As the series shifts to Utah, the Rockets must get refocused and look to improve their defense.
The Houston Rockets were defeated by the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night to even the series at 1-1. The Rockets will look to steal one or two games on the road as the series moves to Utah.
The defense for Houston was the downfall last time out. They allowed the Jazz to score whenever they wanted, even though Utah is not a particularly great offensive team.
For them to win tonight, they’ll have to be more sound defensively. That starts with not allowing Ingles, one of the best shooters in the league, to have open 3s. That’s just a recipe for disaster.
Let’s look at some injury news:
Ricky Rubio remains out for the Jazz, as he has for the first three games. He could possibly be back later in the series, but for now, he is too hurt to play.
There are no concerning injuries for the Rockets.
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How the Rockets can win
Houston’s offense, along with their defense, could use some improving. They have had little to no production from their bench this series so far. Eric Gordon and/or Ryan Anderson need to step it up and hit some shots.
Clint Capela has done a pretty good job against Rudy Gobert. Arguably, he has outplayed him in the series. That will need to continue tonight in Utah.
The Rockets have all the ability in the world to outscore the Jazz. They need to recognize that and blow them away tonight. A blowout victory could be a real tide-turner in this series.
Let’s go out there and take a 2-1 series lead tonight, Houston! Tune in at 9:30 p.m. CT on ESPN!