Clint Capela Playing Key Role As Rockets Take Flight

Arnold Nichols
May 11, 2018

Paul is normally reticent to discuss his past playoff failures, but the nine-time All-Star was candid about that particular letdown when he was interviewed on TNT moments after Houston took a 3-1 lead over the Utah Jazz with a 100-87 win in Game 5. It wasn't the most convincing offensive performance from the Rockets.

Davis committed six turnovers and Rondo four for the Pelicans, while Nikola Mirotic grabbed 11 rebounds but missed six of seven shots for just seven points.

They seemed to benefit from being back at home and looked to be the more comfortable team shooting from the outset. That suffocating Rockets defense reduced them to just 38.6 percent shooting from the field and a mere 24 percent from downtown.

"It's do or die right now", said Jazz forward Jae Crowder.

Facing elimination, the Utah Jazz will be without two of their regulars for Game 5 against the Houston Rockets on Tuesday. I don't know how many shots I missed, but all the shots I missed were awful shots. After a remarkable rookie season, Mitchell has been shackled up pretty tightly by the Rockets' switching defense. The Houston Rockets are averaging 109.2 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 99.9 points on 45.7 percent shooting.

"It showed a lot of grit for us to come in here and win two games", Paul said. The consolation is twofold: The one victory is meaningful, and the franchise's outlook is much more encouraging than it was after the Lakers' sweep in 2010 and the Warriors' blanking last season. Where Capela has been able to hang with and actually effectively guard Donovan Mitchell and other Jazzmen on the perimeter in short spurts after switches, Gobert can not keep up with smaller guards when he's dragged out of the paint.

Exum scored nine points and had an assist in 10 minutes of action. Whether they force a Game 6 or they find themselves playing the final game of the season, there were several discouraging aspects of Game 4 that the Jazz shouldn't want to continue and become the final note of what has truly been a stupendous 2017-18 season. "We didn't do anything but get home court advantage back". "We just gotta come out with the same mentality that we had the last two games ready to compete and defend", Chris Paul added. Rockets fans are prepared to celebrate a second trip to the Western Conference Finals for the second time in four years. With such a precious milestone on the line, look for Paul to set the tone for the whole Rockets team in this closeout opportunity. Harden capped the flurry with his first basket to put the Rockets up 15-5. If there's anyone besides Mitchell who's capable of putting together a huge fantasy night, it's Jingles. Capela, in many ways, is Houston's X-factor. Golden State shot 60 percent and New Orleans shot 29 percent in the first quarter, which ended with the Warriors holding a 37-22 lead. Iguodala contributed six points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals. But then Mitchell went insane with 22 points in the third quarter and the Jazz withstood OKC's rally in the end.

Game 6 is indelible, because of the way the Jazz started wobbly after blowing a 25-point lead in Game 5 and losing Rubio in the first quarter.

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