The Jazz saw the bonkers Celtics-Suns finish, and decided to raise them a crazy finish of their own.
First, Jazz center Rudy Gobert was the hero of the fourth, when he put up a bucket to tie the game 97-97 with 3.7 seconds remaining.
Williams has established himself as closer to the tier of players above him moreso than the tier below him. Since moving into the starting lineup on Jan. 7, Williams has averaged 13.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in right around 30 minutes per game, as well as displayed better court sense.
The skills here still revolve around his 7-foot-4 wingspan and impressive leaping ability, but there’s more than meets the eye due to his ability to hit shots from the midrange and pass. Williams is this year’s surprising one-and-done candidate, and with his team’s season over, it will be interesting to see if he focuses his mind on the draft.
One of the problems the Thunder have had this season is they didn’t have the luxury of constructing a team specifically around Westbrook. Their biggest move in the offseason — trading Serge Ibaka to the Magic for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis — came before Kevin Durant decided to join the Warriors. As a result, they’ve had to make a team built around Durant and Westbrook work for just Westbrook.
The Thunder’s role players are much better than they’re made out to be, but it’s still not an ideal situation for Westbrook. As someone who is at his best when he’s able to break teams down by getting to the basket, the Thunder ranking 24th in 3-pointers made per game and 28th in 3-point percentage isn’t exactly a great combination.