Run It Back Bandits Vol. 1

Written by: Donald Tolbert | SFL Sports Blogger

We have been through this Jazzercise class before. Or have we? Last year series was a second round matchup in the which the Jazz had already over achieved just by being there. This years series will be a first round matchup with unfilled expectations on the line.

 The Rockets won the playoffs series last year 4-1. It was by no means a run away victory for the Rockets. The Jazz led by rookie phenom Spider Mitchell come into the Toyota Center and stole game 2. The remaining games regardless of the final score were competitive. The 4 vs 5 matchup is as close as it gets in playoff rankings.

These teams split the regular season series this year. This will be no walk in the park for the Rockets. With that's being said, I do expect the Rockets to win this series. The outcome of this series will reflect the level of the Rockets championship focus. I can see this series going 4-1 as much as I can see it going 7 games solely based on the Rockets focus level.

Are the Rockets really locked in? Are they in predator mode or are they ripe to be prey? We are going to find out very soon. I believe the former. That's why I'm picking the Rockets in 5 in this series. I think defense and transition offense are key points of emphasis where the Rockets must excel.

If they do, this will be quick work for the Run It Back Bandits! #Rednation BanditBrothers #GoRockets

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