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The difficulty was raised in the 2nd round.

NBA: Playoffs-Utah Jazz at Houston Rockets Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

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4th quarter

Utah Jazz 96 - Houston Rockets 110

The Utah Jazz won the last two quarters of this game after their atrocious 1st half start. There’s some things to work on—a lot of things—but Utah’s play in the second half should be encouraging. One thing to keep an eye on is Donovan Mitchell’s ankle. Hopefully that doesn’t flare up.


3rd Quarter

Utah Jazz 68 - Houston Rockets 86

The Utah Jazz won that quarter through the play of Dante Exum and Alec Burks. Raul Neto even got some action in that quarter. Utah might have found something with Dante Exum off ball with Raul Neto. The defense has stepped up a tich and the Jazz look like they belong on the same court as these guys. It probably isn’t going to matter much in this game, but if Utah can find their Rubio replacement in this game, it’ll prove to be worth all the pain and suffering of a blowout.


2nd Quarter

Utah Jazz 39 - Houston Rockets 64

James Harden is going off. He already has 20 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists. Chris Paul is also going off, he has 14 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists. The Utah Jazz defense is a mess. They’re struggling to shut down space. Houston is repeatedly, possession after possession, getting the matchup that they want. Rudy Gobert doesn’t even look like he’s arrived to Houston.

Dante Exum has played some strong minutes in this game, but that’s about it. Not a lot to salvage from that terrible first half.


1st Quarter

Utah Jazz 21 - Houston Rockets 34

Well ... that didn’t go well. We had said that the 1st game of this series would probably be a fact finding mission for this Jazz coaching staff as they figure out how to adjust without Rubio and this Rockets buzzsaw. The first half couldn’t have gone any worse for Utah. Alec Burks was 0-4 as he got the first burn and tried to replace Ricky Rubio’s minutes. Dante Exum will probably be next up in the Ricky Rubio replacement tryouts in the second half.

Donovan Mitchell was the only Jazz player able to create his own offense. Jae crowder came off the bench and has hit a few threes, but he’s been struggling on the defensive end. Utah is going to be looking not to get blown out in this game. Houston has the talent of OKC with the discipline of Utah. Can Utah’s defense put the clamps down?


Pregame


Game Info

When: 1:30MT • Sunday April 29th, 2018

Where: Vivint Arena • Salt Lake City, Utah

TV: ABC, AT&T Sports Net - Rocky Mountain

Radio: 1280 AM/97.5 FM The Zone, ESPN Radio

Injuries:

Utah Jazz:

Thabo Sefolosha - Knee - Out for season

Ricky Rubio - Hamstring - Out for 10 days

Houston Rockets:

Luc Mbah a Moute - Shoulder - Upgraded to Active


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