Rockets’ Luc Mbah A Moute expecting Jazz coach Quin Snyder to adjust in Game 2
The Utah Jazz are expected to make several adjustments after Houston Rockets talisman James Harden went off for a near-triple-double with 41 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists to give his team a sound 110-96 Game 1 win on Sunday.
No one knows how adept this Jazz team is to making adjustments on the fly more than Luc Mbah A Moute, who was at the losing end of a seven-game series last postseason as a member of the L.A. Clippers.
“Their coach is amazing,” said Mbah a Moute, noting Quin Snyder particularly excels at game-to-game adjustments, according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN.
Snyder is a defensive wizard and he has proven so, boasting the best defensive five on the floor this season in Ricky Rubio (who is potentially out for the rest of the series), Donovan Mitchell, Joe Ingles, Jae Crowder, and Rudy Gobert.
Harden benefitted from making 7-of-12 from beyond the arc, shooting under 50 percent in a 12-of-26 performance from the floor. The Jazz are expected to close out a lot more after the Rockets shot a blistering 17-of-32 from distance — a fortune that must come to an end if the Jazz hope to have any shot at taking this series.
The Jazz have incorporated Jae Crowder into their scoring group, as the three-and-D forward has now posted 20-plus-points in two of his last three postseason games.
They will need more consistent scoring from him, though, if they hope to make a dent scoring-wise against the best offensive team in the league.