How the Wolves broke through and made Game 4 a consequential contest

Adjust Comment Print

The Houston Rockets had the best record in the National Basketball Association during the regular season and are the top seed in the West.

During the 2017-18 National Basketball Association regular season, the Houston Rockets walloped the Minnesota Timberwolves all four times they met.

When asked about the last time Houston were in rhythm and free-flowing, Harden said: "It's been a long time".

The 18,978 fans at the arena rose to their feet when the buzzer ended and Minnesota trimmed its series deficit to 2-1.

Harden carried the Rockets in Game 1 with a 44-point, eight-assist performance while Paul had an off game, scoring 14 points on 5-of-14 shooting and matching his career playoff high with six turnovers.

Can the New Orleans Pelicans Upset the Golden State Warriors?
Davis and the Pelicans had to weather the storm during the 4th quarter which saw the Blazers outscore the Pelicans by 10 points. When asked about how the Blazers will be "desperate" considering the circumstances, Davis responded, "We're desperate, too".

As we look at the important takeaways from Game 3, we will consider how much of what the Wolves did well is repeatable, and how much is bound to regress. The Rockets need more production from Clint Capela who scored just seven points and Gordon who shot just five of 16 from the field, but the overall problem was the lack of pace in the offense as they played passively and allowed the Timberwolves to dictate the tempo. Chris Paul chipped in 17 points, Eric Gordon added 15 off the bench, Ryan Anderson had 12 in his return to the rotation and Gerald Green had 10. Their 121 points was a franchise record, too.

It's amusing how one game can completely change a playoff series as the Rockets would've had one eye on the next round after winning so easily in Games 1 and 2.

Towns and Butler might be the stars, but Teague and Andrew Wiggins have been the steadying force this series. The Rockets will have to play tougher and smarter if they want to bounce back in game 4. It's unlikely that Minnesota will shoot as well from the perimeter as they did in Game 3. Hopeful MVP, James Harden, made the same amount of shots in the 4th quarter as Rose, only 3 shots. Houston shot just 10-of-37 (27 percent) from 3-point range.

Harden and Chris Paul have each had big games so far this series, but they have not clicked on the same night.