This is the new version of the Game Thread. This is the Live Thread. You’re still able to overreact in the comments, claim that Tim Duncan was a center, and that Karl Malone was the best Power Forward of all-time; only now you can get live game updates from pregame to Postgame with everything in between.
HOLY ****. HOLY ****. HOLY ****. The Utah Jazz stole home court from the Oklahoma City Thunder. What can you say about Donovan Mitchell that isn’t a superlative? He was a superstar. Not a star. Not an All-Star. But a Superstar. He had 28 points and 6 rebounds.
Derrick Favors was huge in this game. Donovan Mitchell when getting the “star of the night” postgame interview just praised Derrick Favors. Derrick Favors had 20 points, 16 rebounds, and 3 assists. Utah was in a position to get back into this game because Derrick Favors took advantage of Steven Adams absence and rebounded like a man possessed.
Amazing. Absolutely amazing.
Ricky Rubio almost had a triple double. He made 5 threes to finish with 22 points, 7 rebounds, and 9 assists. He’s just a competitive monster.
┳┻|— Zach Harper (@talkhoops) April 19, 2018
┻┳| •.•) Rubio outplayed Russ
┳┻|⊂ﾉ in a road playoff game
Jazz and Thunder is heading towards a TIGHT finish.— Sporting News (@sportingnews) April 19, 2018
Utah up 1 with 3 minutes left.pic.twitter.com/sQ1TOd9Mjg
12-2 Jazz run and it's all tied up.pic.twitter.com/eO4Ep4Z6Kp— Sporting News (@sportingnews) April 19, 2018
Utah 74 - Oklahoma City 79
Let’s just pretend that quarter never happened. Cool? Cool.
donovan mitchell is for real just trying to dunk everyone and everything to death and honestly i'm terrified but also i love it pic.twitter.com/2bdXTK6H2S— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) April 19, 2018
Yikes, Rudy Gobert. Bad outlet pass to Rubio, which leads to a MElo three, and a nine-point Jazz lead is down to just one.— Andy Larsen (@andyblarsen) April 19, 2018
Can confirm. I’ve been to Oklahoma...and while an earthquake did not “technically occur” during my visit, I’m almost certain it would’ve affected me differently than my short friends. https://t.co/bHX1TaBsgm— Tiffany (@tiffftripp) April 19, 2018
Great job by Rudy attacking the rim that time. Used his base to "get into" the defender and neutralize their jumping ability before exploding toward rim. 4 fouls on Adams. Now make a FT please! #UTAatOKC #TakeNote— JazzBasketball (@Jazzbasketball1) April 19, 2018
Utah Jazz 53 - Oklahoma City 46
Whatever changes Utah made between Game 2 and Game 1 are working. The Jazz have had their hands full with Playoff P who has 11 points and 7 rebounds, but the Jazz have countered with Postseason Rick (Ricky Rubio) with 12 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. The Jazz have their lead because of early foul trouble to Steven Adams and Derrick MOTHERFLIPPIN’ FAVORS. Derrick Favors has been a beast on the offensive rebounds. When Steven Adams and Rudy Gobert were both sitting with 2 fouls, Derrick Favors played big minutes and beasted the OKC Thunder.
Donovan Mitchell who has looked like he’s not at 100% has 8 points on 4 of 10 shooting. Joe Ingles who got quick out from Quin Snyder played better in the second quarter and has only 3 points. The Utah Jazz need a good game from Joe Ingles and so far he’s been neutralized by Paul George.
Outside of Paul George, Russell Westbrook has 10 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists. Carmelo has added 10 points. Outside of those three, no one has more than 6 points. Utah has limited the Thunder’s second chance points and forced OKC to turn the ball over. The Thunder have 9 turnovers in the 1st half.
For Utah to win this game they need to continue to limit Steven Adams second chance points and limit the Thunder’s role players. If OKC’s big three get little help, and they’re not getting second chance buckets, the Utah Jazz have a good chance to steal this game and homecourt.
