The Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets meet Wednesday in game two of the Western Conference playoffs at the Toyota Center.
But D’Antoni had a simple solution: He summoned James Harden off the bench a few minutes earlier than he normally re-enters the game in the fourth quarter.
We’ve chronicled in this space on multiple occasions during the National Basketball Association season the insane phenomenon of players doing random things perfectly in sync (and people’s ability to regularly catch such moments on camera). They will have a lot more rest and time to prepare between now and Wednesday. Houston was 10-of-16 from beyond the arc in the first half alone, with PJ Tucker and Harden leading the way.
Harden is obviously the focal point of their offence, but Capela’s performances underline Houston’s strength in depth.
Round 2 of the NBA Playoffs is underway and the Houston Rockets are set to face off against the Utah Jazz. While they have been good on offense, the Rockets will need to be even better to get past the stout Jazz defense.
“We didn’t give up all year, and we don’t planning on doing so now”, Crowder said. He had been playing at an elite level, so losing him and supping in Dante Exum is going to hurt. We watch film and we figure out how we can create 3s and create opportunities for each other and then go out there and play our butts off. “So, with that being said, when teams make runs, we have to stay the course and make adjustments on the fly”.
James had 45 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, despite battling cramps and having to head to the locker room in the third quarter for treatment.
“Tough blow for Utah: Jazz guard Ricky Rubio could miss 10 days with left hamstring injury, league sources tell ESPN”. The Rockets are a high-powered offense that can take off at any point. They finished with 17, including seven from Harden, which tied his career-high for a playoff game.
As you can see below, Mitchell both twisted his ankle and got stomped on by Eric Gordon (accidentally) while trying to get up to catch a bad lob pass.
Oladipo’s driving layup cut the deficit to four points with 50.1 seconds remaining, but James responded with a layup and Cleveland, who had 15 points from Tristan Thompson, 14 from Kevin Love and 11 apiece from JR Smith and George Hill, held on. Joe Ingles had 15 points, six rebounds, and five assists, but shot just 1-of-3 from deep.
Turnovers – The Rockets excelled at taking care of the ball against the Timberwolves, averaging just 8.4 turnovers per game throughout the series – well below their 13.8 per game in the regular season.