Mike D’Antoni appears to take jab at Russell Westbrook when talking about 50-point quarter
The Houston Rockets have a 3-1 series lead over the Minnesota Timberwolves but it didn’t always look like winning this series was any sure thing. The Rockets were having issues hitting shots and James Harden wasn’t playing like he did during the regular season.
It all turned around during the 3rd quarter of Game 4 though. The Rockets held only a one-point lead going into halftime but came out hot putting up 50 points in the quarter to take control of the game and the series.
As impressive as the quarter was, head coach Mike D’Antoni downplayed the accomplishment and appeared to take a shot at Russell Westbrook in the process.
D’Antoni on #Rockets’ 50-point quarter: “That’s just something that doesn’t really matter. It’s cute. It’s like getting a triple-double. … It’s a mark.”
— Brian T. Smith (@ChronBrianSmith) April 24, 2018
He compared getting 50 points in a quarter to a triple-double saying they were both just a mark. The Rockets and their fans aren’t that supportive after Westbrook won the MVP award last year because of his triple-doubles, even though many believed that Harden actually had the better regular season.
As impressive as that triple-double stat was, it is pretty clear it didn’t impress D’Antoni too much and for the Rockets team the most important thing for them is wins.
There is a chance the D’Antoni Rockets and the Thunder could play in the second round of the playoffs, but that would require the Thunder to come back from the 3-1 hole they have dug themselves into.
The Rockets and the Jazz will both have a chance to clinch their ticket into the next round with a win in their next games.
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