Oklahoma City Looks to Thunder on the Jazz Parade in Game 4

Henrietta Strickland
April 24, 2018

Rubio had never reached the playoffs in his first six seasons with Minnesota. "I want to play better, too, that's it".

"I knew this was coming", Rubio said with a smile.

If the Thunder can develop a better rhythm on offense and wrap up at least one or two players on Utah like rookie Donovan Mitchell from scoring, then they could win tonight and head home with the potential of being in the driver's seat. Steven Adams confirmed that he thought Game 4 in Utah was a "must-win" for the Thunder.

His comments were actually quite consistent with comments made by his teammate Jonas Jerebko, who was also asked about Westbrook's vow.

Jerebko didn't seem concerned about whether or not Rubio would be able to have a similar performance as Game 3. But rather than engage in a war of words with the reigning MVP, Rubio said the media was "taking this too personal".

"I mean, the win was the most important thing", he said. "Ricky played awesome last game, so the competitor in anything would be like I want to go after him the next game". After a subpar start in Game 1 in which he shot 5 for 18, Rubio is now averaging 20.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 8.0 assists for the series. "In Game 3, I put up big numbers, but it wasn't just numbers, the whole team played good as a team, and we're gonna keep up that game plan". Rubio says that they need to stick to their gameplan. "We've just got to stay locked in and we're thankful we're at home".

For the Thunder's sake, they should hope that Westbrook is more effective than he has been.

Jazz leas 2-1. Game 4, 10:30 p.m. EDT, TNT.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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