By J.A. Sherman
The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Utah Jazz in game 1 of the opening round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs, 116-108. The Thunder were led by Paul George and Russell Westbrook, who combined to score 65 points to go along with 20 rebounds. OKC also got 15 points from Carmelo Anthony, but he only shot 5-13 and 2-7 from 3-point range. Steven Adams, who struggled with the Jazz defense for most of the night, finished the 4th strong with 12 points and 7 rebounds. The Jazz were led by wunderkind rookie Donovan Mitchell, who finished with 27-10-3 on 11-22 shooting, but may have injured his foot/ankle late in the 4th when Corey Brewer stepped on him.
Given the roller-coaster season the Thunder have just experienced and put us all through, it was probably the least surprising thing in the world to see them fall behind 11-2 with only 3 minutes gone in the game. However, just as we saw in Miami, OKC’s defense refocused itself and the Thunder ground their way back to a tie, which was critical because it set the stage for “Playoff P” to emerge, would be a profoundly silly pronouncement if it didn’t actually come true. Which it...