OKC Thunder at Utah Jazz: Game 3 preview

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - APRIL 18: Carmelo Anthony
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - APRIL 18: Carmelo Anthony /
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The OKC Thunder are tasked with bouncing back on the road as the series moves to Salt Lake City for game three.

In game two, we witnessed a different OKC Thunder team than the one we saw in the series opener. What worked in the first game was an aggressive Paul George (“Playoff P” if you will), a balanced attack by the starters, and a shot-making Alex Abrines.

The second game was an unfortunate glimpse into what plagued Oklahoma City all season — inconsistency. It is clearly a lot to ask for, but the OKC Thunder must stay on track as far as ball movement, energy, and adaptability.

I say adaptability because their shots failed them in the fourth quarter last game. Instead of adjusting by attacking the hoop, they kept shooting – and missing. More on the keys to the game in a minute.

The Utah Jazz built some momentum with the win and now get to carry that momentum home to Utah. The OKC Thunder did not play well, but kept it close in the last game. If the team can just put a few things together, a road win or two does not seem like too much too ask for.

Now, the keys to victory.