The Houston Rockets vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder battle it out on the court at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, May 1 at 9:30 p.m. ET. Read on to see where fans can watch and listen to a live stream of the 2013 NBA playoff game online and catch up-to-date feeds and coverage on highlight plays and scores.
The Rockets ended the 2012-2013 NBA regular season as the no 8 team in the Western Conference of the Division Regular Season with 45 wins and 37 losses. In the playoffs, they currently hold a 1-3 winning record. Houston currently ranks the overall no 12 team in the NBA. According to Bleacher Report sports columnist Josh Martin:
"Russell Westbrook's knee injury leaves the door open for the Houston Rockets to give the Oklahoma City Thunder some serious trouble in the first round. Granted, we're not talking about the sort of trouble that the eighth-seed Philadelphia 76ers inflicted upon the top-seed Chicago Bulls after Derrick Rose went down in last year's playoffs. Those Bulls relied almost entirely on Rose to generate offense, while this year's Thunder still have their primary scorer (Kevin Durant) fit for duty. And a 2-0 lead on the Rockets to boot. Houston showed plenty in a three-point Game 2 loss to suggest they might be able to steal a game at home, even with Westbrook in the lineup. Now that Russ is out, it's conceivable that Houston will push OKC to six or seven games, all the while reminding the Thunder of what they gave up when they traded away James Harden prior to the season. Still, don't expect the Rockets to sneak away with this series in tow-or for Durant to let them."
The Thunder snagged the no 1 spot in the Western Conference with 60 wins and only 22 losses. OKC currently holds the no 6 overall playoff spot out of 16 teams, with a 3-1 winning record. According to Martin:
The Oklahoma City Thunder were well on their way to sweeping the Houston Rockets and winning the Western Conference once again.
"That is, until Russell Westbrook knocked knees with Rockets guard Patrick Beverley and tore the meniscus in his right knee. Westbrook will undergo surgery to repair the tear, leaving the Thunder without one of their two superstar perimeter talents on whom to rely for however long Russ has to sit. How OKC fares in the interim will depend as much on what Kevin Durant does to take his game to the next level as on what the rest of the Thunder's guards to do fill in the gaps. Kevin Martin must shoot (and score) more off the bench. Reggie Jackson must attack with a greater abandon. Derek Fisher must do his best to shave a handful of years off of his 38-year-old frame. And general manager Sam Presti must refrain from smashing his head into a wall on account of whatever regret he may or may not feel for trading James Harden prior to the season and Eric Maynor at the deadline. The Thunder still have the requisite blend of talent and experience to outlast the Rockets in the first round, and could make a run at their third consecutive Western Conference Finals appearance, assuming Durant flips the switch into "Beast Mode" from this point forward. On the whole, though, OKC's survival is riding on the ability of its entire roster to band together to fill in every conceivable gap and on Scott Brooks to pull off the coaching job of a lifetime. It's a tall task, to be sure, but certainly not an impossible one for these Thunder to complete."
Tonight's game should prove a fierce battle on the court between two of the top NBA West teams.
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