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Utah Jazz swingman Kyle Korver is considering retirement now that his team's season is over following a first-round loss to the Houston Rockets.

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The Utah Jazz needed a few games to get there, but they finally worked their way into fighting range of the Houston Rockets over the course of their first-round playoff series. The hilarious strategy of defending James Harden’s butt started to yield dividends, and a Rockets offense that scored 122 and 118 points in…

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Harden overcame a poor shooting performance and scored 14 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, leading the Houston Rockets to a 104-101 win Saturday over the Utah Jazz for a commanding 3-0 lead in their first-round playoff series. Not much has worked against Harden for the Jazz, and even when they thought they had him trapped, they weren't able to control The Beard for a full game. The Jazz didn't take it easy on Harden, and took every opportunity to knock him down, even when it sent him to the line.

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The Jazz’s stellar defense forced a shockingly bad shooting performance from one of the best scorers in NBA history. But it wasn’t enough to come away with a victory in Game 3 against the Rockets. It might be time to bring out the broom.

Solve the following riddle. In Game 3 of the first-round series between the Rockets and the Jazz, James Harden took 20 shots and made only three of them; he hit only two of his 13 3-point attempts; his first field goal of the game came with 7:33 left in the fourth quarter and it was a wide-open fast-break dunk. The Rockets as a whole shot 38 percent from the field and 33 percent from deep; they took seven fewer free throws than Utah. And yet they beat the Jazz, 104-101, Saturday. How did they do it?

There is a simple answer: They are the Houston Rockets, and they were playing the Utah Jazz. But there is a fuller picture at play here, of a team that can withstand a historically bad shooting night from their best player (Harden went 0-for-10 in the first half, which matched the most field goal attempts without a make in any half over the last 20 postseasons) and make up for a severe regression to the mean. The Jazz, for most of the game, were gifted a perfect opportunity; capitalize on one of the most atypical nights of Harden’s career and change the tenor of a lopsided series. Unfortunately, they couldn’t score enough to maintain their advantage. And now Houston is on the brink of advancing to Round 2.

That Harden somehow still ended up with 22 points is unbelievable, but not that difficult to explain. After that dunk removed the lid from the hoop, he came back and knocked down a 3 and then...
Rudy Gobert is sixth in Utah Jazz history in both career Win Shares and career Wins Over Replacement Player. He's only been with the organization ...

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