Keys to Rockets' Game 3 against Utah Jazz
- Author: Julie Sanders May 05, 2018,
May 05, 2018, 9:49
It was Ingles' turn to lead the way in Game 2 as he scored a team-high 27 points on 10-of-13 shooting from the field while hitting 7-of-9 attempts from three-point range. While it wasn't out of the ordinary to see Houston play like it did, it was certainly disappointing for a Jazz team that had all the momentum.
"He was breaking us down", D'Antoni said, per ESPN.
"So I said: 'Why come down with it?'"
Donovan Mitchell had a very solid performance on Wednesday night as the Jazz evened the series with the Rockets with a 116-108 win in Houston to steal homecourt. He has been superb in these playoffs, with three 20-point games already (as compared to having only two in the final two months of the regular season).
The Jazz stole home court advantage in this series by defeating the Rockets at the Toyota Center in Houston.
Moving from Game 1 to 2, Jazz head coach Quinn Snyder was always going to make adjustments based off what he and his staff saw in film. Utah owns a 103-94 edge in the all-time regular season series though the Rockets swept the four game regular season series this season, capped by a 96-85 road win on February 26. "He's a handful whether he's finishing or not".
Ingles got Utah rolling with three early 3-pointers-and then he kept them in it through Houston's third-quarter run with 13 second-half points.
Mitchell's spectacular slam came at a critical moment in the game.
Before we get into any more pregame analysis, let's take a look at the information you'll need to know ahead of tip-off so you don't miss a second of the action. It was the difference between the Rockets outscoring the Jazz by 10 points on the night and the Jazz outscoring the Rockets by the same margin in a game that was decided by eight points.
The Utah Jazz have exceeded expectations all season in large part because individual players continuing to step up and provide more than expected to contributions. "He's committed to that".
The second thing defenders need to be able to do against Harden is keep up with him in pick-and-rolls. Ingles made three 3-pointers, while Favors and Gobert threw down dunks.
The Jazz were ferocious in the 18 minutes Exum saw on the night as they went on run after run and kept Houston's scorers at bay.
Once again a policeman was forced to intervene and had to go over to calm the Jazz fan down.
When Utah pulled off the league's biggest turnaround of the regular season, going 29-6 from January 25, three-point shooting wasn't a major part of their program; they were 17th in the National Basketball Association during that span in made three-pointers, averaging 10.7.