Blazers can close out series in Houston

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Associated Press

Posted on April 30, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 30 at 9:34 PM

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets remain confident they can rebound from a 3-1 deficit in their first-round playoff series with the Portland Trail Blazers.

But just in case they needed a reminder that such a comeback was possible, coach Kevin McHale had Mario Elie and Hakeem Olajuwon talk to his team as it prepares for Game 5 on Wednesday night. They helped the Rockets bounce back from the same deficit to beat the Phoenix Suns in seven games in the Western Conference semifinals in 1995 en route to an NBA title.

Olajuwon says: "You focus just on the one game (Wednesday) and shift the game back to Portland (and) there will be tremendous pressure on the Portland team."

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