Game four between the Utah Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunder was a battle and the NBA looked back at the tape to decide if any suspensions were in order. The play that got the most attention was when Russell Westbrook left the bench after Raymond Felton hit Rudy Gobert in the beignets. (h/t Brent Barry for that line from last night)
NBA apparently reviewing whether Russell Westbrook should be suspended for Thunder-Jazz Game 5 https://t.co/6xqykywgj7— Kurt Helin (@basketballtalk) April 24, 2018
Shams Charania reported that Russell Westbrook will not be suspended, but fined $10,000 instead.
Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook has been fined $10,000 by NBA and issued technical foul for incident with Utah’s Rudy Gobert in Game 4 last night.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 24, 2018
It’s good to be a star in the NBA.
Strange as it may sound, this is probably good for the Jazz. The Jazz defensive schemes have done a great job containing Westbrook’s aggressive style, especially in transition, and having him play means less adjustments that need to be made.
Kevin Durant was asked whether he was surprised by the Jazz 3-1 lead over the Oklahoma City Thunder. His answer was great.
Kevin Durant on if he's surprised by Utah's 3-1 lead over Oklahoma City:— KNBR (@KNBR) April 24, 2018
"No, because we got our asses kicked by them twice." pic.twitter.com/hJpGAte19A
National Pundits like Charles Barkley are starting to realize just how good the Jazz are. But the players (like Durant) and blog boys out there have known for a while that the Utah Jazz are a legit threat to upset anyone on any given night.
Rachel Nichols brought up a great point about the Jazz/Thunder series. There will probably be some who, if the Jazz close out the series, will consider it an upset. But is it really? With deserving ROY, COY and DPOY candidates on the team, maybe it’s not an upset at all.
From #TheJump: If the Jazz knock out OKC, is it an upset? With the favorite for Defensive Player of the Year, a lead candidate for Coach of the Year & one of the most exciting rookies of the past decade, Utah is starting to make fans ask who's really the superteam in this series. pic.twitter.com/imOdRmRYaY— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) April 24, 2018
I also love how much love Jazz fans are getting nationally for how loud they’ve been and the special connection with the team.
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Finally, I hope that Jazz fans are enjoying just how special this season has been. Just when you think the season couldn’t get better something else happens that warms your heart.
Seeing Jerry Sloan get a high five from David Stockton’s son gives me all the warm fuzzies.
Jerry high-fiving David Stockton's son I'm dead pic.twitter.com/h9n2VIfOcu— moni (@monilogue) April 24, 2018
Then you see Donovan Mitchell get caught up in the emotion from the crowd and it takes things to another level. I can’t remember a season filled with so many great moments. This will always be the season where everything turned around, the season that started another era of unprecedented winning and maybe, just maybe, the title Jazz fans have always wanted.