Mike D'Antoni: 'We haven't played a meaningful game since January'

Posted April 24, 2018

The Houston Rockets may be the top seed in the Western Conference and up 2-1 in their first round series against the Minnesota Timberwolves, but that doesn't mean coach Mike D'Antoni is happy.

The Houston Rockets would have been so confident after taking care of business in the first two games of the series but Game 3 was a different story as the Rockets lost by 121-105.

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If every one of those pieces ignites at the same time, as the Rockets manage to post yet another disinterested game, the Timberwolves really could make it through to the second round.

"It's been a long time", Harden said regarding Houston's lack of rhythm, according to ESPN.

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But it was the Rockets' defense that failed them on Saturday as the Timberwolves looked more like the Rockets from distance, hitting 15-of-27 (55.6 percent) of their three-pointers while shooting 50 percent from the field.

Clint Capela vs Karl-Anthony Towns - After his outstanding 24-point Game 1, Capela has been a less involved part of the Rockets offense over the past couple of games. Although, the Rockets have yet to play their best basketball in their first three postseason games. Four starters had three or more assists seven players had multiple assists. With a hostile crowd behind the Timberwolves' newfound confidence, a great start is exactly what the Rockets need to regain control of this series in Game 4. Jimmy Butler had 28 points, Jeff Teague 23 (he outplayed Paul) and Thornhill, Ontario's Andrew Wiggins 20 points, five rebounds and five assists. The Rockets will have to play tougher and smarter if they want to bounce back in game 4. 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. In victories this season, they're averaging 115 points on 47 percent shooting, while allowing just 101.8 points.

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The year prior, we saw the Rockets beat the Clippers in a playoff series that essentially ended up being the last stand for Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, but prior to that, it was 10 years since we'd seen a team pull off the accomplishment.