Keys to Rockets winning Game 7 vs. Thunder

Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) goes up for a shot as Oklahoma City Thunder's Dennis Schroder (17) and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, left, defend during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) goes up for a shot as Oklahoma City Thunder's Dennis Schroder (17) and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, left, defend during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

HOUSTON – The Houston Rockets continue to struggle in tight playoff games. There’s no leeway for that in a Game 7, especially against a team the Rockets likely have more talent than in the Oklahoma City Thunder. If Game 5 showed what the Rockets could be, with a blowout win, Game 6 showed what the Rockets are an inconsistent team that can go stretches without playing competent basketball despite elite talent.

Here are the three keys to getting a win in Game 7 against Oklahoma City and moving on in the playoffs.

Make sure Scott Foster is more up is more upset at Chris Paul than James Harden

The Rockets have lost seven straight playoff games officiated by referee Scott Foster. Scott Foster is the official for tonight’s game.

However...

Chris Paul’s teams (Rockets/Clippers) have lost nine straight playoff games officiated by Foster.

Both James Harden and Paul have publicly criticized the ref.

So, does Scott Foster have it in for the Rockets, or does Scott Foster have it in for Chris Paul?


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