Westbrook almost had a triple-double on the night, finishing with 29 points, 13 rebounds, and eight assists in the night. OKC is fortunate that its stars made tough shots. He had his devastating side-to-side crossover going, clearing airspace to launch from deep, yelling out, "Can't hold me!" after one particularly ruthless step-back 3 in the second half. Paul George came through with a tremendous effort in the victory, accumulating 36 points on 13 for 20 shooting. He returned in the fourth quarter but was noticeably hobbling. After Grant's two assists, he twice added his patented acrobatic layups, against the Utah's Stifle Tower, 7-foot-1 Rudy Gobert. He's certainly on the downhill of a stellar National Basketball Association career, but I'm going to take this moment and give proper due to Melo really working hard to contribute, not just with his frustrating isolation plays, but with spirited defensive effort.
After dropping one against the Warriors on April 3, the Thunder was at real risk of missing the playoffs - a disappointment at best, and utter embarrassment at worst. They've got to commit to him or stay with me.
The Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder will begin their first-round playoff series on Sunday afternoon. There was a sense that George's hot shooting carried them in possibly a fool's gold kind of way - that the shots went in this time, and if they don't next time, then things might go the other way. "That was it", George told the press.
Many of George's makes were contested.
As Andre Roberson is injured and inactive during these games, George is OKC's best available defender. If Gobert or Mitchell assume that role, the Jazz will compete.
Oklahoma City has a history of clashing with streaking opponents in the playoffs. He also managed seven rebounds and a steal. People that's talking or saying whatever they need to say, they should try doing it and see how hard it is.
The Jazz are likely to use a four-man bench in the postseason led by Crowder, who has averaged 11.8 points and 3.7 rebounds in 28 minutes since joining the Jazz in late February. When he wasn't on the floor, as has been the case for most of the season, the Jazz offense struggled to score efficiently. We move on. We got something bigger to focus on and be anxious about. No. 5 Utah Jazz (48-34) How to watch Thunder vs. 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. He sank eight of his 11 3-point attempts, setting a new Thunder record for the most triples made in a playoff game.