The Utah Jazz. The Oklahoma City Thunder.
Donovan Mitchell. Russell Westbrook.
Mano a mano. Head-to-head.
Sure the first-round playoff series between the Jazz and Thunder is much bigger than an individual matchup between a star rookie and the reigning MVP, but boy, oh boy, will they be fun to watch. Westbrook enters the postseason after becoming the first in history to average a triple-double for an entire season in back-to-back years while Mitchell has carried the Jazz to a fifth seed while breaking Damian Lillard’s NBA rookie record for 3-pointers made as the team’s scoring leader.
Westbrook is mean on the court, but he once offered rare advice to Mitchell after a December game in Utah that shocked the Louisville product.
In four regular-season matchups against Oklahoma City, Utah won just once while being held to 43.5 percent shooting from the field. However, the playoffs are a different story.
Game 1 starts today at 4:30 p.m. on AT&T SportsNet, TNT and AM-1280, FM-97.5 and AM-1600 on the radio.
Let’s get ready to rumble!