Utah Jazz: 3 takeaways from Game 3 vs. Thunder

If the Jazz get it, they could take the upper hand in this series. So it was a little odd to see Jazz guard Ricky Rubio put up a monster triple-double against Westbrook in Utah's 115-102 Game 4 victory on Saturday. Oklahoma City took a 45-33 lead on a driving layup from Russell Westbrook about five minutes into the quarter.

"I just changed my mentality and tried to be more aggressive", Rubio said.

Utah certainly went all out with its presentation for its first home playoff game this postseason.

Rudy Gobert should be getting noticed as well. The 27-year-old Spaniard scored 26 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out ten assists to lead Utah to victory, earning them a 2-1 series lead in the process. I presume he'll be allowed to take as many shots as he wants yet again, but Russ will need to play defense and get a hand in his face if Rubio shows any signs of a hot hand. Jazz forward Jonas Jerebko said. "When you do that, your offense kind of comes more naturally". Because I've tried it. Westbrook defended him much of the evening. Utah will give themselves a 3-1 lead heading back to Oklahoma City with a 109-104 win.

Paul George, who broke a pair of Thunder records in game 1, posted just 18-points banging home only 4 threes. He was talking about slowing down Rubio, but he might be better served getting himself going again.

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Thunder beat writer Fred Katz caught up with Adams and asked him about Gobert's One Piece shoes (designed by legendary shoe customizer Kickstradomis).

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.

MORE BOARDS: During the regular season, the Thunder were the fifth-best rebounding team in the National Basketball Association and the No. 1 offensive rebounding team. "I felt like they outworked us, and that should never happen", Rockets guard Gerald Green said. The Thunder shot 14 for 28 from 3-point range. I made a run. "We got open shots, and it's easy to make shots when you are open".

PRESSURE IS ON: Rockets center Clint Capela. The Jazz also have a 37-25 advantage in offensive rebounds and a 49-36 edge in second-chance points. It's a concern for Donovan along with some other issues on the court. Determine the victor of that one, and you'll likely determine the victor of the game - and, possibly, the series.

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