The Oklahoma City Thunder host the Utah Jazz for game two of their NBA Western Conference playoff series on Wednesday, April 18, at 7 p.m. CT inside Chesapeake Arena. Mitchell said he was fine, but the Jazz did not say he was good to go until just minutes before game two.
Mitchell ended with a game-high 28 points and six rebounds, despite fighting through a left foot contusion as a game-time decision to even suit up.
Coach Steve Kerr stuck with JaVale McGee as his starting center, and the 7-footer contributed 10 points and seven rebounds as the well-rounded defending champions again showed off their remarkable depth.
The Thunder are hoping their star trio would not disappear when they needed these players the most.
Ingles was disappointing by his standards, putting up 13 points, two rebounds, and an assist in his 31 minutes; with a smothering George making life hard for him. "I just took what the game gave me".
Donovan Mitchell exploded onto the National Basketball Association scene this year and was a rookie sensation for the Utah Jazz throughout the regular season. Mitchell said center Rudy Gobert told him to quit settling for jumpers.
George actually said that he wasn't able to put shorts on at one point, meaing that the Thunder training staff must have worked wonders on him to even get back healthy enough to get on the floor for Game 2.
Russell Westbrook had 29 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists and Anthony added 15 points for the Thunder, who will host Game 2 on Wednesday.
Rubio had 12 points, five rebounds and five assists in the first half to help the Jazz take a 53-46 halftime lead.
Derrick Favors had career playoff bests of 20 points and 16 rebounds for the Jazz, and Ricky Rubio had 22 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in the first playoff win of his seven-year career. George led the Thunder with 11 points at the break.
"There was a time out (after the OKC run) where there was a just a determination, and we felt like we would rely on our defense, and that's what we did", Jazz coach Quin Snyder said after the game. Game 3 will be Saturday in Utah. But George made only 1 of his last 9 attempts from 3-point range, and Anthony missed twice in the last minute, with the Thunder down by four. Mitchell finished with 28 points to lead the Jazz.