Overall the Utah Jazz did a relatively good job against the Oklahoma City Thunder if you don’t count Paul George scoring 36 points on 72% 3pt shooting. But that’s what happens with playoff basketball, stars shine and Paul George shined the brightest.
Ricky Rubio struggled from the field, but it felt like he was taking shots he normally doesn’t take. That’s either the Thunder doing a good job on him defensively to get him off his spots, or he was just taking shots he shouldn’t. Either way he ended up shooting 5/18 and will need to do better.
Donovan Mitchell was a star in his playoff debut for the Jazz. He scored 27 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. It never stops amazing me how good he is so early. One year and he’s the lead dog on a playoff team. He’s a special, special player and the Jazz will need him to keep up his star level play to get a win in Game two.
It may not have looked like it, but Rudy Gobert played well. He kept Khal Drogo Steven Adams from having a huge impact while also helping to keep Russell Westbrook to 10 for 25 shooting.
If the Jazz want a game two victory, they’ll need to make some major adjustments, starting with Playoff P.