Russell Westbrook sends explosive message to Ricky Rubio after Jazz loss

Posted April 23, 2018

Ricky Rubio had 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to spur the Utah Jazz to a 115-102 win over Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday. Rubio called it "an honor" to have his name next to the Jazz legend. "It's huge. I have huge respect for him".

As the Jazz trailed 47-43 in the second quarter, Rubio was the catalyst for their impressive 25-8 run, scoring 10 straight points to give his team a 53-49 lead.

"He made some shots", Westbrook said in the post-game conference. Too comfortable. But I'm gonna shut that (expletive) off next game though.

Rookie Donovan Mitchell added a game high 28. However, so far in the series, the Jazz have been out-rebounding the Thunder by eight per game 55.7 to 47.7 per game. Both teams are taking a click over 30 3-point attempts per game, but OKC have connected on a huge 42.4 percent of these, over six percent more than Utah's 36.3% connection rate. 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. With Carmelo Anthony really struggling to get going, I don't like the Thunder's chances if George doesn't pick up the slack. "But tonight... We got open shots, and it's easy to make shots when you are open".

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His achievement was heightened by the fact it came against the triple-double king, Westbrook.

The 21-year-old had the first playoff triple-double by a rookie in almost 40 years as the 76ers outlasted the Miami Heat 106-102 to move within one victory of the second round.

Rubio's explosion was a long time coming.

Rubio laughed and made sure to jab Ingles back.

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Westbrook didn't take a shot in the fourth quarter, but said he doesn't have any specific physical injury. Meanwhile, after a horrendous Game 1, Jonas Jerebko was the star off the bench for the Jazz in Game 2 with 10 points of his own on 5-of-9 shooting and was an astounding plus-19.

"It was just tough shooting", George said.

"A lot of s-- going on with my body", Westbrook said, "but that's everybody right now".

"It's been lame, obviously, because I want to be out there on the floor", Adams said.

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Mitchell said he isn't expecting to see a desperate Thunder team when game No. 4 happens Monday night, but is expecting more physicality.