The Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors will begin their rematch a round earlier than everyone expected. The two best teams in the West will go at it starting tomorrow afternoon.
The time is finally here. The Houston Rockets have the chance to get their revenge on the Golden State Warriors after being narrowly defeated by them just one year ago in a hard-fought seven game series that swung when Chris Paul went down with injury.
It’s expected to be another great series between the two teams. The Rockets were able to take care of their first round opponent, the Jazz, fairly handily in five games. The Warriors beat the Clippers, but dropped two games in Oakland to them in the process to win the series in six.
The schedule for the series between the two best teams in the West was released last night after their series ended. There’s a little bit to dive into about it, so let’s get started!
Here’s how it will work out between the two teams:
Game 1 (@ GSW): Sunday 4/28 at 2:30 p.m. CT
Game 2 (@ GSW): Tuesday 4/30 at 9:30 p.m. CT
Game 3 (in HOU): Saturday 5/4 at 7:30 p.m. CT
Game 4 (in HOU): Monday 5/6 at 8:30 p.m. CT
Game 5 (If necessary, @ GSW): Wednesday 5/8 TBD
Game 6 (If necessary, in HOU): Friday 5/10 TBD
Game 7 (If necessary, @ GSW): Sunday 5/12 TBD
How long of a break?
The Rockets will have a lengthy break before they head back to Houston to play their first games there. The three days of rest are some of the longest I have seen between games in the same series and will call for a boring week.
It will help the injury cause for both sides. James Harden is dealing with a hand injury, but insists he’s fine. If he isn’t, the three days off should help a ton. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, though, are also dealing with ankle injuries and will use those days off.
The series will begin on a prime time Sunday afternoon matchup on ABC. The game will get arguably the best broadcasting crew with Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson heading it.
This is the series to watch in the second round of the playoffs. The matchup that should’ve been a round earlier will garner the attention of many in the media. The Rockets must be ready to respond and show them what they are made of this time around. Can they do just that?