Jeff Teague said the Wolves need to push it at times to get easy buckets, but also noted, "We've got to junk up the game a little bit".
Led by MVP favorite James Harden, the Rockets also had the biggest scoring differential in the National Basketball Association at plus-8.5 points, playing underrated defense to complement the league's second-best offense. They have two All-Stars in the team - Karl-Anthony Towns and the returning Jimmy Butler. Houston, the most prolific 3-point shooting team in the league by volume, hit 69 of 159 3s in those four games for a robust 43.4 percent. Houston covered as a 7.5-point favorite and the game finished with a total of 249 points, which was 26 points above the projected point total of 223 points. They may get punched in the mouth (so to speak) but it may make the team better going forward. Even with Luc Mbah a Moute's shoulder injury and with him expected to miss the next few weeks, this team will be fine in competition with their respective opponent.
"Derrick came in and played great on both sides of the floor, got into them defensively and was scoring on the other side", Wiggins said. There's Ryan Anderson, P.J. Tucker, and Trevor Ariza.
The Minnesota Timberwolves look to build on their momentum after winning five of their last seven games to clinch a playoff spot on Wednesday. It will be up to Jimmy Butler to stop James Harden, arguably the most exciting scorer in the league.
The Rockets have emerged victorious in all four matchups against the Timberwolves this year, including a nine-point victory in their last matchup. They are tied in fourth place in terms of offensive efficiency after shooting 47.6 percent from the field - they are only behind the Warriors, Pelicans and Bucks.
Using Mike D'Antoni's high speed offense, the Rockets have been able to put up the second-most points a game at 113.2 and the most three pointers made with 1,200.
"We expect nothing but greatness from ourselves", Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns said. Essentially, it's absolutely game over when this happens.
On one hand, the Wolves didn't play their best ball and were close late in the game.
The Timberwolves will likely need to stay within double digits in order to cover the closing number, something they did just once against the Rockets during the regular season. The Western Conference is tough, and there's a chance of a long series in the early rounds for everyone.