Crucial games coming for Timberwolves, Jazz

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Utah is taking a 2-1 lead into their Western Conference first-round series against Oklahoma City on Monday night, and Rudy Gobert is probably as responsible for the Jazz being in that position than anyone.

"Try to stay engaged into the game", Anthony said. Socially awkward, at best.

"I think that's what makes me weird is that I am normal".

BC-BKN-Thunder-Jazz, 1st Ld-Writethru, 476Mitchell scores 33, Jazz rout Thunder 113-96AP Photo UTRB112, UTRB109, OTKRB107, UTRB108Eds: Updated with quotes from each coach. Utah went up 87-68 when Mitchell drained a jumper and then fed Ingles for a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession.

Mitchell shot 13-for-28 from the field, including a 3-for-8 stint from three-point range.

Both teams talked beforehand about the game getting more physical, which it did from the start with more than the usual pushing and shoving going on. But still, he has every bit the upside of a Westbrook or even a Chris Paul and a much-reduced price, so he's definitely worth riding at least for one more game. "We're not backing down, but at the same time, we have to be ready for a fight and respond". Jae Crowder was ejected after a technical foul with 5:30 remaining in the fourth quarter.

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KEEP AN EYE ON: Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook from deep.

With all that was on the line Saturday night, it wasn't too surprising that the Monday's Game 4 would get a little chippy. But the way the Jazz have outclassed the Thunder in the past two games sure makes it feel like it should.

There's two Game 4s on the schedule today, with Houston at Minnesota leading off before the Oklahoma City-Utah game. Royce O' Neale finished with a career playoff-high nine rebounds.

Rubio has been having an absolutely sensational series against the Thunder. In the end, Rubio shot just 4 of 12 from the field, but he finished with two fewer assists (eight) than the Thunder tallied as a team.

"It's not about me and him", Westbrook said, after scoring 23 points and pulling down 14 rebounds. Mitchell is the first rookie to have a 30-point playoff game since Brandon Jennings did it in 2010. "Definitely an honor. No doubt about that, but we have one more game, so I'm focused on that".

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