Rubio's triple-double leads Jazz to playoff win
- Author: Regina Holmes Apr 23, 2018,
Apr 23, 2018, 14:54
Rubio became the first player since John Stockton in 2001 to post a triple double in the postseason. Having my name next to [Stockton's] name is an honor.
"We all have phones, we all have social media so of course we're aware of it but what else was he supposed to say?" Utah also had two players with double-doubles: Rookie guard Donovan Mitchell, with 22 points and 11 rebounds, and center Rudy Gobert, who had 18 points and 12 rebounds.
However, Westbrook was clearly frustrated after the game and "guarantees" Rubio won't repeat his triple-double feat. They did it easily at home in Game 3, despite the Thunder shooting 50% from beyond the arc, something which probably won't happen again in Game 4.
"He made some shots, too comfortable", Westbrook said after the game.
"I'm gonna shut that s*** off next game, though".
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Donovan Mitchell added 22 points for Utah, which took a 2-1 lead in its first-round series with Oklahoma City. Per Justin in the comments section, Westbrook is shooting just 27 percent when driving to the rim in the first two games. The Jazz covered the spread as 5-point favorites, and the game went over the total of 209.
MORE BOARDS: During the regular season, the Thunder were the fifth-best rebounding team in the National Basketball Association and the No. 1 offensive rebounding team. The Jazz, meanwhile, allowed only 91.3 points per 100 while defending in the half court, third-best in the league, per Synergy. The whole season, I've been saying if somebody gets by me, it's like, "All right, go ahead, try it". Getting a body on Favors would be a good start - something I'm not entirely certain Melo is capable of.
"The way we play, its a lot easier to shoot open shots", Ingles said. Carlos Boozer had the last triple-double for the Jazz in 2008, but it came in the regular season. Maybe as the series goes on, the Jazz can put more and more of an emphasis on taking that away.
As for Adams, he admits he never thinks he fouls, saying, "I have a problem with every call to be honest".
Some parts of the game, no matter how much time is spent refining them, just seem to slide the wrong way. Now, as they head to Salt Lake City for an important Game 3 on Saturday night, they have an excellent opportunity to take a decisive 2-1 lead as my J-Notes partner-in-crime Ryan Aston mentioned on Friday night.