HOUSTON – Well, even though the Jazz has succeeded in forcing James Harden.
It's about the only thing that succeeded in producing Jazz at the loss of Game 1 of the Week at the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. And even though that does not end.
He went to the right and then went right into the paint where he passed it to open the shooters or found Clint Capela for lobs. Harden finished with 29 points, including 17 of the first half, while the Rockets played 122-90 in the Jazz to win a 1-0 lead series.
122 points are worrisome. The 90 is more.
In the early fourth quarter, Donovan Mitchell placed a 3-pointer from 30 feet – the ball hit the top of the backboard. That is not the only Jazz asset to end the desperation. Outside the mini-rallies to start second and third quarters, Utah's offense is often noticed by Houston's ever-moving defensive move.
Good properties are small and far between the Jazz battle to create space. Houston's defense forces are separated from ownership ̵
Utah earned just 39 percent from the field and only 7-of-27 from the 3-point range.
Before the game, Houston coach Mike D & # 39; Antoni gave a simple solution to a couple of results between two teams in the regular season: One team played well and the one is playing poorly. No more will they take away from them.
So just Sunday is a Jazz case that does not play well? Or is the Jazz for a short series just against a better team?
Time is to say – and Quin Snyder never won a Game 1 – but it certainly felt more like late on Sunday.
Mitchell never really earned Graduated and finished with 19 points in 7-of-18 shooting. Rudy Gobert had 22 points and 12 rebounds, Ricky Rubio had 15 points and six assists and Derrick Favors finished with 13 points.
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