Thursday, 24 May, 2018

Minnesota Timberwolves: 3 takeaways from Game 3 vs. Rockets

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Michele Schwartz | 24 April, 2018, 04:17

That number plummeted to 102.3 points per 100 possessions in the seven regular-season games after Houston clinched the top overall seed, a statistic skewed by occasionally resting key players down the stretch. Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns combined for just 37 points in the first two games in Houston, but Butler exploded for 28 points, seven rebounds and five assists on Saturday. Since the 16-team playoff format was adopted in 1983-84, this is the first time the Rockets have been the West's No. 1 seed. James Harden had a quiet 29 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists, while Chris Paul had 17 points and six assists.

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.

But it might have been Rose that got the Target Center most excited, showing burst and athleticism not often seen since his knees started failing him en route to 17 points in just 21 minutes off the bench. The Rockets will have to play tougher and smarter if they want to bounce back in game 4. The T'Wolves trail the Rockets two games to one in the series.

Bench play - It seems odd to say, but the Timberwolves' bench has outplayed their Rockets counterparts in two out of the three games. Jeff Teague chipped in with 23 points to help Minnesota grab its first postseason victory in 14 years.

For the Rockets, it's a concerning loss in a series where they haven't looked great in their wins.

"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". And head coach Mike D'Antoni knows why. 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. As a team, the Timberwolves shot 50 percent from the field and 15 of 27 from the three-point line but this win was all about effort and desperation and it was clear that the Timberwolves simply needed the win more.

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