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16 Апреля 2018, 01:46 | Joan Schultz

Commentary: Will Rockets continue to launch into playoffs?

James Harden

Harden finished with 44 points and eight assists, carrying the Rockets to a 1-0 series lead. It worked - for the first time since 2004 the Timberwolves are in the postseason. Jimmy Butler is averaging 22.2 points and 4.9 assists while Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 21.3 points and 12.3 rebounds.

The first game tips off at 8 PM from Houston tomorrow night.

The top-seeded Houston Rockets commence their 2018 NBA Playoffs run tonight against the Minnesota Timberwolves, one of the better eight seeds in recent memory thanks to an absolutely stacked Western Conference. The Rockets had the NBA's best regular season record at 65-17 and won all four meetings with the Wolves handily. Harden took over after that, scoring the last six points of the quarter to leave Houston up 76-72 entering the fourth.

Then Khris Middleton forced overtime with an absurd 3-pointer at the buzzer that barely got off his fingertips in time.

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The Minnesota Timberwolves broke the longest current playoff drought in the National Basketball Association this past Wednesday, ending a 13-year absence with a 112-106 overtime victory over the Denver Nuggets. They will have home court advantage during the seven-game series against the Timberwolves, who made the playoffs for the first time in 13 years. Towns had 12 rebounds and two assists. The Houston Rockets are averaging 112.4 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 103.9 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Andrew Wiggins is a stud for the games he shows up and plays focused.

If the Timberwolves are going to upset the Rockets, they will likely need a big series from Butler. Capela had 20 points and 10 rebounds at halftime, but was limited in the second half and added just four more points and two rebounds. Houston is 1 in the league with 15.3 threes a night while the team is tied for 13 by shooting 36.2 percent from long range this season. While it's fair to say that the Rockets had most teams' numbers this season, the fact remains that it's hard to argue with a sweep.

Apart from being at their best offensively, they will have to devise a plan to hold down Harden, who is key for the Rockets' offense.

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