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Where: Game 2 – Toyota Center, Houston.
When: Thursday April 24, 02:30 BST
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Having dropped Game 1 at home, the Houston Rockets will be under pressure to level the series against the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.
Guard James Harden conceded that he wasn’t aggressive enough in the overtime loss, although not only will he need to shoot better, but he must increase his effort on the defensive end if the Rockets have a chance of advancing beyond the first round.
While the Blazers know that Harden will take plenty of shots, their mission has been to make the ones that he does take as difficult as possible, thus resulting in 20 missed shots in Game 1.
Nevertheless, he still managed to score 27 points, and coach Terry Stotts has reiterated that they must do a better job of limiting him in order to pile the pressure on Houston moving forward.
On the other end of the court, Portland will be looking for inspiration from LaMarcus Aldridge again, after he scored a franchise playoff-record 46 points in the first encounter as well as pulling down 18 rebounds.
In addition, Damian Lillard was huge in overtime to secure the win, and so the Blazers will undoubtedly arrive full of confidence and ready to take control of this series knowing that they have already taken away the home-court advantage aspect.
Meanwhile, Dwight Howard has rallied his team-mates and believes that they must quickly forget about the loss and get their heads down and focus on the next, with his Orlando Magic losing their first post-season game back in 2009 before advancing to the NBA Finals.
This match-up promises to be one of the more intriguing in the first round clashes, and both teams will know the importance of getting things right on Wednesday.