How do Rockets match up against Jazz?

  • How do Rockets match up against Jazz?

How do Rockets match up against Jazz?

So how did Houston do against the Jazz this season?

For Utah to hang in this series, they're going to have to find a way to reel in Houston's three point shooting.

James Harden takes Donovan Mitchell one-on-one and hits a contested 3-pointer in the fourth quarter.

Even Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni seemed to have some sympathy for Utah's defense as it failed to slow down the MVP favorite. "But James is James".

"He's got to stay aggressive", Jazz coach Quin Snyder said of Mitchell pregame. "It's hard to give him credit to all the things he does". You may think that Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday and crew could certainly still make a series of it.

It wasn't all Harden, of course. That includes a 56-point, 13-assist show on November 5, when Harden was 19-of-25 from the field, which would probably be the best individual performance in the league this season if not for his 60-point triple-double against the Orlando Magic. Clint Capela had a double-double (16 points, 12 rebounds) and P.J. Tucker added 15 points. Four of Houston's five wins in these playoffs have been by 14 points or more.

Going up against a team like Houston is never easy, especially with all the shooters they have on their roster. Utah scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter to get within 86-75, but Harden made three free throws over the next minute to end the run.

Utah tied for first in the league in the regular season by allowing just 99.8 points per game, but the Rockets averaged 116.3 points against the Jazz in a 4-0 sweep of the season series.

The Cavaliers pulled down 11 offensive rebounds in the first half and in shot a respectable 54.8 per cent in the half, but their 31 attempts from the floor were 17 fewer than Cleveland's.

After surrendering just one turnover in the first half Cleveland coughed up seven, leading to 10 Pacers points in the third period. Just before halftime, the Rockets had pushed that lead to 27.

That was the most important stretch of Harden's masterpiece performance in the top-seeded Rockets' series-opening 110-96 victory.

Donovan Mitchell, starting at point guard in place of injured Ricky Rubio and reserve Jae Crowder, scored 21 apiece for the Jazz. For the first time in the postseason Gobert failed to record a blocked shot. In contrast, the Jazz were a little sloppier, giving it up 15.2 times a night against the Thunder. They had an emotional high on Friday night when they ousted the Thunder and then had short rest before their Sunday afternoon road trip to Houston. The Rockets were a flawless 3-0 at the Toyota Center in the opening round and will try to take a 2-0 series advantage here over the Jazz.