But the group conventionally referred to as "The Big Three" combined to shoot 0 of 14 during the fourth quarter of OKC's 102-95, Game 2 loss to the Jazz, when Utah's defenders didn't worry about the non-shooters that complemented the Thunder's three biggest names.
Ingles was disappointing by his standards, putting up 13 points, two rebounds, and an assist in his 31 minutes; with a smothering George making life hard for him. The Jazz got a big effort from Derrick Favors, who scored 20 points and collected 16 rebounds.
"He let me know I went 0 of 7 from 3 and I'm letting guys off the hook", Mitchell said. Would the home team ever win consecutive games, as never happened in the Jazz-Clippers series?
While the Thunder had a light, non-contact practice on Monday, Tuesday's practice incorporated contact and George was held out. With his rookie counterpart Donovan Mitchell banged up a little bit, it paves the way for Rubio to take over even more. We played as a team, played good team defense and everybody contested their shots.
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Adams picked up two fouls in the first quarter - both soft infringements against Gobert - and didn't play much of a part in the first half of the game. George had 18 points on 21 shots, Anthony had 17 points on 18 shots, and Westbrook had 19 points on 19 shots. Rubio's 3-pointer made it 85-80 with 8:47 remaining before the Thunder recovered to tie it at 87 on Steven Adams' inside basket with 6:54 left. On the defensive end, it's all about slowing Donovan Mitchell and limiting the damage Utah is doing on the offensive glass/in the paint. However, when left open and able to shoot in rhythm, Rubio was hitting, he was 5-of-8 from three on his way to 22 points and nine assists.
The rookie standout continued his splurge in the fourth quarter and made a floater to give the Jazz an 81-80 edge with 9:50 left. George's absence would also be a huge blow, but at least they have two other stars in Westbrook and Anthony who can step up and take on a bigger load on offense. She is known for her illustrations of Thunder players. "Things that we can correct, things that we need to correct, things that we will correct on the next game".
The Celtics led by as many as 20 in the fourth quarter. We threw the first punch, they punched us back tonight and now we have to go on the road and get a win at their place.