Be like Mike? Donovan Mitchell doing better: 2018 NBA Playoffs rewind

Paul George Carmelo Anthony

Paul George Carmelo Anthony

Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell has a foot contusion, and although he himself seems confident he will play in game 2 after posting 27-points in just 34-minutes of his first ever playoff game, the team said his status for the game Wednesday will be determined Tuesday afternoon. The Jazz's defense had a lot to do with an OKC collapse that will be remembered for the way Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony went a combined 0 for 14 from the field in the fourth quarter. Rubio made five 3-pointers and finished with 22 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.

Derrick Favors had a "podium game" for Utah pouring in 20 points and grabbing 16 rebounds.

As for George, or as he's known now, Playoff P, was hot in Game 1 with 36 points.

No Bueno. Alex Abrines scored 11 points in Game 1.

The Timberwolves led by as many as nine early and the game was tied with about eight minutes left in the second quarter before Houston scored 16 straight points, highlighted by three three-pointers from Green, to take a 46-30 lead with about 4½ minutes left in the first half.

So this looks like a long series in the making, with Game 3 booked Saturday at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Thunder coach Billy Donovan said he'd wait until Wednesday to determine George's status. Rubio struggled with his shot inside the arc (1-of-8) but he hit the big buckets and kept the floor spaced when asked. he had seven fourth-quarter points. Oklahoma City made just nine of 25 shots inside the 3-point line in the first half. "I thought we even had times where we rolled to the basket and we had a presence at the basket".

35-18: Utah outscored OKC 35-18 after the Thunder took a 10-point lead with 1:02 remaining in the third quarter. "Donovan, obviously, his aggressiveness on the offensive end fueled us there and the combination of those two things". The much-needed make was followed up by a bit of fortune, as Ricky Rubio (who made a surprising 5 three-pointers in the game) was called for an 8-second count bringing the ball up the court.

Mitchell shot 4-of-9 in the final frame, scoring 13 points and spearheading the Jazz run that broke the Thunder's back. "Things that we can correct, things that we need to correct, things that we will correct on the next game".

Westbrook was 7-of-15 entering the fourth quarter, having scored 17 points in a quiet outing. "I think if he was feeling something, he didn't show it, and he played through it".

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