Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook wasn't too impressed with Rubio and thinks he will be able to take him during Monday's Game 4. "I'd just be at home anyway, go help my dad or whatever, stack firewood, chop down a tree or some s-, but after that, I was just like, 'Oh yeah!' and game the rest of the day". So, what would click for him in Game 3? With him at the five spot and Patrick Patterson at the four spot, Rudy was forced to make hard decisions about what to do on defense, resulting in some hot shooting from the three-point line for OKC. This was a key to the series given that OKC is one of the worst at contesting and defending the three-point line. After a quick putback bucket by Gobert to begin the third, a Westbrook 3-pointer kicked off a 10-0 OKC run, which gave the Thunder a short-lived lead.
The Jazz defeated the Thunder 115-102 at the Vivint Smart Home Arena on Saturday, taking a 2-1 series lead thanks to a rare triple double from Rubio. The Jazz outscored the Thunder by 22 points with Rubio on the floor. The 27-year-old Spaniard scored 26 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out ten assists to lead Utah to victory, earning them a 2-1 series lead in the process. And, given he is 11 for 31 overall and 4 for 16 from three through two games, it's hard to argue against Utah's strategy.
The Jazz changed coverages on Westbrook throughout the game and surprised the perennial All-Star with different players in his expected passing lanes.
George has proven to live up to that with his play on the court through the first couple of games in the series. Adams is averaging just 9.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, and on Saturday contributed a meager eight points and two boards in 26 minutes of action. "This whole year, there's never been two games in a row that Steven Adams has been in foul trouble", Donovan said. "We're just making it harder on them, making them take tough shots and just trying to find ways to stop a high-powered offense", Towns said. Harden was just 3 for 8, his rainbows often drifting to the left, as the Wolves kept up what has been a better-than-usual defensive performance in this series.
Russell Westbrook acknowledged Ricky Rubio's stellar night and triple double, but said it won't happen again.