8:30 p.m. at Houston • Toyota Center • FSN/TNT, 102.9-FM
Trio looks to step up after Game 4
Preview: Down 3-1 in their best-of-seven playoff series with the Rockets, the Wolves will try to force a Game 6 back in Minneapolis in an arena where they’ve lost 11 straight games. That will require regrouping after Monday’s 119-100 loss to the Rockets in which Houston took over the game with a 50-point third quarter. It won’t be easy. Teams have rallied from a 3-1 deficit to win a seven-game series only 11 times in league history, most recently in 2016, when Cleveland rallied to beat the Golden State Warriors in the finals. But it has only happened in the first round twice.
Players to watch: After combining for 26-for-44 shooting, 11-for-17 three-point shooting and 71 points in their Game 3 victory, the trio of Andrew Wiggins (5-for-14), Jeff Teague (1-for-7) and Jimmy Butler (7-for-17) combined to shoot 13-for-38, hit just two of 12 three-point attempts and scored 35 points Monday. … Rockets G James Harden has averaged 30.3 points in the first four games. G Chris Paul has averaged 20.8 points and 6.0 assists in the series. G Eric Gordon has scored 33 points off the bench the past two games.
Numbers: After Monday’s games, the Wolves were last among the 16 playoff teams in both turnovers forced (37) and points off turnovers (8.3 per game), this after ranking fourth in points off turnovers in the regular season (17.7). Five of Houston’s seven victories over the Wolves this season have been by 10 or more points.
Injuries: Wolves C Justin Patton (foot surgery) is out, and G Tyus Jones (right knee) is questionable. Rockets F Luc Mbah a Moute (shoulder) is out.