Utah Jazz slicing up the Oklahoma City Thunder defense off to a 16 to 4 start. Mitchell with an amazing start. 9 points. Jazz want Thunder late in the shot clock have them late on 5 of first 7 possessions
Pace has been very fast
Thunder offensive rating is 104.5
Jazz offensive rating is 92.9
Jazz only turning it over on 10% of possessions but not making shot. 4 of 14 from 3.
Joe Ingles has no assists and no rebounds. That has not happened all season in the first half of a game
Two points of view
Optimist – Thunder stars have been great and Jazz are just 4 of 14 from three and down 6.
Pessimist: Their stars are great and the playoffs are a stars time.
Playoff P is fabulous tonight. Paul George has 26 points of 9 of 14 from the field. Paul George is a real problem for the Jazz in this series. Thunder lead it 62-53 with 8:50 left in the 3rd quarter
Last time someone showed something as much Thunder showed the replay on Rubio is Buckwheat has been shot on SNL
The foul on Gobert did not exist on the replay I saw and it was his 4th and he goes to the bench with Jazz down 68-61
This doesn’t feel good. Jazz trail 70-61 and feels like a lot more or that it is about to be a lot more. Whistle not going there way. No rhythm to the offense. Westbrook usually checks out right now. Jazz need to go on run.
Paul George is unreal. 31 points on 17 shots. 7 of 10 from three. Donovan Mitchell has been great 23 points and 10 rebounds. However, Mitchell in serious pain and going to the locker-room
DONOVAN MITCHELL IS GOING TO THE LOCKER-ROOM. WAS IN MAJOR PAIN IN HIS FOOT
Donovan Mitchell is on his way to the Thunder locker-room to get x-rays of his foot acccording to @tonyparkszone
Paul George is unstoppable so Jazz have broken out of their normal defense and are doubling the ball. George unselfishly has moved the ball out of the double each time and Abrines has two three pointers. Thunder up 92-80 with 8:23. Paul George has been amazing in all facets
Donovan Mitchell now getting ready to check back in the game
Donovan Mitchell becomes the 12th rookie in NBA history to score 27 points in his first playoff game. Brandon Jennings in 2010 had 34 and Derrick Rose has 36 in 2009
Russell Westbrook does not care about his numbers don’t watch him ask him
Thunder have been great tonight. If this is playoff Thunder look out. Paul George brilliant. Carmelo not a negative. Westbrook has made enough shots and they are 14 of 28 from three. They are as good as they can be right now
Thunder win Game 1 116-108 — Paul George was fabulous 36 points on 13 of 20 shooting. Westbrook had 29 points on 10 of 25 (think the Jazz would be ok with that on most nights) Thunder 14 of 29 from three
SPECIAL – Episode 3 of 1991-92 Utah Jazz – The Most Pivotal of them All – Greatest Regular Season Game, John Stockton and Karl Malone
Episode 3 of David Locke’s 1991-92 Utah Jazz Season- The Most Pivotal of them All looks at the Jazz remarkable win over the Chicago Bulls in triple overtime and then the incredible play of peak John Stockton and peak Karl Malone. This episode includes Mark Eaton, Phil Johnson, Craig Bolerjack, Ron Boone, Steve Luhm and Brad Rock. Thanks to the Salt Lake Tribune for the access to their achives.
SPECIAL – The 1991-92 Utah Jazz – The most pivotal of them all – Episode 2
David Locke, the radio voice of the Utah Jazz and Jazz NBA Insider, takes you back to 1991-92 for a 5 part series on the year that was the most pivotal in Utah Jazz history. In the opening episode, we learned how the Utah Jazz were viewed after playoff slips ups, remembered the HIV diagnosis of Magic Johnson and opened the Delta Center. In the 2nd episode, we learn more about the engine behind the Jazz Larry H Miller, the Jazz trade a beloved Thurl Bailey and Karl Malone’s elbow collides with Isaiah Thomas’s face and controversy ensues.
Part 1- 1991-92 Utah Jazz Audio Documentary – The Most Pivotal of them All.
David Locke, the radio voice of the Utah Jazz and Jazz NBA insider, takes you back to the 1991-92 season. A season that may be the most pitvotal in Utah Jazz history. On Part 1 of the show we look at where the Utah Jazz franchise sat as John Stockton was about to turn 30, the Jazz had multiple playoff failures and were entering the brand new Delta Center. Plus, the NBA world was rocked by Magic Johnson’s announcement.
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