The Golden State Warriors dominated the Houston Rockets in the first half of Game 5 of the first round of the playoffs, taking a 59-37 lead into halftime.
So much for Jason Terry's guarantee that the Rockets would beat the Warriors.
Shaun Livingston, filling in for the injured Stephen Curry, scored a team-high 14 points in 17 minutes while Draymond Green showed off his trademark versatility with 11 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds. James Harden had an impressive game-high 25 points, but the rest of the Rockets scored just 12.
@unstoppablebaby I dunno I do think they don't get excited because no one expects to get the ball. That'sreal reason harden has so many TO— J (@Nfamous209) April 28, 2016
Elsewhere, the Portland Trail Blazers are tied with the L.A. Clippers after three quarters in Game 5 of their first round meeting, which is an important one for Warriors fans to watch: if the Blazers win this one, they will certainly have the edge in the series over the short-handed Clippers when they head back to Portland for Game 6. If the Clippers can defend home court, it's reasonable to assume the Blazers will follow suit in Game 6 and we'll end up with a seven game series there.
As described the other day, if the Blazers finish the series in six games, their second round meeting with the Warriors will begin on Sunday, May 1. If the series goes seven, the second round meeting against the Warriors would begin Tuesday.
With Stephen Curry injured, it should be clear which scenario we want.
Go Warriors. Go...Clippers?