After an emotional few days, the Houston Rockets take the court for a pivotal Game 5 on Saturday to gain a series edge over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Nothing has been predictable in the year 2020, and that continued to be the case this week. Instead of a triple-header of NBA action on Wednesday that included the Houston Rockets, the league garnered national attention when the players decided to sit out of the playoffs until more actionable steps were taken in the pursuit of racial equality in the country.
After multiple meetings between the league’s players and several initiatives resulting from them, the NBA announced that they would be resuming the playoffs on Saturday.
“I think we all needed a pause,” said Russell Westbrook, who expects to play in Game 5. “Emotionally, physically, mentally. I think the pause was for a greater cause, for all the social issues in our world today.”
Now recharged mentally and physically, the Houston Rockets look to get back to basketball business when they look to turn the momentum of the series back in their favor. In Game 4, Dennis Schroder got to the paint at will to torch Houston for a playoff career-high 30 points.
With Westbrook adding much-needed quickness on both ends of the floor, Game 5 will look different than any other game in the series. Russell is a game-changing force anytime he’s on the court, so Saturday’s game will be as unpredictable as this year has been. Here’s everything you need to know about the crucial Game 5 between the Rockets and Thunder.
How to watch the Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets
Location: The Field House (Wide World of Sports) – Orlando, FL
Date/Time: Saturday, August 29, 2020 @ 6:30 PM ET
National TV: TNT
Local TV: FSOK, ATTSN-SW
Radio: WWLS 98.1FM OKC, KBME/KTRH/KEYH