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
Where do the minutes come from for Grayson Allen? What is Houston doing?
How many minutes will Grayson Allen play? Where will Dante Exum get his minutes? David Locke, radio voice of the Utah Jazz and Jazz NBA Insider, believes it is a combination of 144 minutes between the 1,2 and the 3 that will be divided amongst all the players and how they are playing at given time will determine more than position.
The Rockets are on the verge of adding Carmelo Anthony. How does this impact the Rockets? Oh dear it is an awful move by the Rockets and David Locke breaks down why and how it will impact the West.
Finally, Locke takes more of your questions about the Jazz and has a big time cookie debate.
Kawhi Leonard is a Raptor, where do the Spurs stand plus Utah Jazz culture
The NBA landscape continues to change with the Kawhi Leonard heading to the Raptors.
What is the Utah Jazz perspective on such a big deal and what does it mean for the landscape of the Western Conference? Why would the Raptors go all in for just 1 year, David Locke has an explanation.
Locke, the radio voice of the Utah Jazz and Jazz NBA Insider, takes a look back at the Jazz off-season and talks about the Jazz culture and salad.
Finally, a look at the off-season and a tip of the hat to the hard work of Georges Niang
Breaking down the Dante Exum contract, looking at the rest of the west and summer league update
The Utah Jazz are bringing the band back together with contracts for Derrick Favors, Dante Exum and Raul Neto. David Locke, radio voice of the Utah Jazz and Jazz NBA Insider, explains those decisions.
Specifically, Locke digs deep into the reported 3 year 33 million dollar contract for Dante Exum and explains how and why those numbers make sense to both sides of the negotiation.
Then Locke looks across the Western Conference to see who has gotten better and who hasn’t. The moves of the top teams in the West don’t necessarily make them all better.
Finally, a look at the play of Tony Bradley and Georges Niang in the summer league for the Utah Jazz.