Published: Thu, April 26, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Mitchell, Jazz dump Thunder for 3-1 series lead

Mitchell, Jazz dump Thunder for 3-1 series lead

Nothing will break Russell Westbrook's spirit. Robert Gobert had 16 points and 10 rebounds while Donovan Mitchell was fantastic, piercing OKC's defense like hot knife through a helpless dinner roll. Within the course of the game against the feisty, flowing Jazz, there are inevitable tasks the team will encounter.

Utah took both games in Salt Lake City against Oklahoma City after going 1-4 at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in the postseason previous year.

"Always", he said. "Never change". The team's superstar trio has failed to deliver on a consistent basis when it matters the most and the lack of a supporting cast has really hampered Oklahoma City.

The Jazz are 42-13 when they score more than 100 points, while the Thunder are 45-19. The argument has surfaced time and time again throughout the season: some form of, things will work out because of the talent and history and names. It was already looking likely that the Rockets would improve to a 3-1 lead in the series after having dropped Game 3, but few could have predicted the offensive outburst that was about to occur.

But dancing to all that jazz are elephants in the room, such as Carmelo Anthony's playing time. However, the National Basketball Association has announced he'll be fined $10,000 and retroactively assessed a technical foul - initially, Gobert and Raymond Felton got T'd up - for his role and won't be suspended. He missed all six of his 3-pointers. Small forward Joe Ingles, who has had a back-and-forth with Thunder star Paul George all series, put in 20 points on 6-of-12 from the floor including 5-of-11 from 3-point distance.

Donovan Mitchell had 33 points and seven rebounds to lead the Jazz to their third straight win in the series. Mitchell is now averaging 27.5 points per game during the regular season after putting in 20.5 per during the regular season.

The NBA is reportedly reviewing Russell Westbrook's Game 4 incident, and deliberating whether or not a suspension is warrented for Game 5. "It's fun to see it, and it's fun to help him get better".

As for the Thunder, they didn't get much going after a good first quarter.

The rule in question is whether or not Russ was allowed into the game by a referee or if he "left the bench". But it was too late by then.

"It was not about me or him", Westbrook said. The Rockets eliminated them that night. In Game 4, the Thunder struggled to 39.3 percent shooting from the field and went just five of 26 from beyond the arc. Westbrook got in early foul trouble and sat out the end of the first half after picking up his fourth, but did manage to play 36 minutes and ended with five fouls. I don't think we need anybody else.

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