Westbrook Vows to Shut Down Rubio in Game 4

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Ricky Rubio became the first Jazz player to record a playoff triple-double since John Stockton in 2001, but Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook wasn't all that impressed. Rubio called it "an honor" to have his name next to the Jazz legend. "I have huge respect for him and playing here was great because I know how big of a point guard he was for this franchise". "Too comfortable. But I'm gonna shut that s*** off next game though". Before this season, the 27-year-old Rubio had never experienced a playoff game. Both teams are taking a click over 30 3-point attempts per game, but OKC have connected on a huge 42.4 percent of these, over six percent more than Utah's 36.3% connection rate. "We haven't had two games this year where we've had to battle foul trouble with him like we've had to in Games 2 and 3". "It's been something I've been working on". I felt good about it, but it wasn't going in. "We've got other guys to step up and Ricky's great at moving the ball and he's going to find the open man so we're not really anxious about that we're just going to play together and next man up and Ricky's going to keep playing well". Carlos Boozer had the last triple-double for the Jazz in 2008, but it came in the regular season.

Asked if Rubio knew he was an assist short of the mark at the time, teammate Joe Ingles injected, "Hell yeah he did". He scored 14 points on 5-of-17 shooting and turned the ball over eight times in 37 minutes, which helped result in a team-worst minus-25 plus-minus. Pair that with strong assists numbers by the Jazz in the first half (13), and Ricky Rubio scoring 14 of Utah's next 15 points, and the Jazz would enter the break with a five-point lead despite shooting 29.4 percent from deep at half. "I condone it", Anthony said of Westbrook's comments. "I've got to stay in attack mode and read my first option and go with that".

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"A lot of s-- going on with my body", Westbrook said, "but that's everybody right now".

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