Jazz up 53-46 at the half. RED PANDA IS PERFORMING AT HALFTIME. Also, Ricky Rubio leads Utah with 12, PG leads OKC with 11 (albeit on 3-8 shooting this time).— Andy Larsen (@andyblarsen) April 19, 2018
This account is a @slcdunk affiliate until further notice.— Silver Screen & Roll (@LakersSBN) April 19, 2018
It’s almost like they shouldn’t take those shots.
Both Jazz and Thunder are 1/8 from midrange so far.— Andy Larsen (@andyblarsen) April 19, 2018
Paul George is a machine.
Paul George's rim-out miss makes him 3 of 4 tonight, 11 of 15 in the series. With his 4-point play, he has scored 34 points on those 15 attempts.— Kurt Kragthorpe (@tribkurt) April 19, 2018
I'm not sure that's our choice at this point https://t.co/OZGN9csBs9— Mike (@RxMike12) April 19, 2018
George is still guarding Ingles, which is limiting his effectiveness as a playmaker. He's not moving much into the paint, where he's effective as a PNR passer.— Kyle Goon (@kylegoon) April 19, 2018
Utah Jazz 26 - Oklahoma City 25
With Steven Adams leaving the first quarter with 2 fouls, Derrick Favors took over. He had 9 points, 7 rebounds (5 offensive). Billy Donovan went really small with Carmelo at the 5. Derrick Favors ate. Donovan Mitchell is looking good but not exploding off that foot. The Thunder definitely are blitzing Mitchell on pick and rolls. Jae Crowder has 3 fouls and it’s doubtful we see him for the rest of the first half. Dante Exum is getting to the rim. He’s awesome. Ricky Rubio had a good first quarter. Let’s see if it continues.
Great example why the defense absolutely cannot allow the ball to be rolled to half court pic.twitter.com/gEuVrLSG5I— BBALLBREAKDOWN (@bballbreakdown) April 19, 2018
A theme for the Jazz during these two games has been their inability to make wide open looks....They've missed their first two wide open 3-point looks tonight....The Thunder lead 17-15 with 4:19 remaining in the first quarter— Tony Jones (@tribjazz) April 19, 2018
Our Favorite Derrick gets the bucket! pic.twitter.com/IB18C8rMGs— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) April 19, 2018
Spurs GM RC Buford on the passing of Erin Popovich: "We mourn the loss of Erin. She was a strong, wonderful, kind, intelligent woman who provided love, support and humor to all of us." https://t.co/KabXQS0KuN— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 19, 2018
The Thunder may have the Jazz riiiiiiiight where they want them. https://t.co/oQTD72xCmh— Kyle Goon (@kylegoon) April 19, 2018
7-0 run for the Jazz to start— Tony Jones (@tribjazz) April 19, 2018
Welcome to Utah Jazz vs OKC Thunder to everyone who is 100% MOST DEFINITELY WATCHING NBATV VIA THEIR CABLE PROVIDER OR SATELLITE PROVIDER.— “Playoff SLC D” (@slcdunk) April 19, 2018
Here’s who to blame if the Utah Jazz lose tonight.
Tonight’s referees for Jazz/Thunder: Ken Mauer, James Williams, Gary Zielinski.— Andy Larsen (@andyblarsen) April 18, 2018
It looks like Donovan Mitchell AND Paul George are go for this game. Andy Larsen with the report.
Donovan Mitchell is available and will start for Game 2. (told ya so)— Andy Larsen (@andyblarsen) April 18, 2018
Paul George will play and start for the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 2. (He also was listed as questionable)— Andy Larsen (@andyblarsen) April 18, 2018
When: Wednesday, Apr. 18, 2018 •6 PM MT
Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena • Oklahoma City, OK
TV: NBATV, AT&T Sports Net - Rocky Mountain
Radio: 1280 AM/97.5 FM The Zone
Donovan Mitchell - foot contusion - probable
Thabo Sefolosha - knee - out for season
Paul George - hip contusion - questionable, but there’s no way he doesn’t play.
Andre Roberson - knee - out for season
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