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Houston Rockets Look to Stop Russell Westbrook and Thunder in Game 5

Apr 23, 2017; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) drives to the basket against Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) during the fourth quarter in game four of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 23, 2017; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) drives to the basket against Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) during the fourth quarter in game four of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports
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After fighting a tough battle over the past few games, the Houston Rockets look to close out the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5 of their first round series.

Shhh. Shhh. It could be all over soon. Leading MVP Candidate Nene and a gimpy James Harden of the Houston Rockets take on the Thunder tonight in what could be the last game of the first round series.

After admitting he injured his ankle in Game 3, many expect Harden to have a better showing tonight. The Rockets overcame a 5/16 shooting performance from the rightful heir to the MVP Throne on Sunday, mainly because of a 28 point performance from Nene.

The national narrative, though, is focused on Russell Westbrook. Can he share the load? Should he pass the ball? Is the media trying to split up the Thun-

*Lil Uzi Vert starts playing from the background*

Oh no…can someone please–

NOW I DO WHAT I WANT

Russ can we please get back to the game previ–

“NOW I DO WHAT I WANT”

Russ, nobody really thinks those are good thin–

“NOW I DO WHAT I WANT”

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“NOW I DO WHAT I WANT”

Okay…let him finish I guess. If James Harden is back to any semblance of his healthy self, I see the Houston Rockets winning this by a 7-10 point margin.

There is a large incentive to closing out the series tonight. James Harden needs rest for the ankle, and there is a good chance the Rockets’ next opponent will be a little ragged after a 6 or 7 game series. They will certainly need to bring the bench energy once again, but I personally foresee that happening.

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The matchup will be broadcast on TNT and ROOT Sports SW, tipping off at 7:00pm CT. Tune in to see if the Toyota Center crew decides to play any Lil Uzi Vert during the game.

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