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Massive Line Move Makes 'Over' Right NBA Pick For Jazz-Rockets

Massive Line Move Makes 'Over' Right NBA Pick For Jazz-Rockets”

Each Utah Jazz player offered different explanations, with no excuses, for the 122-90 loss to the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of their first-round series, but the 32-point loss was a significant one in franchise history whether they were aware or not.

Of course, for the Rockets to advance in the playoffs, James Harden, Chris Paul and Clint Capela will need to be playing at a high-level, but after the heartbreaking last-second loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, Gordon's impact can not be underestimated for both the good and the bad. "We're going to live with that", said Jokic. They'll look to get redemption this season, but they'll first have to get through a tough Jazz team.

"He was wide open, I think it's a great shot for us". Only Utah ranked above Houston in defensive efficiency since the All-Star break, as the Rockets allowed only 105.3 points per possession during that span, a major factor in the Rockets' league-best 20-5 finish.

Asked what adjustments he had in mind for Game 2, Malone said simply, "Make shots". If he does, that would force coach Quin Snyder to roll Donovan Mitchell over to point guard. Makes a lot of sense, for all the reasons we've already talked about. "We just have to be more determined in those situations".

For the Jazz, Rudy Gobert led the team with 22 points, 12 rebounds and one assist.

In the end, some of it was an incredible Houston team doing what it does - Harden making big shots, and finding Clint Capela (16 points, 12 rebounds) for lobs, and hitting Eric Gordon (17 points, 3-for-5 3-point shooting) in the corner. He is averaging 36.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 7.5 assists.

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The Rockets also played stellar defense helping hold the Jazz to 30-of-77 shooting and 7-of-27 from the three-point line.

Ricky Rubio, who missed the West semifinal series between these teams last season due to injury, added 15 points and six assists for the Jazz.

In October, Gordon averaged 14 points a game, the lowest out of any month this season, while shooting a terrible 23.4% from behind the three-point line, and it is no coincidence that Houston was an abysmal 1-5.

It also mattered little to the San Antonio Spurs, who beat the Denver Nuggets 101-96 in Game 1 of their Western Conference playoff series Saturday night.

The Jazz remained steadily behind as all five of Houston's starters scored in double-digits with two players notching double-doubles.



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