Thunder Make Sweet Music Against Jazz in Game 1

21 April, 2018, 14:05 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
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Russell Westbrook should also see an increase in usage in case George will need at least a game to sit. But Roberson deserves this. The Jazz are one of the best defensive teams in the National Basketball Association, holding opponents to 99.8 points, good for second in the National Basketball Association. Until Westbrook notched 42 triple doubles and averaged the same past year, Oscar Robertson was the standard in statistical achievement. George said with a smile. Made just eight of 22 shots in the second quarter. George set a Thunder franchise record for made 3-pointers in a playoff game when he knocked down his sixth 3-point shot of the game, and there was still 20 minutes left before the end of regulation.

The dip says nothing about Westbrook. It simply shows everything about late-game performance: don't use it to project into the future.

The inability to really distinguish the teams on paper doesn't stop there, though.

Thabo Sefolosha, who injured his right knee MCL in mid-January, is the only significant Jazz player missing in the postseason.

Russell Westbrook made a few fallaway jumpshots.

Not bad for a guy who struggled with body control around the basket previous year.

George said he was confident Ingles would not beat him to the basket.


This past week, Carmelo Anthony had two impressive blocks in critical situations: an impressive chase-down of Goran Dragic of the Heat and key snub of James Harden of the Rockets.

The Jazz are the team that no one wanted to face in the first round, especially after they rattled off 29 wins in their final 35 games.

"Everybody wants to be talking..."

"Since everybody wants to be talking, I'm exhausted of hearing the same old rebound this, stealing rebounds, all this s--". "And like I've said many, many times, I don't take this game for granted". "Kind of what I talked about coming into this [series] is not being indecisive". That's just what it is. "But there's certainly plays I'm not certain you can do a whole lot more".

Out of the break, an 8-0 Thunder response turned the tide, and was the spark that ignited George's night. If Mitchell can play at the same level he has all season, the Jazz have a great chance of pulling the upset in this series. George would then curl around a pin-down screen on the other side of the floor as Anthony scurried to the wing to run a pick-and-roll with Westbrook.

Oklahoma City's Adams, at 7-foot and 255 pounds, is a contender for most improved player.

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