Thunder Drop Game 2 to Jazz in Playoff Series

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Rubio is the first Jazz player to earn a playoff triple-double since John Stockton in 2001.

"We all have phones, we all have social media so of course we're aware of it but what else was he supposed to say?" "It's huge. I have huge respect for him".

INJURY UPDATE: Westbrook was getting treatment on some sort of upper-body issue in Game 3 and was coy about it afterward, pointing out that most players are ailing at this time of year. They did it easily at home in Game 3, despite the Thunder shooting 50% from beyond the arc, something which probably won't happen again in Game 4. Just like the Thunder will continue to allow Ricky Rubio to shoot 3's and jump shots, playing the odds that he will miss, the Jazz will gladly let Russell Westbrook settle for bad mid-range shots; Most of which are contested turn-around-fade-aways. "I'm gonna shut that s-- off next game, though".

While Donovan Mitchell dominated the headlines in Game 2, by scoring 28 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter, it was Derrick Favors who really sparked the Jazz with 20 points and 16 rebounds. In the first two games, the Jazz have received few contributions from their reserve unit, which is something that will likely need to change dramatically if they are to win Game 3 and take a 2-1 victory. The Thunder need a victory to avoid going back to Oklahoma facing an elimination game on Wednesday.

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Jazz forward Jonas Jerebko confirmed in the most intuitive of ways that his team is fully aware of the guarantee.

Rubio sparked a 20-4 run in the first half to overcome a 12-point deficit, hitting a flurry of midrange jumpers as the Thunder sagged off of the point guard. The Thunder did a good job on him for three quarters of Game 2, but he was able to get rolling and torch the OKC defense for 13 points in the fourth quarter. "We got open shots, and it's easy to make shots when you are open". I felt good about, but it wasn't going in. "But I get into foul trouble quick..." "Now it's all about kind of just understanding the situation that we're in".

Westbrook will come out like a man possessed in this game, and will put up a big triple-double. "I think as much as anything, you try to identify situations where a guy needs to be stronger with the ball, have better vision".

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Ricky Rubio waited seven years for a night like this.