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Paul George's "Playoff P" persona hurts the Jazz with his 3-pointers

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During the Thunder's final regular-season game on Wednesday night, Davis said that Westbrook was "out of his cotton-picking mind" following a nifty assist by the guard.

The Thunder claimed a six-point lead at the half, and added to it in the third quarter to lead by nine with 12 minutes to go. "They are going to give me perimeter shots or midrange shots".

They're entire team should be proud of the effort they had for the entire game, and it is just the first game in the series. "That was the game plan, so we are going to go back and adjust". He set an Oklahoma City playoff record with eight 3-pointers, blowing past the previous mark of five.

"We all understand that", Westbrook said at Thunder practice. "Our job is to find him and make it easy for him". He had averaged more than 27 points per game in the playoffs for the Pacers the past two years. Oklahoma City led 54-48 at halftime behind 20 points from George and 14 from Westbrook.

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Corey Brewer returned as well finishing with seven points. Paul got it going. The biggest problem with the Jazz's offensive inefficiency was that the Thunder were able to get into transition, creating mismatches or shot attempts where the Jazz defense wasn't able to contest shots as closely as they'd like to.

Homework assignments during the offseason: For George, a tightening of his handle on the basketball. For Adams, it's to become less predictable offensively.

Against Utah's 7-foot-1 Rudy Gobert, the right-handed Adams was stoned on several post moves. Gobert isn't most defenders. The Thunder are averaging 107.9 points on the season, ranking them 12th in the National Basketball Association. His ability to score and be a menace on the defensive end of the court make him a valuable piece for the Thunder, who are seeking to go up 2-0 against the Jazz in the series. From there, the Thunder turned it on, starting with some hot shooting from Carmelo Anthony before Paul George took the torch through the third quarter.

Donovan is correct: While it's positive to have scored first in the series, the Thunder has to be better in Game 2.

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