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Westbrook vows Rubio won't repeat stellar game

24 April, 2018, 04:47 | Author: Hannah Francis
  • Paul George says he has lost some explosiveness due to hip injury

The Spanish guard, known for years as a pass-first distributor, recorded a game-high 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists and became the first Jazz player since John Stockton in 2001 to post a playoff triple double. For comparison's sake, Westbrook is averaging 20.7 points, 11.0 rebounds and 10.0 assists in the series.

"He made some shots", Westbrook said of Rubio.

A two-games-to-one series deficit has been common for Oklahoma City Thunder playoff teams. After scoring just two points on 0-of-4 shooting in the fourth quarter of Game 2, Westbrook didn't attempt a shot in the fourth in Game 3. Minutes later, Rubio hit a running 28-foot 3-pointer to make it 89-75 entering the final period. "It's huge. I have huge respect for him". "We got open shots, and it's easy to make shots when you are open". Game 4 will be Tuesday AEST in Salt Lake City on ESPN and NBA League Pass. At the moment, Adams is known for being quite good at "Fortnite", the current video game of choice among National Basketball Association players.

While Rubio was great, it was the (literal) absence of one key player that allowed for Utah to storm back to take the lead - Steven Adams.

After going just 3-of-13 in the mid-range in the first two games, Rubio connected on all five of his shots from the area in Game 3.

Utah certainly went all out with its presentation for its first home playoff game this postseason.




Utah is taking a 2-1 lead into their Western Conference first-round series against Oklahoma City on Monday night, and Gobert is probably as responsible for the Jazz being in that position than anyone.

Rubio, playing just his third playoff game in his seven-year National Basketball Association career, had 19 at the half and the Jazz led 58-53.

Westbrook's performance - Unless Paul George pulls something miraculous out of the hat, the Thunder can't beat the Jazz with Westbrook playing like he did on Saturday.

"We have to have that mentality", he said, then added, "I don't want to put that emphasis on this game being do or die".

Jazz leas 2-1. Game 4, 10:30 p.m. EDT, TNT.

In four series, Oklahoma City had a three-games-to-one deficit. "When you do that, your offense kind of comes more naturally". "I condone it", Anthony said of Westbrook's comments. "I don't know what else to say".

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