Unfortunately for the Jazz, they weren't able to do either effectively.
So, Thunder coach Billy Donovan called a timeout. When the season started back in October, Sam Presti seemed like an early front runner for Executive of the Year. Given Paul George's contract situation, the Thunder are sorely lacking in terms of time. A couple of plays after that, he hit another.
This is going to be an ugly and long series by the looks of it.Game 1: Pacers 98, Cavaliers 80The Pacers cruised to an 18-point road victory in Game 1, taking control of this series.
George made 8 of his 11 attempts on 3-pointers.
Steven Adams does not take appearing in the National Basketball Association playoffs lightly, even if the big Kiwi is about to make his fourth post-season appearance in five seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder. That same joke won't play the same way anymore. In the 2013, 2014, and 2016 postseason runs, George averaged 21.9 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.4 assists and a True Shooting Percentage of 57.5 percent while averaging almost 41 minutes per game. "You don't want to forget the great season that we had, but it's a new one starting".
The Thunder made sure of that when they downed Memphis 137-123 during Wednesday's season finale, bringing Oklahoma City to 48-34 at the season's conclusion. When he coined his alter ego, "Playoff P", he wasn't actually talking about scoring.
Donovan Mitchell has taken over headlines this year, but making the Utah Jazz a relevant force in the National Basketball Association again doesn't stop after a stellar regular season. That may be a challenge, however, considering Ingles' assignment to guard George.
BC-BKN-Jazz-Thunder, 343George scores 36, leads Thunder to 116-108 win over JazzAP Photo OKSO104, OKSO107, OKSO108, OKSO109, OKSO105, OKSO106, OKSO101, OKSO102, OKSO103Eds: APNewsNow. "We all understand that", Westbrook said at Thunder practice.
As we've seen so many times over the past few seasons, rosters that include multiple mega stars and big egos often take months, even years to coalesce.
That is what it will take if Utah plans to return home with the series tied at one game apiece.
Game 2 is Wednesday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
"That's part of the game", George said. They did, so we move on. "You've got to trust your teammates". Through a game, he can't do much more than he did.