For comparison’s sake, Westbrook is averaging 20.7 points, 11.0 rebounds and 10.0 assists in the series.
Rubio, who has quietly improved his shooting this season, struggled in Game 1, going just 5-of-18 as the Thunder schemed to force him to take midrange shots.
Going back to the regular season, Westbrook hasn’t shot better than 40 percent in any of his last six games – the worst such streak of his career. Rudy Gobert is the third double-digit scorer and Derrick Favors is grabbing 8.7 rebounds. Rubio finished with 26 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists. He had such a huge impact on this game with putting fouls on Steven Adams and just owning the paint on the defensive side.
If the Thunder try to deploy a five-out lineup again, they won’t have the element of surprise – the Jazz spent some of Sunday’s practice studying their options against it, and Snyder said he felt good about some of the adjustments the team made in the game. Thanks, in part, to eight-straight points by Ingles the Jazz were able to build a 20-point advantage before coasting to the finish. “It’s huge. I have huge respect for him”.
The Utah Jazz have everything going for them right now, as the offense is clicking, the defense is forcing tough shots and the crowd is as loud as we’ve heard it in years.
When Carmelo Anthony was asked Sunday about Westbrook’s comments from the night before, he smiled.
“I’m gonna shut that s*** off next game, though”.
Arguably the most exciting first-round National Basketball Association playoff series this season is the matchup between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Utah Jazz. He scored 27 points in Game 1 and 28 points in Game 2, and though he went 0-for-7 from beyond the arc Wednesday, he has shot 44.7% from the floor in these two games. Instead of completely folding, the Jazz responded behind a killer closing performance from Donovan Mitchell and pulled out a 102-95 win to tie the series at 1-1 as it shifts to Utah for Game 3 on Saturday night.
The Thunder have a chance to level the series tomorrow in Utah at 2:30pm NZT. However, Joe Ingels will also not be held to just 3-points again and his slow start to the series worries me-Everyone knows eventually he will burn the Thunder from deep, because of course.
“[It was] not a miscommunication, just kind of a mental error, as in just a weird read”, he said of some of the Ingles 3s.