Houston Rockets vs Minnesota Timberwolves Gm 4 Live stream 2018 NBA PLAYOFFS
We have some great playoff action as the Minnesota Timberwolves host the Houston Rockets in this important Gm 4 playoff match up. Watch the live stream here on TNT. Houston is up in the series 2-1. But the Timberwolves are coming on strong at home. They have some bite in their game for sure. Giving James Harden the perceived NBA MVP more than he can handle .
Before the playoff started NBA fans and talking heads were looking forward to the game to end all games :). The dominant and convincing Rockets vs the the ailing but gold standard Golden State Warriors. But not so fast my friend. We have a very competitive and fun series here. Game on.
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Minnesota a match up problem for the Rockets?
James harden started this game 11-39 from the field. All world James Harden aka the beard was 0-7 for his first 7 shots with 6 minutes to go in the 2nd half. Minnesota is switching up different players on him. With so many athletic good defensive players such as Jimmy Butler and Andrew Wiggins. With a nice big guy like Carl Anthony Towns to deter the points in the paint from both Harden and Chris Paul. By throwing Harden off his game Houston is in serious trouble.
Playoff James Harden?
We have heard of playoff Rondo but how about playoff Harden. Playoff Rondo is a good thing but playoff Harden is known to be atrocious compared to the beast that we know during the regular season. Starting this game out 0-7. He has since caught fire and he is the normal dangerous Beard. 4-7 in his last 11 shots with 2 three pointers. Missing closely on a few other shots.
Physical Playoff Action: 50-49 Halftime
We have some very physical , fast pace, and exciting playoff action from the Timberwolves and Rockets. The referees are letting them play. The Timberwolves are known for being hard nose with a coach like Tom Thibodeau. The Rockets are new to this defense stuff but they have grown up in it this season. Being one of the best defensive teams in the league.
Keys to the Game for Houston 2nd Half
These are my keys for the game for the Houston Rockets in the 2nd Half. Get the ball moving a few times first. Tire the Timberwolves out. If there is no open shots. Get the ball into Harden or Chris Pauls hands with about 15 seconds to go in the shot clock to create offense.
As has worked all season. Keep firing up the Threes!!! Chris Paul is going to have to be there to give some offense when Playoff Harden cannot.
Keys to the Game for Minnesota 2nd Half
For the Timberwolves the keys to the game for the 2nd Half are this. Stay aggressive , physical, and keep giving that team effort. Derrick Rose keep giving that great Energy off the bench. He is 5 of 8 so far with 11 points off the bench. Leading all Timberwolves in scoring. He is looking good!
They do need to be careful with the up and down pace but without having players known as great consistent scorers that might be their best chance at winning. The only danger in that is if you miss. Chris Paul and the Rockets will push it up the floor to spot up for threes getting great looks.
The other part of the Timberwolves keys to winning in the 2nd half is. Their center Carl Anthony Towns banging down low and getting the Rockets in foul trouble. Giving the Timberwolves some easy buckets. Forcing the Rockets to doubleteam him so that he can pass the ball to open teamworks for easy buckets and open shots.