PBT Extra Preview: Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Houston Rockets

  • PBT Extra Preview: Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Houston Rockets

PBT Extra Preview: Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Houston Rockets

Harden scored 13 fourth-quarter points, including 10 straight to give the Rockets a 99-91 lead with just more than three minutes to play. It worked - for the first time since 2004 the Timberwolves are in the postseason.

The Pacers cruised to an 18-point road victory in Game 1, taking control of this series.

The schedule is set for the first round of the NBA Playoffs as the Minnesota Timberwolves will take on the Houston Rockets.

Houston Rockets added Chris Paul at the start of the season and ended with a franchise-best tally of 65 wins and home court advantage for the playoffs.

Minnesota will have to try to slow down an extremely fast Rockets team, who averaged 112.4 points per game this season, just second in the National Basketball Association to Golden State. Score more points than them, sure, that's it. Andrew Wiggins is a stud for the games he shows up and plays focused. Karl-Anthony Towns averages 21.3 points plus 12.3 rebounds, Jamal Crawford adds 10.3 points a night, Jimmy Butler kicks in a team leading 22.2 points and 5.3 rebounds while Jeff Teague adds 14.2 points plus seven assists a contest: he returned to the lineup January 10 after missing seven games with a sprained MCL. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 109.5 points on 47.6 percent shooting and allowing 107.3 points on 47.5 percent shooting.

The Minnesota Timberwolves look to build on their momentum after winning five of their last seven games to clinch a playoff spot on Wednesday. Towns had 12 rebounds and two assists.

Houston Rockets guard James Harden is bound for the first MVP award of his career this season. Butler suffered a torn meniscus against the Rockets February 23: he underwent surgery on the 25 and returned April 6 against the Lakers. Eric Gordon (ankle) is probable.

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.

There's really no "key to the game" against a team like the Rockets. Minnesota's defense has struggled this year, and unless they pick it up, they could be swept by the NBA's most electric offensive team.