Westbrook vows Rubio won't repeat stellar game

24 April, 2018, 04:48 | Author: Ellis Copeland
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The Thunder lost Game 3 to the Jazz 115-102 Sunday AEST, with much of Utah's heat coming from Rubio's 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.

It was the first time a Jazz player recorded a triple-double in the postseason since John Stockton did it on April 28, 2001. If you believe Westbrook, all of his personal efforts will be dedicated to stopping Rubio, who has been phenomenal in the playoffs so far with averages of 20.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 8.0 assists.

Game four tips off 9 PM CT Monday in Salt Lake City. His regular-season scoring average was 13.1 points.

However, Westbrook was clearly frustrated after the game and "guarantees" Rubio won't repeat his triple-double feat. If Westbrook doesn't overwhelm Rubio in Game 4, it would result in more problems for the Thunder.

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If there's one person who knows triple-doubles, it's Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook.

For the Utah Jazz, even up 2-1 in their first-round series against Oklahoma City, that detail has been turnovers.

"He's doing incredible things and I'm real proud of him, we all are but he's going to continue doing that", Mitchell said. This was a key to the series given that OKC is one of the worst at contesting and defending the three-point line. A pair of Game 4s await in the Western Conference, with the Jazz going in up 2-1 and Minnesota now within 2-1 of the Rockets after winning Game 3. And, given he is 11 for 31 overall and 4 for 16 from three through two games, it's hard to argue against Utah's strategy. He's shooting a tick under 45 percent from the field and making a third of his 3-pointers. Everyone in the league knows that I protect the rim. Both teams are taking a click over 30 3-point attempts per game, but OKC have connected on a huge 42.4 percent of these, over six percent more than Utah's 36.3% connection rate. Thanks, in part, to eight-straight points by Ingles the Jazz were able to build a 20-point advantage before coasting to the finish. Whether he can do it efficiently is another question, but expect him to take more than the 17 shots he took last game and dish out double figures in assists this time around.

"We've just got to understand it'll be a long game next game and they'll come out with more aggression", he said.

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