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The Utah Jazz missed out on a big opportunity to upset the Houston Rockets Monday night with the Rockets missing Ryan Anderson, Clint Capela and Eric Gordon. But with 22 turnovers and a combined 24% from three, the Jazz couldn’t get the upset against the best team in the league.

Defensively the Jazz did a nice job holding James Harden to 1/5 from three and 26 points and Chris Paul to only 15, but it was their inability to make good passes and hit open shots that did them in.

Probably the best players for the Jazz were Ricky Rubio and Rudy Gobert who had the best plus/minus of all the starters.

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  1. BIG FACTS
    BIG FACTS says:

    Rockets small ball line-up just killed the Jazz. Utah should've adjusted but I know it's hard to pull your best defender out the game in Rudy but the Rockets made him guard the three with small players and they torched him. Pretty ingenious that they made the Jazz strength into their weakness.

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  2. Jonathan Colton
    Jonathan Colton says:

    The Jazz played good enough defense to win, and played hard enough, but just didn't have shots go in. Joe Ingles with an on night or Ricky Rubio with an on night – Jazz win. Any combination of those two + if Donovan Mitchell had a great night = Jazz blowout. The Rockets looked mortal, but the officials certainly kowtowed the Rockets in a huge way. If the Jazz had played as well as we did against the Spurs or Warriors – we win by 20+. This just underlines that the Jazz do need BADLY another outside scoring option.

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  3. Kalin Dunmeyer
    Kalin Dunmeyer says:

    I'm trying to be optimistic with this Jazz team, but how realistic is it for us to make the playoffs this year? The Pelicans aren't slowing down and Anthony Davis is on a mission. I don't see Damian Lillard and the Blazers dropping out either? So may be the Nuggets fall out of the race?

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  4. Movie Muscle
    Movie Muscle says:

    This was a scheduled loss for the Rockets being down 3 of their most valuable players, playing on a back-to-back after Denver, and they still pulled it out. Very impressive win. I believe that the Jazz will bounce back.

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