Ricky Rubio: Ruled out for Game 4

Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles drives to the basket

Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles drives to the basket

Their 39 points in the first quarter had the Jazz reeling - which was just what the Rockets had in mind.

Houston guard James Harden shoots over Utah's Donovan Mitchell as the Rockets take Game 3 of their playoff series.

Capela has enjoyed a dynamic postseason, averaging 15.4 points, 13 rebounds, and an NBA-high 2.6 blocks.

The Rockets have an opportunity to close out the Jazz at home in Houston in Game 5. "We went on runs, but the few times we did, we couldn't sustain it". They got blown out in Game 5, wasted a 19-point second-half lead in a loss in Los Angeles in Game 6, then fell in Game 7 at Houston.

With Rubio inactive, Jazz rising star rooking shooting guard Donovan Mitchell has had to handle point guard duties and has struggled with his shot for much of the series, shooting 32.5 percent from the floor. "That doesn't show up on the stat sheet", Paul said. "The last 15, 16 minutes of this game we saw how connected we could be moving the ball, playing well".

As for the Rockets, Capela just continues to prove that he is, in fact, one of the elite big men in the entire league.

"Every team goes through it", Favors said. A group that has never started a game together before. They turned around Rubio's underwhelming career, they revived Favors, and they turned Ingles into a respected National Basketball Association starter who's now one of the top 3-point threats in the league. There is still no timetable on his return.

"The guy next to me called (referee James Williams) a (expletive), but they thought it was me", C.J., who played collegiately at Hampton University and University of South Carolina-Upstate, told USA TODAY Sports. Harden had an ok night by his standards, scoring 24 points, pulling down four rebounds, and dishing out three assists.

The Rockets, with their switching defense and individual defenders, harassed the Jazz on the perimeter knowing full well that center Clint Capela would protect the rim if dribble penetration was surrendered.

The Houston Rockets are coming off a blowout win over the Utah Jazz in their own building on Friday night. "Everybody's banged up, hamstring, ankle, knee, whatever it is, we just try to play through it as much as we can". In their 100-87 victory in Game 4, the Rockets were less explosive offensively, but made up for it with pristine defense.

After colliding with Harden during a screen, Royce O'Neale collapsed to the ground in pain. Capela, in many ways, is Houston's X-factor. The Rockets are -12.0 over the Jazz in game 5.

"I thought our defence was superb and we were hitting shots all over the place", Jazz coach Mike D'Antoni said. "We had our chances and didn't convert". Houston drew first blood in the series as they claimed a 110-96 win at home in the series opener Sunday afternoon.

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