NBA Playoffs: Get your Rockets fix

May 5, 2009 3:47:21 PM PDT
The Rockets advanced past the first round of the NBA playoffs for the first time since 1997.[SPORTS BLOG: Get the latest from the Eyewitness Sports team]

The Rockets dismissed the Portland Trail Blazers 4-2 in the first round with a 92-76 rout in Game 6.

The games don't get any easier as the Rockets will tip off against the Los Angeles Lakers, the top seed in the Western Conference. The Lakers swept the season series 4-0 and LA owns home-court advantage in the series.

Here's the series schedule:

Game 1: Monday 5/4 Rockets at Lakers 9:30pm CT on TNT

Game 2: Wednesday 5/6 Rockets at Lakers 9:30pm CT on TNT

Game 3: Friday 5/8 Lakers at Rockets 8:30pm CT on ESPN

Game 4: Sunday 5/10 Lakers at Rockets 2:30pm CT on ABC

Game 5: Tuesday 5/12 Rockets at Lakers TBD on TNT (if necessary)

Game 6: Thursday 5/14 Lakers at Rockets TBD on ESPN (if necessary)

Game 7: Sunday 5/17 Rockets at Lakers TBD on TBD (if necessary)

So how do the Rockets match up against the Lakers? What are the keys to the series? Who will win?

Click on 'Rockets-Lakers Series Preview' above to see the Eyewitness Sports series preview and make sure to check back here for new content throughout the Rockets' playoff run.

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MEMORY LANE: See photos of past Rockets' post-season games:

1995 NBA Finals:: Rockets vs. Magic

1995 Western Conference Finals:: Rockets vs. Spurs

1995 Western Conference Semifinals:: Rockets vs. Suns

1994 NBA Finals:: Rockets vs. Knicks

1986 NBA Finals:: Rockets vs. Celtics

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