Published: Fri, April 20, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

OKC Thunder Face Injury Concerns Entering Game Two

OKC Thunder Face Injury Concerns Entering Game Two

Anthony's baseline jumper culminated the burst with 1:02 remaining. But obviously, the Jazz players will need to do more to compensate for Mitchell's offense.

Russell Westbrook is a finalist for Best Style at the 2018 NBA Awards, an award he won last season in addition to his Most Valuable Player award. Paul George's primary defender in this series, it would have been easy for Ingles to lose all confidence after George went off in Game 1 and scored 36 points. If that trio does what its reputation says it's capable of, scoring from Grant can complement it - usually from closer to the basket.

Important questions are surrounding Wednesday night's 2nd game between the Thunder and the Utah Jazz. It's how Utah got the win Game 2 win, 102-95, to even the series as it heads to Salt Lake City. He finished second to Mitchell in terms of shot attempts in Game 1 but went just 5-of-18 from the field. "But that doesn't happen unless you're collectively defending as a unit". From the first minute to the 48th in these National Basketball Association playoffs, it's the team that capitalizes on those little things and understands how they pile up that typically comes away victorious. Sports tweeted this interesting Ricky Rubio-themed tidbit about the Wolves, who lost their own Game 2 to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.

Mitchell's status for the game was up in the air after he was suffering from left foot soreness after game one.

Brewer, who said his sprained right knee was about "80 percent" in Game 1, participated in contact Tuesday. With his rookie counterpart Donovan Mitchell banged up a little bit, it paves the way for Rubio to take over even more. George said it was a re-aggravation of an injury he sustained against Atlanta on March 13. "I expect these two, three days in between going to Utah, I should be back to 100". "I'm just trying not to make the same fouls, just so I can stay in the game". Interestingly enough, that's when the Thunder went on its 19-0 run. "There was a timeout where there was just a determination, and I think we just felt like we needed to rely on our defense".

Ah, the 19-0 run, part of the pseudo Bizarro Thunder performance.

Alex Abrines hit two 3-pointers early in the fourth quarter to give Oklahoma City a 92-80 lead and force Utah to call timeout. Rubio made five 3-pointers and finished with 22 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. They were outscored 33-21 in the third quarter before bouncing back in the fourth.

The Thunder had a chance. Shots are going to fall. "But looking for my shot too when it was open". But is that what OKC wanted?

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