Well, it had to happen at some point, I guess. The Utah Jazz played some really pretty basketball for three quarters and then ran out of gas, losing 100-94. The Jazz led by 17 with four minutes left in the third quarter, but everything changed when the fire nation attacked ... OR when Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder systematically wore the beleaguered Jazz down, taking advantage of their weary legs.
The Jazz stayed close near the end, but the Thunder Big 3 put them to bed.
The only critique I have is that Ricky Rubio played waaaay too many minutes in the fourth. By the time Donovan Mitchell entered the game, it was too late. There were quite a few people saying that Alec Burks should have played most of the minutes at point guard in the 4th, and maybe that’s true, but he struggled. (11 points on 2-9 shooting)
This one hurts, but it’s a bit of a scheduled loss. Trouble is, Utah seems to have quite a few of those this month. Buckle up, Jazzland.
- Donovan Mitchell had another good showing. 31 points on 11/22 shooting. We’re spoiled. Truly.
Donovan Mitchell - Utah Jazz— NBA Top Performers (@NBATopPerformer) December 6, 2017
[FD(48.2: 6.7X) DK(48.25: 6.8X)]
Altro bello show di Donovan Mitchell, 31 punti nel k.o. di #TakeNote a #ThunderUp. Il rookie è sempre più il solista di cui la splendida orchestra di Quin Snyder aveva bisogno pic.twitter.com/BaWamjhbcL #NBA— Davide Chinellato (@dchinellato) December 6, 2017
Also, remember when Gordon Hayward had a stretch like this as a rookie? Me neither. Remember when he had a stretch like this as a 7th-year vet? Me neither.
- Russell Westbrook (34/13/14) and Steven Adams (20/9/1) stole the show for the Thunder.
- Royce O’Neal came back to Earth, putting up 0 points on 4 shots and finishing at -10.
Next Up: The Houston Rockets visit the Aunt Viv on Thursday. Should be a fun one.
GO JAZZ GO!