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Rockets: Ryan Anderson’s potential impact in Game 3

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MARCH 18: Ryan Anderson
(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MARCH 18: Ryan Anderson (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

The Rockets will be getting a familiar face back for Saturday’s game against the Timberwolves…

The Houston Rockets are up 2-0 in their series with the Minnesota Timberwolves. They have also been without stretch big Ryan Anderson for the first two games.

The team was able to do just fine without him, but his impact could be great for Game 3. The bench of the Rockets, minus Gerald Green, hasn’t shot very well, so getting Ryno back should help there.

In this post, we’ll be talking about a few things that Ryno will do to impact the game on Saturday. He is slated to play Game 3 after narrowly missing Game 2.

Let’s start with the biggest one and an interesting storyline:

Road Ryno

The home and road shooting splits for Ryan Anderson are still astounding to me. He continued the trend this season and was a much better shooter (and player) on the road.

Overall, he shot 34.4% from deep at Toyota Center this year. On the road, though, he shot 42.2% and was lights out.

Why? The world may never know. Ryno just cannot shoot as well in Houston for whatever reason. Game 3, thankfully for him, will be in Minnesota. That brings us to our next point…

Success against the Timberwolves

Ryan Anderson had a great game in Minnesota earlier this season. In that game, he shot 6/10 from 3 and helped contribute to an 18-point win.

The other game in Minny this season, he shot 4/5 from 3 and put in 14 points.

In short, Ryno has been a monster in the Target Center. Hopefully, that carries over into the playoffs.

Bench help

The Rockets so far in the first two games are shooting just 29% (26/89). Having Ryan Anderson come off the bench and stretch the floor should help that number improve throughout the rest of the series and the postseason.

Whenever he plays with James Harden and Chris Paul, too, it will give them more room to operate as the T-Wolves will have to respect the shot of Ryno. Look for that to be a big part of the gameplan for Game 3.

It’s looking almost certain that Ryno plays in Game 3. We’ll have to see officially if he does, though, on Saturday.

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