He claimed 26 points including 11 rebounds and 10 assists.
"Having my name next to his name is an honor", Rubio said. "But what else is he supposed to say?"
It's true that rotations tighten up and bench units don't typically play quite as big of a role in the playoffs, but Crowder had been an important part of Utah's run to end the season as their most reliable bench player, and they'll need him to round back into form.
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Though the Thunder are a good defensive side and Utah are the best in the league, the 210-point over/under total for this game is too low. Westbrook also had 11 rebounds and nine assists, just missing his ninth playoff triple-double but also had eight turnovers and shot 5 for 17.
Donovan Mitchell added 22 points for Utah, which took a 2-1 lead in its first-round series with Oklahoma City.
The under is 4-1 in the last five Jazz games versus a team with a winning road record. "I think the first two games, I wasn't being effective in the midrange area", he said. Game 3 is scheduled for Saturday at 9 p.m. That's particularly been the case for Jae Crowder, who was Utah's sixth man for the latter half of the regular season and put in some exceptional minutes. "We've got a lot of guys that can step up, so let's see what they take away". "But I get into foul trouble quick..." "I thought Joe just had a more aggressive mindset tonight", Snyder 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.
Fred Katz is the Thunder beat writer for the Norman Transcript and CNHI Oklahoma as well as the host of the postgame show, Thunder After Dark, and the OKC Dream Team, a weekly Thunder podcast that runs every Tuesday.
The OKC Thunder came out strong in this one, en route to an 8 point lead after one quarter of play. Yet here we are - and that's exactly what Utah is going to make him do. "So yeah, it moves you one foul closer to the bonus", Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. The crowd in Salt Lake City was extremely loud on Saturday and will likely be again on Monday. The Thunder need to get something going consistently from the perimeter to soften up Utah's stout interior defense.