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Game Day: Houston Rockets Seek 5 in a Row on ABC TV Sunday

By Tamberlyn Richardson
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Jan 25, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Houston Rockets forward Josh Smith (5) and Houston Rockets guard Corey Brewer (33) in the second half of the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. Rockets won 99-87. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Bench Mob:

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Key Match-up:

The obvious match-up has the two teams top stars facing each other: James Harden versus  Russell Westbrook

It’s crazy to think both Harden and Westbrook remain in the top four players currently considered for MVP and they used to play together with last year’s MVP (Durant). Imagine what the Thunder would be today had they remained together in OKC.

Having lost 4 of 5 the Thunder will be desperate for a win today to stay ahead of the suddenly surging New Orleans Pelicans who are just one game back of them for eighth place.

As much as I expect Harden to put on another show for the ABC TV audience, Westbrook will be up to the task as well. Despite the two stars having their prime time hats on, I suspect the real battle will be how the “others” perform and whose bench will be more productive. Houston may not be as desperate to win though they are certainly looking to retain the division lead and second place so they can avoid San Antonio both in the first and second rounds of the post season.

Not to beat a dead horse, but because that Zach Randolph foul wasn’t called it allowed Memphis to win the game, tie the season series and put pressure on Houston to beat them by a game to win the division.

The real key will be between the two teams’ benches where Corey Brewer and Josh Smith will face Dion Waiters and OKC’s youngsters.

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