Only three teams in the history of the NBA have come back from down 0-2 after losing both games at home. And the Rockets have seen it happen upfront twice. In 1994, Hakeem Olajuwon's Rockets lost two then rallied to win a Round 2 series against Charles Barkley's Suns. In 2005, it happened on the other end with Yao Ming's Rockets, when Dirk Nowitzki's Mavs overcame that 0-2 deficit in Round 1.
So the Rockets know very well it can be done. Too bad I am one who does not go against the numbers. It's time to pick on the Rockets.
James Harden. He has yet to have a decent shooting game, but The Beard knows that Game 3 should be treated as a do-or-die game. He has the potential to give you that 40 PRA in a bounce-back game. It is his team and he has to carry this team to defy history.
Dwight Howard. I rely on consistency over potential, and DH has been the beacon of consistency in this series so far. It seems that Coach McHale's strategy is Dwight-centric, which is just fine against the Blazers. I expect to gain PRA of high 30s from him.
Joakim Noah. The Bulls are another team who lost their two home games, and the Wizards have been surprising us. I already marked Noah for Game 3, but changed it because I think the Wizards are more likely to lose to the Bulls, than the Blazers are to the Rockets. If you disagree, I suggest you pick Noah and that is still a very fine choice.
As for the Raptors@Nets game, that's tied 1-1 and that series can still go the distance. So don't touch them this date.
So how about yours, a Bull or a Rocket?