Anthony all for Westbrook's guarantee of shutting down Rubio

Kragthorpe Jazz’s quest to beat OKC is becoming a group project

Kragthorpe Jazz’s quest to beat OKC is becoming a group project

Rubio Heat Check. Ricky Rubio scored 22 points on 5-of-8 shooting from downtown in Game 2 - getting the best of his match-up with Westbrook. "Having my name next to his name is an honor", Rubio said, according to ESPN. "I have huge respect for him and playing here was great because I know how big of a point guard he was for this franchise".

Russell Westbrook was the only Thunder player with more than 10 rebounds, while Rudy Gobert (12), Donovan Mitchell (11) and Ricky Rubio (11) all got in on the act. The Thunder are 5-6 in their last 11 games, and no one needs to remind them of how low the success rate is for teams that go down 3-1 in a series.

"A lot of [expletive] going on with my body", Westbrook said after the game.

Though the Thunder are a good defensive side and Utah are the best in the league, the 210-point over/under total for this game is too low. After scoring 27 in his postseason debut, he added 28 points in a 102-95 Game 2 victory as the Jazz evened the series at a game apeice. He's expected to play regular minutes in Game 4, as well.

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Ingles, who was a primary cog in Utah's offense as the Jazz got better and better throughout the season, was almost invisible in the first two games against the defense of George. "We haven't had two games this year where we've had to battle foul trouble with him like we've had to in Games 2 and 3". With the first round match-up knotted at one game apiece, Oklahoma City can either regain control or fall behind in a series Vegas now projects Utah to ultimately win. "For me right now with our staff and the trust I have in them, it's better to watch the game independently where each guy gets a different idea of what's going on". "We got open shots, and it's easy to make shots when you are open".

"But tonight, it felt good seeing the first couple go in". The Jazz also have a 37-25 advantage in offensive rebounds and a 49-36 edge in second-chance points.

George scored a team-high 36 points, 24 of them coming after he got hurt, on 13 of 20 shooting during Game 1's 116-108 victory over the Jazz. And as the series continues, it's conceivable the Euro-fouls could start to pile, given the Thunder's makeup.

Fred Katz is the Thunder beat writer for the Norman Transcript and CNHI Oklahoma as well as the host of the postgame show, Thunder After Dark, and the OKC Dream Team, a weekly Thunder podcast that runs every Tuesday.