Ricky Rubio, Dante Exum out for Game 5 with hamstring strains

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Mitchell shot 8-of-24 from the floor in the loss. Capela's offense largely comes from going around or behind Gobert, as opposed to through him.

Joe Ingles lost his golden shooting touch as the Utah Jazz imploded in the face of a dominant Houston Rockets in game three of their NBA Western Conference semi-final series. We didn't come this far just to be up 3-1 in the semifinals.

"That wasn't a joke [about the mid-range shots being lay-ups]", Paul said.

Exum was whistled for three first-quarter fouls, with the last two (on a Harden drive and a Harden three-point attempt) questionable enough that the soldout Jazz crowd was incensed.

Davis committed six turnovers and Rondo four for the Pelicans, while Nikola Mirotic grabbed 11 rebounds but missed six of seven shots for just seven points. "But in order to beat them you have to be able to convert those opportunities, and we just didn't". "Some of them were contested and some were open".

It appeared that the Jazz were going to be a threat to the Rockets after winning game 2, but the Rockets have proved to be too much for them. And when Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals vs. Houston ended and the Jazz players exited through the tunnel, not much cheering could be heard.

Clint Capela has been at the centre of that defence, which stymied the Utah Jazz in Houston's 100-87 Game 4 victory. "We've just got to go out there and keep fighting". The Rockets didn't allow the desperate Jazz an early emotional foothold, darting to an eight-point lead by the midpoint of the first quarter and holding on through a Utah run led by Dante Exum, who scored nine points on 4-of-5 shooting in the opening period. Jazz fans went from a fan base angry at being spurned by their biggest star (Hayward) into a fan base madly in love with their newest star (Mitchell).

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"Houston is that good". Utah trailed wire to wire: they were within two late in the first quarter and as close as five in the final 90 seconds before the half but couldn't get any closer.

"It don't matter if I miss shots or not".

The Warriors, who led by as many as 18 points in the first quarter before settling for a seven-point halftime lead, quickly rebuilt the margin to start the third quarter. 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. In the interview, Mitchell aired his frustration out to the media.

Rudy Gobert is a leading candidate for Defensive Player of the Year but Capela has been the most significant deterrent to getting to the basket in this series. It has been an offensive struggle all series for the Jazz, and game 5 will be no different.

"He's not even thinking about that honestly", Harden said.

Paul got prickly later when asked to expand on his comments and share what he learned from that series.

"He just makes a difference on both ends", D'Antoni stated. "Every time the moment gets bigger, he gets better and not everybody can say that". He cleared it by a lot. Houston is in the driver's seat right now: can D'Antoni push the right buttons again with a potential series with the Warriors looming?

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