Rockets make a come back in playoffs

Vidal Maldonado, Sports Editor

The Houston Rockets have surged on to the second round of the NBA playoffs after defeating the Dallas Mavericks in a best of seven series winning four games to one. The Mavericks will now go into the off-season with many questions being un answered as far as the credibility of what looked like a promising playoff team. Meanwhile the Rockets moved on to the second round of the playoffs to play the Los Angeles Clippers, who beat the previous years champions led by three veteran front runners

Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and rising Star Kawhi Leonard, but undeniably the main reason why the Clippers saw such success in the First round is because of the hunger of Coach Doc Rivers, a he is a championship coach and a smart one to say the least. Although their previous series was close, they managed to beat the San Antonio in a Game 7 that was held in front of the Los Angeles crowd.

The Rockets played very well to say the least in their battle vs. Dallas, but took a lot of effort and a lot of heart to beat the Clippers as the turn around for L.A.  proved to be too much. The day after their Game seven victory against San Antonio they traveled to Houston to start the new series Vs. James Harden and company.

Houston started off the series off on the wrong foot dropping the first game in a sloppy loss at home which was not expected as they were long rested almost a week longer than the Los Angeles Clippers, they picked up a game two victory tying the series 1-1 and appeared to crumble as they lost their next two games facing a three to one deficit to Los Angeles Clippers with a game five at home the rockets rallied the team up to overcome the clippers 124-103, however the odds were still in the favor of the Clippers they held a 3-2 series lead and now were back home in front of their sell out crowd in Los Angeles,  a place where the Rockets had lost by a total of 58 points in two games.

Despite a 19 point deficit nearing the fourth quarter the Rockets came together and tied the game at the 4:20 mark in the fourth quarter and didn’t look back as they kept the confidence and rolled over the Clippers for a 119-107 comeback that shocked many people as they tied the series at 3-3 a piece with a game seven in Houston that was a win or go home situation for both teams.

On Sunday May 17 the Rockets were a confident team one who had the hunger to complete a series comeback against the Clippers, Trevor Ariza opened the game with a 3 point field goal that gave the rockets a lead and from then on and never trailed to the Clippers. to their ultimate game seven victory completing a rally to win three games straight and take the series to the western conference finals to play the Golden State on Tuesday may 19th.

“We fought back, we fought three really hard games and came away with a win.” Says Rockets Guard James Harden.

Rockets center Dwight Howard also added “ as the clock ran down I was overwhelmed with joy.

Now the Rockets will have to really show what they are made of as they prepare for the Golden State Warriors led by 2015 MVP Stephen Curry a dynamic ball handling, sharpshooting explosive player who has gone 8-2 this post season.