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Rockets close out the Jazz, prep for a likely Warriors matchup

James Harden Rockets eliminate Utah Jazz

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Rockets close out the Jazz, prep for a likely Warriors matchup

MK Bower joins Dave Hardisty to wrap up the Rockets 4-1 series win and preview the juggernaut matchup likely on deck

It wasn’t the prettiest matchup, but the Houston Rockets got it done.

James Harden scored 26 points and made the key defensive play in the final minute as the Rockets beat the Utah Jazz 100-93 in Game 5 on Wednesday, advancing to the Western Conference Semifinals with a 4-1 series victory.

At Toyota Center after the Rockets closed it out, MK Bower of Field Level Media joins me to discuss:

  • James Harden’s strange game and first-half struggles
  • How Harden rebounded offensively and contributed in other ways
  • Eric Gordon’s impact in this series on both ends of the floor
  • Shutting down Donovan Mitchell
  • PJ Tucker’s defensive intensity
  • Previewing a (likely) Rockets-Warriors second-round matchup
  • The OKC-Portland series
  • How media and fans have turned on Russell Westbrook and what the Thunder should do moving forward

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