Two most dominant franchises from the 1990s, Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets are close to being eliminated from the postseason. Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, Joakim Noah, Pau Gasol, Dwight Howard, Trevor Ariza and James Harden must give their best to stay alive and force decisive Game 7s.
Is there any way to contain monster known as Lebron James when he is in his nitro mode? He finished Game 5 with 38 points, 12 boards and 6 assists, and he barely sweat. Can he be again this brilliant?
And will Chris Paul and Blake Griffin advance to the conference finals for the first time in their career?
The High Expectations
James Harden: The Rockets season is on the brink, if they lose the series is over. Harden notched triple-double in the previous game, look forward to another dominant play.
Derrick Rose: D-Rose scored a mere 16 points with awful 7/24 shooting in the Bulls’ loss in Cleveland, and while facing elimination he must respond and overcome adversity. That’s what superstars do.
Blake Griffin: Griffin looks like Karl Malone from the late 90s. He scores, rebounds, creates shots for his teammates and makes the difference. He will try to prevent Game 7 in Houston.
Corey Brewer: Brewer is a crucial reserve for the Rockets, and he enjoyed a good game in Texas (15 points). If theClutch City spirit is still alive, Brewer will have big contributions tonight.
J.J. Redick: One of the reasons for the defeat in Game 5 for the Clips was a bad game for their sniper. Get ready for some sharp-shooting, Rockets fans.
Mike Dunleavy: Lebron’s stellar game overshadowed Dunleavy’s 19 points on just eight shots for Chicago. Deadeye shooter must repeat that kind of efficiency to avoid early vacation.
Josh Smith: It’s obvious that Smith has a lot of troubles in this series with Clippers defense and he can’t be as useful as he was against Dallas.
DeAndre Jordan: DAJ had one of the poorest performances in this playoffs in Game 5, taking only 3 shots and not being able to guard Howard for the majority of the game. We don’t trust in him for this important game.