NBA playoffs

Game 2 preview: Rockets vs. Timberwolves

James Harden scored 44 in Game 1. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Place: Toyota Center.

TV: TNT.

Line: Rockets -10.5.

Series: Rockets lead 1-0 after winning Game 1 104-101.

The breakdown: Outside of James Harden, the Rockets were a mess in Game 1. Chris Paul had a season high six turnovers, and the non-Harden Rockets shot 3 of 25 from the 3-point arc. Minnesota got surprising production from its bench, specifically Derek Rose, who scored 16. Karl-Anthony Towns, who has too many first names, scored just eight points.

What to watch: Paul should play much better, and the Rockets can’t be as bad shooting the basketball. Towns should be better for Minnesota, but this is a bad matchup for the Wolves.

Prediction: The Rockets get it together in this one and roll to an easy 2-0 lead before the series shifts to Minnesota.

 

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