The Little Things Piled Up on the Thunder - OKC 95, UTA 102

20 April, 2018, 01:31 | Author: Nina Hammond
  • Paul George and his alter ego Playoff P carried the Oklahoma City Thunder to a Game 1 victory over the Utah Jazz. Mandatory Credit USATSI  TBN Media Illustration

It looks like Mitchell is set on playing in Game 2 against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but double check before tip to make sure he is in the starting lineup. The score didn't reflect a massive deficit, but the opportunity cost to the Thunder of not having a solid lead at that point proved to be pivotal.

Utah closed the game on a 28-16 run with Derrick Favors going off for a career playoff-high 20 points and 16 rebounds and Ricky Rubio contributing 22 points, nine assists and seven rebounds after a rough 5-for-18 shooting performance in Game 1. He hit a deep 2-pointer to close the quarter and give the Thunder an 81-72 lead. Mitchell said he was fine, but the team did not say he was good to go until just minutes before Game 2.

In this game of runs, the Jazz had withstood the Thunder's best punch, and after staggering for five scoreless minutes, regrouped and swung back.

Thunder coach Billy Donovan said it would largely be up to George how much he was able to play.

Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony simply could not buy a bucket in the fourth quarter, as they combined to go 0-for-14 from the field.

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Supporting casts - If Mitchell and/or George fail to show up, the spotlight will be on the supporting players to step up and help carry the load. George was traded for during the offseason and this was his first playoff game as a member of the Thunder, he introduced playoff P to every Thunder fan, real quick.

As for the Thunder, Abrines and Brewer will need to take on more shots in George's absence.

Mitchell's status for the game was up in the air after he was suffering from left foot soreness after game one.

On Wednesday, the Utah Jazz did what the Minnesota Timberwolves could not - steal a road playoff game - and Donovan Mitchell certainly took note. On the defensive end, it's all about slowing Donovan Mitchell and limiting the damage Utah is doing on the offensive glass/in the paint. Expect George, who had eight three-pointers in Game 1, to start and be available in full capacity Wednesday night. Chris Paul added two free throws after that for Houston, but a tip-in by Karl-Anthony Towns got Minnesota back within 3. She is known for her illustrations of Thunder players. "We just didn't make shots in that fourth quarter".

"Well, some of them were good shots, some of them not", Rubio told the Salt Lake Tribune.

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