The Rockets didn't play all that great in winning the first two games of this series at home and it caught up to them in Game 3's 121-105 loss in Minneapolis. It was the first playoff game in Minnesota since 2004, and the fans were erupting with passion. Harden had a terrible shooting performance in Game 2 (2-of-18 from the floor), but Paul starred with 27 points and eight assists. However, despite two wins, the Rockets have been a little slow out of the gate in round 1. And as previously mentioned, Capela could also see a bit more touches after getting just 15 points on 12 shots combined in the last two games. The top-seeded Houston Rockets are on the road as they face the eighth-seeded Minnesota Timberwolves in Game 4 of their best of seven series Monday night.
In Game 3, with their backs against the wall, the Wolves came out with a furry. A weak Rockets squad puts the T-Wolves in position to push this series even further than the 4-0 sweep that was presumed.
If every one of those pieces ignites at the same time, as the Rockets manage to post yet another disinterested game, the Timberwolves really could make it through to the second round. Jimmy Butler had 28 points, Jeff Teague 23 (he outplayed Paul) and Thornhill, Ontario's Andrew Wiggins 20 points, five rebounds and five assists.
The Rockets can't simply rely on their offense to win this series.
Rockets superstar and leading NBA MVP candidate James Harden who was described by Turner Network Television (TNT) analyst Charles Barkley as unguardable, topscored for the Rockets with 29 points 9-for-21 from the field and 3-for-8 from 3-point arc.
Houston was on cruise control for much of the regular season, but they ran into a speed bump in game 3.
If Minnesota had a puncher's chance of staggering mighty Houston, it would most logically occur via an explosion by the Wolves' fourth-ranked offense - more specifically, via the heroics of Karl-Anthony Towns. The Timberwolves are all but dead if they fall behind 3-1 in the series so this is basically a must-win game for them.
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