Ricky Rubio’s triple-double sparks Utah Jazz to 2-1 series lead against OKC Thunder

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  • SWWeatherGuy South Weber, UT
    April 23, 2018 4:54 p.m.

    @Casey See

    "Now should they win the championship, then all of the awards such as Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year Coach of the Year, Most improved, etc will come. If they make the championship, they might win a couple of those awards, else it will be snooze city. "

    Come when? Next season? That wouldn't make much sense. I believe all the accolades are awarded before the Championship series begins.

  • TerryHaimes Sturgis, MS
    April 22, 2018 6:39 p.m.

    Thunder had a good plan. Play rough, play defense, go inside and kick. Worked until Adam's got in foul trouble and the non-defenders reverted to their accustomed roles. Jazz decided to go after George (kept a fresh dedicated defender on him all night), defend the middle and let them shoot the three. Made it interesting early but the Jazz kept playing. Rubio put on a clinic in ball handling and his short range game was something to behold. The Jazz offense exploits what is given with the "four" setting the table for "the Mitchell show, ie the scorer". Mitchell gets into four trouble Exum takes over, Burks waiting in the wings. Any one of the three can get the job done along with Neto. Don't sell out young Stockton, he may have more of a future than most think. Hard to believe all the point guards on the roster. Think the answer is, there are actually not that many.

  • Sports Nutz Smithfield, UT
    April 22, 2018 5:28 p.m.

    Andy,

    Speaking of having a blind eye, you might want to take off the blinders as well. There are other teams with deserving players/coaches/GM's too.

  • Iowa Jazz Fan 2 Cedar Rapids, IA
    April 22, 2018 3:16 p.m.

    RE: at long last . . . .

    Royce O'Neil plays better defense and therefore Snyder has elevated him above Burks in the rotation. I totally agree that Alec has a lot of talent, especially driving to the basket and picking up fouls. I miss seeing him out there also.

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    April 22, 2018 10:49 a.m.

    Why doesn't Burks get more playing time? Although I don't really follow the Jazz, I do think he is a very talented player who gets fewer minutes than I would think he has earned. Any answers out there?

  • Casey See Camarillo, CA
    April 22, 2018 9:30 a.m.

    @ Little Andy

    I agree with you that the national media tends to overlook teams like the Jazz (or should we say just the Jazz). Now should they win the championship, then all of the awards such as Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year Coach of the Year, Most improved, etc will come. If they make the championship, they might win a couple of those awards, else it will be snooze city.

    It will be like we said at the beginning of the year, the Jazz will always exceed expectations and they might make it to the playoffs but that is all. So far these Jazz players are showing that individual stars don't win playoff games, it is everyone playing as a team and riding the player who is hot at the moment. What is great about that is the opposing team has no idea who to key on.

    Key on Rubio and Exum or Donovan will get hot. Go after Favors and it will be Crowder or Gobert. The injureis at the beginning of the season is actually helping now. 10 or more players have serious playing time. They have all played with different players on the court and know what to expect of each one.

  • ExDixieIte Salt Lake City, UT
    April 22, 2018 9:03 a.m.

    Thanks, Floyd, for showing the best that OKC fans have after watching your team quit on defense last night.

  • majmajor Layton, UT
    April 22, 2018 8:29 a.m.

    Great all-around team effort. Great job!

  • Kenngo1969 Pleasant Grove, UT
    April 22, 2018 7:56 a.m.

    Floyd Johnson - Broken Arrow OK

    Re: John Stockton not wearing his "assigned" shirt

    Judging from the look of the arena last night, there weren't too many who didn't "follow the rules" by not wearing their "assigned" shirts, though there probably were a few others. John Stockton has always been his own man. It's one of the things I like best about him: He never got caught up in the hype, he simply went out and played. In this state, his stature is such that he could show up stark naked at the arena, and he'd still be well received (though Nada might have a thing or two to say about that! ;-D)

  • Little Andy Tremonton, UT
    April 22, 2018 7:47 a.m.

    Looking at what should be awards this year. Gobert defensive player of the year, Mitchell rookie of the year, Snyder coach of the year, Lindsey executive of the year, Rubio, / Favors or both for comeback player of the year. But national media has a blind eye for players who acually deserve a award. Lets see what happens.

  • someguyaaron Parowan, UT
    April 22, 2018 6:50 a.m.

    We have a long way to go! But this Jazz team are making memories, not only for themselves but for us all.
    Go Jazz! Bring this Championship home to us!

  • Floyd Johnson Broken Arrow, OK
    April 21, 2018 10:54 p.m.

    Jazz hand out free shirts to co-ordinate the crowd. John Stockton says no thanks, I'll wear gray.