put everything on the line in order to help Houston prevail and send this fascinating series into a decider.
Howard had 22 points and 14 rebounds last time out while Jeremy Lin played an integral role off the bench with 21 points, but the Rockets were also importantly able to limit LaMarcus Aldridge, who had just eight points in Game 5 despite averaging 35.3 points in the first four meetings.
Wesley Matthew stepped up with 27 points while Damian Lillard added 26, but ultimately the Rockets will need to guard against a bounce-back game from Aldridge, with the former All-Star insisting that it wasn’t so much to do with what Houston did differently, but what his team didn’t do as well.
The Blazers have been eliminated in the first round of the playoffs in their last six trips to the post-season, and they will now need to show the type of determination and experience required to put an end to that disappointing run.
History doesn’t favour the Rockets as only eight NBA teams have ever rebounded from a 3-1 deficit in a best-of-seven playoff series to advance, and although the ’95 Rockets are one of those teams, they will need to match the intensity and desperation of the hosts on Friday night.