Thunder target 'Slow-Mo Joe' to beat Jazz


Matt Pinto, the team's radio voice, will fill in for Davis on the broadcast when the Thunder host the Utah Jazz in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series Sunday night, according to multiplemedia outlets.

What's great about this first round series is that it ultimately is a fight between two teams trying to show the rest of the league that they really are relevant and that getting to the playoffs wasn't some stroke of luck.

It happened amidst losing starting shooting guard Corey Brewer, who went down with what the Thunder called a "knee sprain" during the fourth quarter.

"That's his name now?" Westbrook told Anthony yes and hurried up putting on his outfit, assisted by the fact he wasn't wearing a shirt underneath his designer gray suit.

Though the Jazz pummeled the Warriors Tuesday night, the Warriors did defeat the Thunder 111-107 on Tuesday, April 3 in Oklahoma City without the services of Curry or Andre Iguodala.

George made 13 of 20 shots, including eight of 14 3-pointers.

Utah won the final quarter, but could only make up one point, with the Thunder claiming an eight-point victory. "Once we relaxed and started to play our game, we buckled down defensively and found what we wanted offensively".

The playoffs are a different arena.

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It's not all good news for George and the Thunder, though, as it is being reported by Royce Young of ESPN that the two-way forward has been diagnosed with a right hip contusion following the contest.

Chalk it up to the physicality.

But in one instance, George had all night to shoot. "Just take them and just be decisive on setting it up and looking for those opportunities", George said. A trap down on the baseline led to a desperate Jazz pass back into the middle of the floor, and George was there to pick it off cleanly.

George figures to draw perhaps the most important defensive assignment, taking over for Roberson in guarding Jazz rookie guard Donovan Mitchell.

Utah owe their defensive prowess mainly to frontcourt players Rudy Gobert, who has an outstanding defensive rating of 97.7. People that's talking or saying whatever they need to say, they should try doing it and see how hard it is.

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Acting as facilitator, George didn't record an assist Sunday, but played the creator when defenders converged. G Alex Abrines (concussion protocol) did not play. I was anxious about George's shooting slump coming into the playoffs but he looks to be back to his old self so I'm taking the Thunder to get the win and cover again. "When he's aggressive, it changes the game for us", Westbrook said. "Like Melo said, he had it going". Our job is to make sure we find him, make it easy for him.