That gives Jimmy Butler - who was inactive for one game vs. Houston and was hurt during another - more time to rest and recover after his late-season comeback.
In fact, all but Marc Spears, who graciously believes the Wolves will push the series to a Game Seven, picked the Rockets to win in either four or five games. Tucker made a 3 for the Rockets after that, but Minnesota used a 6-1 spurt, with 3s from Wiggins and Teague, to go back on top 62-58.
This year began the era of likely league MVP James Harden and new addition Chris Paul. But Harden was there to carry his team, nailing 7-of-13 from three-point land and finishing with 44 points. The next possession, he fed Clint Capela with an easy alley oop, an explanation mark on the Rockets' big run.
Harden finished with 14 points in the final frame and countless highlight plays. His teams were bounced in the first round five times, and the other four they lost in the second round. The Rockets' young big man tallied 20 points and 10 rebounds over the first 24 minutes. Karl-Anthony Towns went 3-for-9 with eight points and Butler scored just 13 points on 4-for-11 shooting.
Houston average 122 points per game against the T-wolves, with an average margin of victory of 15 points.
If you think the Timberwolves are going to get swept by the Houston Rockets, think again.
I just don't see the Wolves being able to do that because it would require their becoming a team they haven't been in the other 82 games this season. The Rockets were the NBA's best team basically from start to finish this year, and have the almost-lock for Most Valuable Player in James Harden.