Jazz 107, Rockets 91

3-pointers from the Rockets loss to Utah in Game 4

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The Utah Jazz avoided elimination rallying to beat the Rockets in the fourth quarter 107-91. The Rockets still lead 3-1 and should wrap up the series on Wednesday at Toyota Center. A quick look at the game:

1) Donovan Mitchell shows up

The Jazz start scored 19 if his 31 points in the fourth quarter to close the deal. He had a rough start to the game, but came up big late. Mitchell has to be at his best for the Jazz to have a chance, and the Rockets have to not play their best. That's exactly what happened.

2) Not protecting the basketball

James Harden had eight turnovers and the team had 15 overall. They were sloppy with the ball and it cost them. In addition, the bench was invisible with only five points. The Rockets also shot better from 3 (37 percent) than 2 (35.4 percent).

3) Capela's impact

Clint Capela was battling illness and managed just four points in 28 minutes of play. The the Rockets are clicking, he is a monster on the pick and roll, but Monday night he was completely ineffective. That plus the lack of bench play proved too much to overcome.

The bottom line: The Rockets dropped a stinker. (You could argue that is two in a row, but they managed to win game 3). They return home on Wednesday and there is little reason to think they will play this poorly again. It would have been nice to close it out Monday but it should happen when they return home.

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A WEEKLY REVIEW OF O'BRIEN'S COACHING

Not my job: Texans no match for the Ravens

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The Texans fell to the Ravens 33-16 in a game they had a shot at winning. Most of you reading this will probably think I'm crazy for saying that. I assure you, I meant what I said. One of the reasons they didn't was because Bill O'Brien made a few questionable decisions that cost this team.

The first was the 4th & 1 decision. Deciding to go for it was bad enough. They were down 3-0 near the end of the first quarter with the ball on their own 34-yard line. This is not a situation that calls for a gamble or statement play. The play call itself was okay I guess: a play action bootleg with two short options. It was read and played perfectly by the Ravens defense. Deshaun Watson had nowhere to go with the ball and had to throw it at Darren Fells' back before getting sacked. That led to a quick Ravens touchdown and an early 10-0 deficit. I seriously think he has PTSD after that playoff loss to the Chiefs when it comes to fourth down calls. Bumbling Bill strikes again!

When they got the ball back, they scored a touchdown thanks to more play action passes and pre-snap motion. It was as if Bumbling Bill realized his offensive line was outmatched by the front seven they're opposing. Sure Watson is mobile and looks like a magician escaping sacks, but misdirection helps throw the defense off and keeps Watson from breaking into 177,000,000 pieces. Oh, and the quick reads were a good idea as well. Too bad Bumbling Bill went away from that and opted for longer developing routes. Or will he blame it on Timid Tim Kelly? Or was Waiting Watson holding onto the ball too long? I blame all three.

Also, can we stop starting drives with the predictable run, run, pass combo please? First down should be play action rollout with Watson having the ability to choose to run if it's there. More run/pass/option plays need to be called as well. Incorporate more things that we saw when Watson was on his way to winning rookie of the year before his knee was sacrificed for the Astros.

Credit where it's due: the end of the first half to get a field goal with a minute and change left was good to see. Typically, these situations tend to make Bumbling Bill come out. I liked the quick slant to Cobb with no timeouts. They were able to spike the ball and get the field goal up.

The game was still within reach at 23-13 in the beginning of the fourth quarter. On a 4th & 1, they gave up a 30 yard touchdown run on a direct snap to Mark Ingram. I saw gaps on both sides of the defensive line pre-snap. Sure enough, Ingram got a lead block from the Ravens human plough of a fullback and that effectively put the nail in the coffin at 30-13. I know the tendency is to quarterback sneak or run up the middle, but don't leave gaps along the defensive line trying to stack the middle. First time defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver will take the L on this one.

Overall, I'll give O'Brien and his coaching staff a C- this game. Mistakes were made that could've cost them a legit shot at winning, but the Keke Coutee fumble return for a touchdown wasn't their fault. The play calling menu was brought to us this week by Craft Pita via the "What's Eric Eating" podcast. Tune in next week for another "Not my job!"

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