Oklahoma City Thunder vs Utah Jazz: Thunder Facing Elimination

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The Oklahoma City Thunder and their big three (triple-double king Russell Westbrook, great two way player Paul George, and the aging Carmelo Anthony) are facing elimination in the 2018 NBA Playoffs.

The Utah Jazz, with their tenacity and ferociousness, has pushed the Oklahoma City Thunder continuously on both sides of the court. The Thunder, under the helm of former Florida State great coach Billy Donovan, have shown little ability to adapt to the Jazz’s game plan.

The Thunder threw multiple contested shots trying to break through the Jazz’s defense, but coming up short. The big three ended up being a negative plus minus while they were on the court, while the Jazz’s underrated collection of players were huge.

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) drives around Oklahoma City Thunder forward Corey Brewer (3) in the first half during Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Monday, April 23, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

The starters and the bench came up big several times over the series for the Jazz, while the Thunder continue to draw up plays on offense that looks simple at best.

On defense, they look tired and slow against the pass heavy offense of the Jazz led by Ricky Rubio.

And no matter how hard the Thunder tried to bully the Jazz, they came up short for the third time in this series. The Thunder face a huge uphill battle as they try and make this an even series over the course of two consecutive games.

The Jazz definitely looks like an early contender in the Western Conference of the NBA Playoffs.

Game 5 between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Utah Jazz is on Wednesday night at 9:30 PM.

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