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Houston Rockets will try to go up 3-0 tonight on the Jazz

By Michael Knight
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 14: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets shoots the ball against the Utah Jazz during Game One of Round One of the 2019 NBA Playoffs on April 14, 2019 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 14: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets shoots the ball against the Utah Jazz during Game One of Round One of the 2019 NBA Playoffs on April 14, 2019 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Tonight is a huge night for the Houston Rockets. They are currently up 2-0 in their series against the Jazz and will try to essentially put it out of reach later tonight.

The Houston Rockets have been locked in and ready for this opening round series against the Jazz. Much like the Conference Semifinals matchup last season, the good guys have taken complete control during their wins.

This series so far, it’s on another level. They won Game 1 by 32 and Game 2 by 20. The Jazz have been completely outmatched on both ends of the court, especially with their defensive strategy against James Harden.

Still, though, we’re just two games into the series. There is still way too much time and way too many games to be played before it’s over. Houston can essentially end it tonight, though, as no one has ever come back from down 3-0 in the history of the NBA. If the Rockets come ready to play like they have the first two games, there’s a pretty big chance that happens.

James Harden playing great, of course

After one of the best seasons ever, James Harden has been feasting on the Jazz so far. He is averaging 30.5 points, 10 assists, 10.5 rebounds a game on 44% shooting and a hot 43.5% from deep. His step back is working despite the best efforts from Utah to limit his number of good shots. His 30.5 points per game is leading all players in the playoffs so far.

The Beard is going off of a year where he averaged the most points per 100 minutes ever. He’s proven himself to be one of the best scorers to ever touch a basketball and is still looking for blood in the postseason.

Gotta keep exposing the defense

The Jazz continued to force Harden to his right and into the paint. This isn’t working, though, as the role players are getting buckets so far. Ricky Rubio said after Game 1 that this will be the game plan throughout the series.

It’ll be interesting to see if they continue with that tonight despite it going so poorly. They had two days off to travel to Utah, you have to wonder if they discussed a different defensive strategy. Rudy Gobert is getting burned in the paint and Rubio himself has been getting exposed by James Harden (as per usual).

Next. A look at last year’s playoff games in Utah

We’ll see late tonight when the Rockets and the Jazz tip off at 9:30 pm CT. Can Houston take a 3-0 series lead or will Utah bounce back?

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