The Houston Rockets dropped their first game of the series last night as they were going for the sweep over the Utah Jazz. Can they recover and get the win on Wednesday on their home court?
The Houston Rockets were going for their first sweep of a seven-game series since the 1995 NBA Finals last night. Unfortunately, the Jazz had no interest in being swept and came out with a fire, especially in the fourth quarter. They beat the Rockets 107-91 in a game that Houston had a real chance of winning heading into the final frame.
After three quarters, the Rockets were up 79-76. It was then that the bench unit, unfortunately, let the game get a bit out of control. Utah seized all of the momentum and when James Harden finally checked back in, it was a bit too late.
A sweep would have been nice, but it’s all good. The Rockets will have a chance to finish off the Jazz in Toyota Center on Wednesday night. There are a lot of overreactions to one road loss in a hostile environment, but let’s save those overreactions for another time.
Rockets dominance over Jazz in Houston
For those with a short memory, the Rockets absolutely dominated the Jazz in the first two games of this series in Houston. They won by an average of 26 points and Utah looked like a completely different team than these games on their home floor.
Salt Lake City was an extremely hostile environment and the role players for the Jazz were hitting their shots. Jae Crowder had 23 points, for goodness’ sake. The Rockets minus a few struggled big time. Clint Capela, Kenneth Faried, Danuel House and Gerald Green had off nights, to name a few.
There is no need to worry, yet. The Rockets should be able to take care of business on Wednesday. The only real negative that this has on the team is that they will now likely get the same amount of rest as the Warriors, assuming they win tonight.