D'Antoni: Rockets 'out of rhythm' after resting players late season

D'Antoni: Rockets 'out of rhythm' after resting players late season

Jeff Teague went off for 23 points and eight assists on 9-of-14 shooting. Targeting the T-Wolves tonight depends on which team you feel shows up on both sides of this game.

Bench play - It seems unusual to say, but the Timberwolves' bench has outplayed their Rockets counterparts in two out of the three games. Trailing 2-1, it's safe to say that the team's ability to win the series will either be renewed or wither completely with the result of Monday night's Game 4. Tip-off is at 6:30.

As it turns out, Oklahoma City has not only failed to come back from a 3-1 series deficit, in their history, they've ended up going down in five games in each of the four instances in which they've fallen 3-1. The Rockets are 0-5 ATS in their last five road games while the Timberwolves are 3-1-1 ATS in their last five home games and I expect those trends to continue here. Harden had 29 points and seven assists in Game 3, when Paul fouled out after only 30 minutes, finishing with 17 points and six assists.

"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". Coach Mike D'Antoni stated that he felt that the team hadn't played up to its full potential since the middle of March. While Towns had a much better performance in Game 3, he still struggled with his shot, going just 5-of-13 from the field. Minnesota outscored Houston 35-24 in the third quarter to extend a one-point halftime lead and never looked back. The Timberwolves are battling but they'll need Towns to play more like he did in Game 3 as compared to the first two contests.

The Wolves' 15 3-pointers on 55.6 percent shooting was an anomaly, so they'll likely have to figure out a way to beat the Rockets in Game 4 without an elite 3-point shooting performance.

If Minnesota had a puncher's chance of staggering mighty Houston, it would most logically occur via an explosion by the Wolves' fourth-ranked offense - more specifically, via the heroics of Karl-Anthony Towns.

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