Paul George expects to be 'back to 100' percent for Game 3

20 April, 2018, 01:34 | Author: Tina Rodriquez

Paul George started Game 2 of the Oklahoma City Thunder's first-round series against the Utah Jazz. And now, their first-round playoff series is tied at one game a piece. Rubio made five 3-pointers and finished with 22 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.

The Thunder probably wish he hadn't.

Ingles' Australian Jazz teammate Dante Exum played just 12 minutes on the court and his two points for the game came from a spectacular buzzer-beater at the end of the first quarter.

Jazz adjustments - Jazz coach Quin Snyder is a good tactician, and he'll have his work cut out for him making adjustments after Game 1. The Jazz got a big effort from Derrick Favors, who scored 20 points and collected 16 rebounds.

Mitchell did his damage attacking the basket. Kevin Love shot a mediocre 3 of 8 from the field while only shooting one free throw...which he missed.

"We needed this win", Favors said during a postgame interview with AT&T SportsNet. The backbreakers came when the Thunder cut the Jazz lead down to just two at 95-93 with 2:23 to go. "Just being aggressive, getting to the rim, getting to the free-throw line". Paul George, who scored 36 points in Game 1, finished with 18 on 6-for-21 shooting. "We just didn't score enough points". However, when the game was hanging in the balance, the OK3 combined to shoot 0-of-14 in the fourth quarter. And they couldn't go shot-for-shot with him. "Those guys (George and Anthony) are unbelievable scorers, and we have trusted those guys all season long, and we will continue to do that".

To say that all three players simply did not have it in this game would be to gravely undervalue the terrific defense by Utah. "With Rudy [Gobert] out of the game for while, I just had to make a presence out there".

-11: Utah turned offensive rebounds into second-chance opportunities, outscoring the Thunder 20-9 in that category.

George's 3-point accuracy remained ridiculous in the first half, when he twice was fouled on successful 3-pointers.

Adams picked up his fourth foul with 6:46 left in the third quarter and the Thunder down 65-58, yet Oklahoma City responded with a run.

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

Mitchell is officially a game time decision, and his foot injury is of concern to the training staff for Utah, but this is the playoffs.

"The entire game we could have executed better", Donovan said.



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