NBA Playoffs: Breaking down the Thunder-Jazz series

Steven Adams and'old mate Russell Westbrook will need to be at their best to get past the Jazz in the first round

Steven Adams and'old mate Russell Westbrook will need to be at their best to get past the Jazz in the first round

Matt Pinto, the team's radio voice, will fill in for Davis on the broadcast when the Thunder host the Utah Jazz in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series Sunday night, according to multiplemedia outlets.

The announcer who made the questionable "Cotton-Picking" call during Wednesday's season finale between the Memphis Grizzlies & Oklahoma City Thunder did not escape without punishment.

Read the AP recap here. However, Paul George will have to score more than 20 points, as the Thunder are typically successful if that happens.

"It's Game 1, and they're going to do things that are going to give us problems", Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. SportsLine will have game-by-game gambling advice for every playoff series here.

Thunder centre Steven Adams (right) gets into the contest with Utah's Joe Ingles.

The Thunder overcame an early 16-4 deficit rather quickly in game one, and their big three of Westbrook, George and Anthony all made their presence felt. In advance of the 2016 Western finals, Golden State had the momentum of a 73-win regular season. They join Russell Westbrook in a quest for their first National Basketball Association title, starting Sunday when the Thunder host the Utah Jazz in Game 1 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series.

Utah didn't have an answer for George's outside shooting. When they needed someone to step up with the reserves and keep their momentum going, George was there. People that's talking or saying whatever they need to say, they should try doing it and see how hard it is.

George says he'll be fine for game two.

For the Jazz, rookie Donovan Mitchell totaled 27 points and 10 rebounds. "That was an emphasis, just to play with some tempo, and we did that". It will play Utah when the drama of triple-doubles no longer matters.

Take this into consideration: With the Thunder and Jazz finishing with identical 48-34 records this season, should it be really leaning in the favor of OKC knowing that it's got three superstars and was expected to be even better than where it fell at fourth in the conference?

Game two in the best-of-seven series is in Oklahoma City on Thursday (NZT).

Adams finished the regular season with career-best numbers of 13.9 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 1.2 steals and was an important physical presence, rim protector, hard-nosed defender and offensive rebounding machine for the Thunder.

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