They should also limit the Western Conference top seeds from shooting three's - they are one of two teams to have recorded over 1,000 three-pointers this season and they have also scored twice as many three's than the Timberwolves per game.
Ahead of the highly anticipated first round clash between Houston Rockets and Minnesota Timberwolves, let us take an in-depth look at how both teams stack up. Led by Jimmy Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, this isn't exactly an easy draw for the Rockets.
The first game tips off at 8 PM from Houston tomorrow night.
Houston kept All-Star big man Towns in check, limiting him to just eight points after he'd averaged 21.3 in leading the Wolves to their first playoff appearance since 2004.
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While Minnesota possesses more talent than the average 8-seed, beating the Rockets four times in seven games is almost impossible, especially when considering they lost only three games with James Harden, Clint Capela and Paul in the lineup during the regular season. He's done all this while leading the Rockets to the best record in the National Basketball Association and top seed in the Western Conference. Also, combine the Timberwolves road scoring with the Rockets home scoring and you get 222 points per game. The Timberwolves haven't been to the playoffs since the 2003-04 season. Minnesota is 24 in rebounding with 42 boards a night and 18 in assists by dishing out 22.7 dimes per contest. Minnesota has to get production from Gorgui Dieng, Derrick Rose, Taj Gibson (12.2 points, 7.1 rebounds), Tyus Jones and Nemanja Bjelica as their bench group. Minnesota must play tight defense and hope that the Rockets go cold from the three-point line, while they need to shoot well from 3-point range themselves.
What can be said about the Houston Rockets that hasn't already been written about?
The Rockets are above average offensively: they are 2 in the league with 112.4 points per game.
The Wolves are hung tough, and had a chance to tie the game in the closing seconds, but the Rockets escaped with a three-point win. Capela had 20 points and 10 rebounds at halftime, but was limited in the second half and added just four more points and two rebounds. While it's fair to say that the Rockets had most teams' numbers this season, the fact remains that it's hard to argue with a sweep.