Clearly it has been an unprecedented week in and out of the world of sports, but now that the NBA has officially announced the playoffs will resume on Saturday I thought it was time to turn a little bit of our attention back to the actual games.
Leave it to the State-Farm agent Chris Paul to make things difficult for the Houston Rockets in the first 4 games of this series. With things all tied up at 2 games apiece, Saturday’s showdown is by far the most intriguing game on the schedule this weekend.
The Rockets who have been without Russell Westbrooks services for all 4 games are hoping to get him back on Saturday. Now there has been no official announcement of Westbrooks return, but that doesn’t mean the hype machine hasn’t begun rolling down the tracks.
Earlier today Westbrook appeared to be back to his Mighty Mouse bag of tricks. According to ESPN insider Tim MacMahon, the Rockets held a scrimmage on Thursday that included Westbrook. He reportedly looks “as explosive as ever.”
To this point, this has been a tale of two series with the Rockets easily winning the first two games and then OKC shifted to a small-ball centric strategy and ending up beating the Rockets at their own game. In-game 4, the Rockets actually heaved up 58 3-pointers, and yes that was an NBA playoff record for the most 3’s taken in a game.
The MIGHTY Line
At this point, the Rockets need Westbrook to fly in like Mighty Mouse and save the day. Sure Mighty Mouse isn’t a Disney character, but the Rockets don’t care about that. They just need some extra firepower to challenge the overachieving Thunder.
Based on all the reports today, I’d be shocked if we didn’t see Westbrook flying around the bubble on Saturday taunting OKC.