D'Antoni, Harden: Rockets lack rhythm, in rut

D'Antoni, Harden: Rockets lack rhythm, in rut

Teague notched 23 points and eight assists, while Wiggins went for 20 points, five rebounds and five assists.

For two games, Minnesota Timberwolves big man Karl-Anthony Towns was a no-show for their playoff series against the Houston Rockets. Tip-off is at 6:30.

Minnesota, a typically poor 3-point shooting team, made 15 triples in Game 3 to match Houston's 15 long-distance bombs. 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.

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Sports Illustrated took a close look at all 11 times a team has come back from a 3-1 series deficit. James Harden had a quiet 29 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists, while Chris Paul had 17 points and six assists. Towns added 18 points, 16 rebounds and three assists in the victory.

James Harden bounced back from his terrible Game 2 shooting performance to record 29 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, but it wasn't almost enough. The Rockets will have to play tougher and smarter if they want to bounce back in game 4.

"We've just got to make sure we're rallying everybody else around us and making sure that they're in good spirits and always confident in their shot".

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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. Coach Mike D'Antoni stated that he felt that the team hadn't played up to its full potential since the middle of March. It's unlikely that Minnesota will shoot as well from the perimeter as they did in Game 3.

In other words, forget winning the series, historically, the Thunder have been eliminated in five games in each of the instances in which they've fallen into that hole. The Rockets will need to find another gear if they're going to be a serious championship contender. Nonetheless, that is a lot of components to pull together for Minnesota, and if the Rockets regain their rhythm before the rest of the series, you can pretty much discount Minnesota's future playoff hopes all together.

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