Can the Rockets at least split the next two games in Oakland?

By Michael Knight
Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images
Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images /

It is key for the Rockets to keep the intensity up as the series shifts to Oakland.

The Houston Rockets were not able to keep homecourt advantage after losing Game 1, but they were able to win Game 2 to even up the series.

Now, as the series moves to Oakland, the Rockets must come out of their with at least a split. That will be crucial for the team as they look to upset the Warriors. Losing both games would put Houston down 3-1, a lead that is tough to overcome (insert Warriors joke here).

Winning back homecourt will be important for Houston should there be a Game 7. Let’s hope that they can do just that. Oakland is a very difficult place to win games.

Here are a couple of reasons why it can be done:

Best road record in the league

Houston finished the 2017-18 season with the best road record in the NBA at 31-10. That almost was as good as their 34-7 record in the Toyota Center.

That record of 31-10 was actually better than the home record of the Warriors, even. They finished the year at 29-12 at the Oracle Arena.

The Rockets are not fazed by the hostile environments they have faced this season and postseason. They were able to split the games in Minnesota in the first round and win both games in very loud and crazy Utah. This will have to continue into Oakland.

2-2 in Oakland the last two years

In the Kevin Durant era for the Warriors, the Rockets are 2-2 in the Oracle Arena. The success was in the regular season, but it was still plenty hostile.

The game this year was an Opening Night game that Houston clawed out. Last year, the Rockets won in 2OT in one of the best games of the year.

Once again, the Rockets are great on the road and will need to keep up their recent success in Northern California.

Game 3 is Sunday night at 7:00 CT. Be sure to watch and support H-Town!

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