Minnesota Timberwolves: 3 takeaways from Game 3 vs. Rockets

24 April, 2018, 04:18 | Author: Conrad Doyle
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Jeff Teague chipped in with 23 points to help Minnesota grab its first postseason victory in 14 years. Minnesota made exactly half its shots (45-for-90) in Game 3 after shooting just 41.3 per cent the first two games of the series.

Towns' game comes on the heels of a combined 13 points in the first two games in which he hesitated to shoot the ball and seemed confounded and beaten by the athleticism of Rockets center Clint Capela and physicality of forward P.J. Tucker. Tip-off is at 6:30. Karl-Anthony Towns is the third highest priced player of the slate, and had by far his best, and most aggressive game of the series, producing an 18 point, 16 rebound double double.

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Head to head, the over is 15-5 in the last 20 meetings, the favorite is 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings and the Rockets are 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings. Harden had 29 points and seven assists in Game 3, when Paul fouled out after only 30 minutes, finishing with 17 points and six assists.

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.

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Minnesota dug itself a 2-0 series hole as they couldn't come up with the critical plays in Game 1 and couldn't buy a bucket in Game 2.

"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". Do the Timberwolves have what it takes to even up the series at home? They should expect Mike D'Antoni to construct a comeback based on serious contributions from James Harden and Chris Paul. Houston never made Minnesota uncomfortable in game 3, and must increase the pressure and intensity in game 4.

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But Minnesota's win was about more than their big three scorers. However, despite two wins, the Rockets have been a little slow out of the gate in round 1. 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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