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the Rockets one win away from their first Western Conference finals appearance since 2015. For Houston point guard Chris Paul, a win would mark his first conference finals appearance in his 13-year NBA career.
Paul led the Rockets in Game 4 with 27 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. James Harden added 24 points, but he also committed eight turnovers. While the backcourt duo of Paul and Harden led Houston’s offensive attack with a strong scoring output in Game 4, expect both players to improve upon their combined 1-for-13 shooting from beyond the arc as they attempt to close out the Jazz.
The X-Factor in the Rockets’ Game 4 was starting center Clint Capela. The 23-year-old scored 12 points, pulled down 15 rebounds (five offensive) and blocked six shots. Capela outplaying Jazz center Rudy Gobert is a big key to a Rockets Game 5 victory.
Rookie guard Donovan Mitchell led Utah’s scoring efforts in Game 4 with 25 points despite shooting poorly from the field (8-for-24) and from beyond the arc (2-for-7). For the series, Mitchell is shooting 32.5 percent from the field while averaging 18.2 points, 5.2 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game.
The absence of Ricky Rubio, who was injured in Game 6 of the first round, has been detrimental to the Jazz’s offense as a whole throughout the series. In addition to missing Rubio, Utah will be without Dante Exum, who suffered a hamstring injury in Game 4. Down two point guards, Mitchell will be responsible for being both a playmaker and scorer while Raul Neto will see increased time in the rotation.
The Jazz scored a postseason-low 87 points in Game 4, shooting 38.6 percent from the field and 24.1 percent from 3-point range. Utah must drastically improve upon its shooting to have a chance in Game 5.