Wolves-Houston Game 4 preview

Apr 23, 2018, 13:11
Wolves-Houston Game 4 preview

The Houston Rockets would have been so confident after taking care of business in the first two games of the series but Game 3 was a different story as the Rockets lost by 121-105.

The Houston Rockets still hold a 2-1 advantage over the Minnesota Timberwolves. With a hostile crowd behind the Timberwolves' newfound confidence, a great start is exactly what the Rockets need to regain control of this series in Game 4. Tip-off is at 6:30.

This likely will be Minnesota's final home game of the season without a victory; a win would assure the series would return to the Twin Cities for a Game 6. Harden was solid with 29 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, and Paul had 17 points and six assists, but the other three starters - Trevor Ariza, P.J. Tucker and Capela - totaled just 17 points. The Rockets' three point shooting has been even worse as they are hitting a paltry 31.5 percent from beyond the arc: they hit 69.6 percent at the charity stripe. Anderson finished Game 3 with 12 points in 18 minutes off the bench. In their return home in Game 3 of the series, the Timberwolves managed to get things together. The Wolves averaged just 22.5 3-point attempts per game during the regular season, (30th) with eight makes per game (30th). Towns, who was a non-factor in the first two contests, recorded a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Gorgui Dieng, Jamal Crawford and Derrick Rose had one each. Head coach Mike D'Antoni remarked that his two superstars haven't really been at their best for a couple of months now, and it showed in a big way in this game. "I don't know what you're talking about", he said in providing a response that would have made a hockey player proud. It's unlikely that Minnesota will shoot as well from the perimeter as they did in Game 3. As a team, the Timberwolves shot 50 percent from the field and 15 of 27 from the three-point line but this win was all about effort and desperation and it was clear that the Timberwolves simply needed the win more.

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