Utah Jazz vs OKC Thunder: First round may hinge on Game 4

Kragthorpe Jazz’s quest to beat OKC is becoming a group project

"Too comfortable, but I'ma shut that s**t off next game, though".

Heading into this year's playoffs, Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star forward Paul George voiced much confidence in his play on the court.

Rubio's 26 points were a game high, but all five Jazz starters were able to score in double figures with Donovan Mitchell scoring 22 and Joe Ingles adding 21.

Game four tips off 9 PM CT Monday in Salt Lake City.

Oklahoma City center Steven Adams averaged just under 33 minutes per game this year and played almost 37 minutes in the Thunder's opening-game win over Utah in the best-of-seven series. With a loss, OKC regains home court advantage and we go to OKC 2-2, needing to win at least one more game on the road. For the series, Rubio is averaging 20.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 8.0 assists per game on a 38.5/35/87.5 shooting split with just 3.3 turnovers per game. After only 16 total points and three assists in Oklahoma City, Ingles provided the offensive firepower down the stretch. The latest manifestation of that goal - a small-ball lineup with Patrick Patterson at center - caught the Jazz off-guard on Saturday night, leading to a Thunder rally that had them up midway through the second quarter. After a quick putback bucket by Gobert to begin the third, a Westbrook 3-pointer kicked off a 10-0 OKC run, which gave the Thunder a short-lived lead.

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Asked if the Rubio might have an encore in Game 4, Westbrook defiantly declared that he would shut down any chance of that happening. "We haven't had two games this year where we've had to battle foul trouble with him like we've had to in Games 2 and 3". "I know that they know", Gobert said.

"Just gotta take what's given", Westbrook said.

Russell Westbrook is averaging a triple-double, so he gets plenty of attention. This includes scoring at least 18 points and drilling at least three 3-pointers in each contest.

The Thunder, shot 16 for 24 on field goals and 7 for 11 on 3s, to lead 45-33 on Westbrook's layup with 7:26 left in the second quarter. I felt good about, but it wasn't going in. At the moment, Adams is known for being quite good at "Fortnite", the current video game of choice among National Basketball Association players. Everyone in the league knows that I protect the rim.

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