Chris Paul describes Timberwolves' threes in Game 3 as 'butt naked'

Chris Paul describes Timberwolves' threes in Game 3 as 'butt naked'

Through the first two games of the playoffs, however, the Timberwolves have found that it's much more hard to avoid turnovers against an opposing defense that has chose to clamp down. The shine of this long-awaited return to relevance by the 29-year-old franchise was dulled a bit by the team's fade down the stretch to finish eighth in the conference and draw the most daunting matchup available against a Rockets team that won all four regular season games by an average of 16 points and took the first two games of this series in Houston.

Minnesota is 6-1 ATS in its last seven games. With the series now at 2-1 in favor of the Rockets, Minnesota will try to tie things up when the two teams clash in Game 4. Gerald Green, who had 21 points and was a plus-21 in Game 2, had a mere ten points and was a team-worst minus-18. They went an unexpected 15-for-27 from beyond the arc Saturday, shooting 55.6 percent from 3-point range and an even 50 percent overall. During the regular season, Houston won 11 games in which it trailed by double digits, including at Minnesota on February 13 when the deficit reached 13 points in the third quarter of a 126-108 victory. While Towns had a much better performance in Game 3, he still struggled with his shot, going just 5-of-13 from the field. Karl-Anthony Towns also put his horrendous first two games behind him as he had a terrific performance with 18 points and 16 boards. Coach Mike D'Antoni stated that he felt that the team hadn't played up to its full potential since the middle of March. Jimmy Butler led the Timberwolves with 28 points in the win. But after that Game 2 defeat, they now have a reason to raise their game.

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The under is 4-0 in the Rockets' last 4 Monday games, 7-0 in their last 7 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game, 5-0 in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 7-1 in their last 8 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.

But Minnesota's win was about more than their big three scorers. This one likely falls under the total as well thanks to Minnesota cooling off from outside and Houston playing tighter defense.

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