OKC Thunder Face Injury Concerns Entering Game Two

20 April, 2018, 01:57 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Paul George

George wound up playing in Wednesday's game, scoring 18 points in a 102-95 loss at Chesapeake Energy Arena, even though he may not have been fully healthy.

"The strength of our team is our team", said Jazz coach Quin Snyder, reciting his squad's team first mantra. Andrew Wiggins scored 18 points to lead Minnesota.

Thunder: George played through a bruised right hip.

"It was a huge turnaround", George said after Game 2, via ESPN's Royce Young.

The Thunder gave up 50 points in the paint again and were beaten 20-9 on second-chance points, its interior defense cracked by the Jazz yet again.

Jordan had 53 points in his first two playoff games. He only had two shot attempts through three quarters leading into the final stages of the fourth, but scored six critical points down the stretch to finish with nine points and seven rebounds. A double-digit lead heading into the fourth quarter in front of a wonderful crowd would have been tough for Utah to overcome.

The Jazz also won the battle of the big men, with Derrick Favors strong with 20 points and 16 rebounds and Rudy Gobert's 13 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks.


George actually said that he wasn't able to put shorts on at one point, meaing that the Thunder training staff must have worked wonders on him to even get back healthy enough to get on the floor for Game 2.

Favors was imposing, posting career playoff highs of 20 points and 16 rebounds and making it hard to picture this team without him as he enters free agency this summer. Kevin Love shot a mediocre 3 of 8 from the field while only shooting one free throw...which he missed. Oklahoma City made just nine of 25 shots inside the three-point line in the first half.

Oklahoma City fell down 67-58 midway through the third quarter. He went an abysmal 0-of-7 in the fourth quarter, failing to score any points whatsoever with the game in the balance.

"The entire game we could have executed better", Donovan said. He finished with 22 points and made 5 of 8 3s.

Not a great night (understatement) for Russell Westbrook, Paul George, and Carmelo Anthony. Rubio had a good fantasy night in Game 1 putting up around 40 fantasy points.

"Just keep doing what we're doing", said Jonas Jerebko, who had 10 points off the bench for the Jazz. "Us not making shots in the fourth quarter played into their hands but they did a good job of making plays, offensive rebounds, 50-50 basketballs out there, the loose balls out there".

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