So far, redemption hasn't had enough of an effect for the Warriors to beat the Rockets this season.
The Rockets have won all three meetings this season. The first game on February 5 was memorable for Red Nation as it was forgettable for the Warriors. Houston fired in an NBA-record-tying 23 three-pointers on the way to a 140-109 win. Golden State clearly didn't want to be the team alone in the record books as the team Houston beat up on, so in turn, the ending of that game was foul-plagued as the Warriors prevented the Rockets from having any chance to attempt the record breaker.
One would think the emotions from that game would mean trouble for the Rockets the next time down the road. One week later, the score was closer, but the Rockets still came out ahead 116-107.
So, how about third time's a charm? Nope. On March 8, even as James Harden hurt his foot driving to the hoop when he stepped on David Lee's foot, the Rockets still emerged triumphant 94-88.
Of course, as Master Shifu said in Kung Fu Panda, "The past is history. The future is a mystery..."
Basically, who knows if the fourth matchup between the two teams will bear the same result as the previous three?
"Every game's up and down," Kevin McHale said. "Every game's not the same. Human beings are playing this tame. Human beings are prone to a variety of different things, so yeah, every game's different."
But why have the Rockets done so well against the Warriors?
"I'm not really sure," Jeremy Lin said. "But, at the end of the day, it doesn't really mean anything if we don't get a win (Sunday) because that's when it really counts. So we've got to come ready. (We) can't have any first-quarter lapses and we've got to get ready to go and it's got to be 48 minutes (Sunday) because they're going to be ready. They're coming off a home loss (Friday to the Bulls), so they're going to be ready to go, so we've got to match that energy."
If the Rockets do pull off the clean sweep of the Warriors on the season, what will be more important outcome will be the change in the real scoreboard that counts: the Western Conference standings.