Published: Tue, April 24, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Ricky Rubio posts triple-double for Jazz in win

Ricky Rubio posts triple-double for Jazz in win

Ricky Rubio became the first Jazz player to record a playoff triple-double since John Stockton in 2001, but Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook wasn't all that impressed. If you believe Westbrook, all of his personal efforts will be dedicated to stopping Rubio, who has been phenomenal in the playoffs so far with averages of 20.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 8.0 assists.

"He made some shots", Westbrook said.

Bill Haisten (Tulsa World) on the Thunder being doomed in Game 4 if Westbrook doesn't improve: "In four series, Oklahoma City had a three-games-to-one deficit".

Part of that has to do with Adams being off the court more and because of the strong play of Gobert and Derrick Favors inside for the Jazz and the Jazz guards crashing the boards (11 each for Ricky Rubio and Donovan Mitchell in Game 2). "It's huge. I have huge respect for him". "But tonight... We got open shots, and it's easy to make shots when you are open". Whether he can do it efficiently is another question, but expect him to take more than the 17 shots he took last game and dish out double figures in assists this time around.

"I think the first two games, I wasn't being effective in the midrange area". With a loss, OKC regains home court advantage and we go to OKC 2-2, needing to win at least one more game on the road.

Rubio finished with 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, and was the catalyst for the Jazz taking a 2-1 lead in the series.

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The Jazz have yet to have a really good three-point shooting night. In the meantime, Westbrook and the Thunder have plenty of work to do.

Kyle Goon (Salt Lake Tribune) on Rudy Gobert being ready for the Thunder going small: "The key to Oklahoma City's offensive success in this series has never been a secret: The Thunder want to get Rudy Gobert away from the basket".

"We've just got to understand it'll be a long game next game and they'll come out with more aggression", he said. "Joe just threw himself into the defensive end as well".

Not surprisingly, when Thunder teammate Carmelo Anthony was asked about Westbrook's comments on guaranteeing he'll shut down Rubio, he was all for it.

"We all have phones, we all have social media so of course we're aware of it but what else was he supposed to say?"

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