The Rockets have outscored the Timberwolves by a total of 45 points in those two quarters.
There are more empty seats in the lower bowl tonight that ever seen at a Thunder playoff game. There’s not a lot, but the fact it’s not packed full says enough.
Westbrook short-arms a runner over Gobert for an airball, and then fouls him with Utah in the bonus some 80 feet from the basket. It’s been that kind of series lately for Westbrook.
Utah wings Joe Ingles and Jae Crowder nearly outscored the Thunder by themselves in the first quarter, putting up 24 points and going a combined 7-for-9 from beyond the arc.
Utah is getting on-demand corner 3s. And drilling them. They’re leveraging OKC’s overloaded, aggressive pick-and-roll defense to pull the baseline help up, and making the simple pass to an open shooter. The Thunder’s backside defense has been an issue all series, with an apparent solution.
The Rockets finish off the Timberwolves in five games. Clint Capela caps his big series with a 26-point, 15-rebound night. Jimmy Butler scores only eight points and sits the entire fourth quarter.
James Harden: It’s a pretty good step for us, a step in the right direction, but we have a long way to go.
There was a lot of glaring and bickering among the Timberwolves during the timeout after James Harden blew by Taj Gibson and drove for an uncontested dunk.
The Houston Texans basically sat out free agency last year after losing out on the A.J. Bouye bidding war, despite the fact that they gave Cleveland draft value for taking on a Brock Osweiler contract. After a holdout in 2017, left tackle Duane Brown was traded to the Seattle Seahawks, opening another hole on the roster.
Why they traded Brown when they spent draft value to clear up unused cap space is still a mystery, but it has led to their current offensive tackle situation. The three names to watch in Houston this year are Julie’n Davenport, a second-year player out of Bucknell, Seantrel Henderson, who has started one game in the last two years, and Martinas Rankin, a rookie third-round pick.
As far as NFL bookend pairings go, the Texans might have the worst this season. With Deshaun Watson, a starting quarterback coming off an ACL tear, in the backfield, this should have been a red flag. This issue should have been addressed by now. Instead, Houston will roll the dice on cheaper options.
The Indianapolis Colts are going to need to rely on T.Y. Hilton early and often this year. Hilton, who has 6,827 career receiving yards, is light-years ahead of the rest of his peers in Indianapolis’ receiver room.