Published: Mon, April 23, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

NBA Playoffs 2018: Houston Rockets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Game 4 live stream

NBA Playoffs 2018: Houston Rockets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Game 4 live stream

For the first time since May 29, 2004, the fifth game of the Western Conference finals against the Los Angeles Lakers, the National Basketball Association playoffs descended on downtown Minneapolis. The Rockets' three point shooting has been even worse as they are hitting a paltry 31.5 percent from beyond the arc: they hit 69.6 percent at the charity stripe. Game 4 is Monday night.

The Timberwolves were desperately waiting for Karl-Anthony Towns to show up in this series and he arrived in game 3.

The Rockets got 46 points from their All-Star backcourt of James Harden and Chris Paul, but only 17 points from the other three starters combined.

If there's one takeaway from the Minnesota Timberwolves convincing Game 3 victory against the Houston Rockets (that averted a serious 3-0 deficit), is their scintillating 3-point shooting.

The Timberwolves rank 17th in assists per game (22.7) while the Rockets rank 27th (21.4). Houston pulled out a 104-101 win in the series opener last Sunday at home and followed up with a 104-84 home win in Game 2 Wednesday night.

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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.

After totaling only 13 points over the first two games and being challenged to be more aggressive by everyone from TNT analyst Charles Barkley to Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau, Towns was constantly double-teamed by the switch-heavy Rockets and didn't attempt a shot in the first quarter.

Harden, who had 44 points in Game 1 but lost his rainbow jumper in Game 2 and finished only 2 for 18 from the floor for 12 points, wasn't a whole lot sharper in Game 3. During the regular season, Houston won 11 games in which it trailed by double digits, including at Minnesota on February 13 when the deficit reached 13 points in the third quarter of a 126-108 victory. And heading back to Houston with a 2-2 series tie would be a massive win. Jimmy Butler led the Timberwolves with 28 points in the win.

The total has gone under in six of Houston's last seven games.

Houston has struggled to put together a complete performance over 48 minutes in the postseason. He hopes the team can get back to playing the way they did in the majority of the regular season here to head home up 3-1 in the series. Houston must play tougher defense in game 4 if they want to leave Minnesota with a 3-1 lead. The two former Chicago Bulls just need to keep it going in order to keep this one close.

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