Mike D’Antoni says Rockets got ‘lulled into sleep’ in Game 2 vs. Jazz
Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni said his team didn’t have the right approach coming into the game, bested by a team with more intensity.
“We can correct our energy and we can correct the necessary focus that we need to have,” D’Antoni said post-game, according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN. “You get lulled into sleep. You think this stuff’s easy. It’s not easy. This is the NBA. This is the [conference] semifinals. We kind of got lulled into it, and we paid for it.”
Houston was outscored in three out of four quarters and limited to shooting 40 percent from the floor. The 3-point well had run dry at a mere 27 percent, while it was the Jazz who reaped the benefit of the home nets, striping 15 of their 32 attempts from distance, gaining a 15-point advantage from long-range.
While the Jazz had fewer possessions, less shot attempts, and more than twice the Rockets’ turnovers, their defense remained steady all game long, giving up 76 combined points to James Harden, Chris Paul, and Clint Capela while they boasted six scorers in double figures, including Joe Ingles, who led the team with 27 points.
The three-and-D Aussie shot a blistering 10-of-13 from the floor with a team-record seven makes from deep, helping the Jazz combat an off shooting night from rookie Donovan Mitchell.
The Rockets will face a tough test on Games 3 and 4 on the road, where Utah has amassed a 28-13 record in the regular season.