NBA Playoffs: Breakding down the Rockets vs. Timberwolves series

Nightmare Harden Vol 2

Nightmare Harden Vol 2

Harden finished with 44 points and eight assists, carrying the Rockets to a 1-0 series lead.

Every time the Rockets pulled away, the Timberwolves found a way back into the game, getting to within three points in crunch time. Jimmy Butler is averaging 22.2 points and 4.9 assists while Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 21.3 points and 12.3 rebounds. Not only are they one of only two teams to make over 1,000 threes this season but they have made nearly twice as many threes per game as the Timberwolves have.

The Houston Rockets hope they can have the same success in the playoffs, as this team has lost just four games since January 26.

The Rockets were dominant in the regular season and won a franchise-high 65 games to finish top of the pile in the Western Conference.

Rockets: Ryan Anderson missed the game with a sprained left ankle.

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Rockets and Minessota take the court Sunday night for the first of seven games at the Toyota Center. Unlike the Rockets, they had to wait until the last day of regular season to make the playoffs for the first time since 2004. Minnesota got monster minutes from Derrick Rose. Andrew Wiggins is a stud for the games he shows up and plays focused. Towns had 12 rebounds and two assists. In this picture, Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets dribbles the ball against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., December 29, 2017.

Apart from being at their best offensively, they will have to devise a plan to hold down Harden, who is key for the Rockets' offense.

Defensively, he's going to have to play the series of his life handling Paul and Harden off the pick and roll and guarding against the lob when the Rockets' guards penetrate. Eric Gordon is the third double-digit scorer and Clint Capela is grabbing 10.8 rebounds. After a bad pass by Paul gave the Timberwolves a chance to tie it with 1.5 seconds left, Jimmy Butler's shot was short.

If Houston gets hot from downtown, it's game over for the T-Wolves. 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.

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