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Mike D'Antoni not worried about Houston's turnover rate despite Chris Paul's concern Mike D'Antoni and Chris Paul disagree about Houston's turnover rate being problematic, but it's the coach who's stressing it's no big deal.
Houston Rockets vs. Utah Jazz Game 3 preview The playoffs are such a weird animal. We now live in the era of "What have you done for me lately?" So every game gets over-analyzed to the extreme. After a team wins a playoff game, it becomes impossible to see them losing again. They're riding sky high and have just defeated the team they are about to play again.
Rockets eager to face Jazz's home crowd as series moves to Utah >>>See more game action from the Rockets' Game 2 win over the Jazz in the first-round playoff series… As much as the Rockets believed the home crowd will help the Jazz get going in the series, they also seemed to look forward to returning to that atmosphere, long considered among the NBA's toughest for road teams.
Rockets promote 2 members of front office The Rockets on Friday promoted Rafael Stone and Eli Witus, key members of the team's front office with Stone adding the executive vice president of basketball operations title and duties to his role as general counsel and Witus becoming assistant general manager, in addition to his work as executive vice president of basketball operations.
Rockets aim to reduce turnovers in Game 3 Soon after the Rockets completed their second rout of the Jazz, Chris Paul said there were ways the Rockets would have to play better and pointed to the 18 turnovers in Game 2.
Kyle Korver Sends Strong Message To Jazz After Going Down 0-2 vs. Rockets After going down 0-2 against the Houston Rockets in their first round playoff series, Kyle Korver calls for the Utah Jazz to rise up to the challenge.
Donovan Mitchell Calls Himself Out After Blowout Wins By Rockets Utah Jazz shooting guard Donovan Mitchell struggled in Games 1 and 2 against the Houston Rockets in the team's first round series. The Jazz's leading scorer shot 12-of-37 in the first two games combined. Mitchell knows he has to bring more energy and play better on offense in Games 3 and 4 at home for Utah to get back in the series.
Rockets face challenge of hostile Utah crowd in Game 3 Up 2-0, Houston enters Salt Lake City, where rabid Jazz fans have been known to go after opposing superstars.
A Good Friday for Basketball? Speaking of which, it's interesting to me that Easter Weekend, despite often falling during the NBA playoffs isn't The Thing that NBA Christmas Day has become in terms of hyped matchups, and publicity. I suspect it is to do partly with the ongoing etiolation of Easter as a major holiday in the USA.
Houston Rockets: A look at last year's playoff games in Utah The Houston Rockets have looked utterly dominant in the first two games of their series against the Utah Jazz. They are locked in and focused, ready to "Run It Back," as they've advertised throughout the year, against the Warriors in the near future. To do that, they still must finish off Utah two more times.
The Rockets look the part of a championship team, but will they pull it off? The two-time defending champs. The team that has won three out of the last four titles. The team that won 73 games in 2016.
Warriors, Rockets on collision course It’s hardly jumping the gun to anticipate a Warriors-Houston showdown — and it would come in the next playoff round.
Shaq lists Hakeem Olajuwon in his all-time starting five It's an immense show of respect from a guy not always known for respecting his competition, though to be fair, Shaq almost always referred to Hakeem as one of his idols throughout his career.
Shaq heaps praise on Rockets legend Hakeem Olajuwon on Sunday TODAY Shaquille O'Neal had high praise for Rockets legend Hakeem Olajuwon when he was a guest on Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist, which airs this Sunday. Geist asked O'Neal to list his all-time NBA starting five. "Kobe and Mike, that's the one and the two," O'Neal said.
Mitchell vows to be more aggressive vs. Rockets Mitchell has put much of the blame on his shoulders for the Rockets jumping out to insurmountable leads in the first two games of the series, calling himself out for playing too passively, particularly in Game 2.
Keys to Game 3 in Rockets vs. Jazz playoff series HOUSTON - The Rockets have taken a 2-0 series lead over the Jazz after two blowout wins at the Toyota Center. Now, they hit the road to play at one of the toughest environments in the NBA. The Rockets' plan is to take things one game at a time and focus on themselves.
Rockets know they still have work to do on defense "We're coming from a good stuff, but to remain there, we have to clean up some stuff." That begins with understanding that things can change with the venue as coaches have reminded since Riley and the Lakers were on their way to a championship before any Rockets player was born.
Rockets promote Rafael Stone and Eli Witus to higher front office roles The Houston Rockets announced today that the team has promoted Rafael Stone to Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Counsel, and Eli Witus to Assistant General Manager and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations. "We are very fortunate to have Rafael and Eli," said GM Daryl Morey.
Rockets Can Go 10 Deep in the Playoffs But, in 2019, something has happened. The Rockets have managed to expand their playoff rotations with very little drop off, which could bode well the deeper they go. They have been afforded that luxury certainly thanks to large leads in both games against the Jazz, but there is more to it than that.
Utah Jazz: 3 takeaways from Game 2 vs. Rockets But perhaps the biggest thing that the Jazz need to try and focus on is trying to hold Harden in check for the remainder of the series to try and steal a couple of games from the MVP front-runner and the Rockets if that indeed happens.
Georgia Tech #ProJackets Basketball In Utah,… That and more in this edition of the Georgia Tech #ProJackets Basketball Report. Favors scored 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a 118-98 loss to the Houston Rockets, leaving the Utah Jazz down by 2 games in their first-round series.
NBA Power Rankings: James Harden, Houston Rockets Blasting Their Way to the Top For this edition of NBA power rankings, we'll be prisoners of the moment a bit more than we were during the regular season. There's this idea that the playoffs are when teams' true quality is revealed. Weaknesses get exploited, strengths show more starkly, and we see each club operating with tighter rotations and greater effort.
Rudy Gobert Admits To The One Area That The Jazz Needs To Work On The Utah Jazz is in trouble. Already the underdogs in their first round match-up against the Houston Rockets, they find themselves quickly down two games to none. Utah will need a strong showing at home just to tie the series. Both teams are very talented.
Rockets bench comes through in first 2 games of playoffs The Rockets were last in scoring off the bench during the regular season. But as with most things in the first two games of the playoffs, their reserves have outplayed the Jazz in the first two games of the series. The Rockets have outscored the Jazz off the bench, 32.5 to 28 points per game.
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