Jason Terry has promised the Rockets will beat the Warriors in game five

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Jason Terry is an NBA veteran that has seen plenty during his 17 years in the league.

The 38-year-old guard has seen playoff comebacks and unlikely triumphs, and he's seen the mighty fall, too.

On top of collecting a championship ring during his time with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011, Terry has the third-most three-point field goals in league history behind Ray Allen and Reggie Miller.

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Now, he's the oldest player on the Houston Rockets roster locked in a first-round playoff series with the Golden State Warriors. The Texas-based franchise trail the reigning NBA champions 3-1, but with Stephen Curry on the shelf for the next couple of weeks, the Rockets know that a chance has presented itself for them to make history.

During Houston's media session at the Oracle Arena ahead of the game five showdown at the same location, Terry was asked if he believed his side could win on Wednesday night.

“I’m guaranteeing it,” said Terry. “If I don’t, then what? It’s a loss, right. I guarantee victory - that’s what it’s going to take. I believe in my group. I know we can get a win here and send this thing back to Houston.”

In many ways, Terry is right. He has to approach the game with that confidence or they may as well admit defeat before they even get going. If James Harden catches fire like he so often does, and if Dwight Howard can really assert himself on the game, there's no reason why the Rockets can't pick up a victory like they did in game three.

The Rockets are 1-2 in games against the Warriors where they've been without Curry. The record 21 three-point bombs top seeds dropped on Houston in game four - of which Curry only contributed one before exiting with his injury - will be cause for great concern to interim head coach J.B Bickerstaff.

Terry took his confidence a step further by suggesting if the Rockets can overcome the Warriors and go all the way, he'll get a tattoo of the Larry O'Brien trophy on his body.

“I’m saying right here in front of everybody, I’m getting a tattoo of a Rockets trophy if we pull this thing out,” he said smiling. “You [heard] it here first.”

It wouldn't be the first time for Terry. The durable guard got the same ink when the Mavericks won a championship back in 2011.

To beat the Warriors at home is a tall order indeed, but without Curry in at their opponent's disposal, that might be enough to give Harden and co. the belief they need to pull this series out of the bag.

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