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The NBA playoffs are in full swing and there can be a lot to unpack in a series of intense games to help give you the three things you need to know from the last 24 hours in the NBA. [19659002] 1) Donovan Mitchell, Utah bounces back from Game 3 melting to beat Rockets, expanding the series. There is a "what about" factor to Utah's victory on Monday night that may be difficult for Jazz fans to ignore: What if the Utah Jazz had won Game 3 on Saturday when James Harden had a hard night shooter? What if Donovan Mitchell hadn't melted late in that game? Jazz fans should not fall for that temptation and instead should enjoy what was a brilliant Game 4 win at home. The kind of game a team of real pride plays, what kind of game they played with desperation needed in the after-season. A game where the jazz was the aggressors of the opening tip and a game where Mitchell made 1 9 of his 31 in the fourth to kick a 107-91 victory. [embedded content] Mitchell had some help when he wasn't red hot. Jae Crowder finished with 23 points and had 14 of them in the first quarter, while Ricky Rubio scored 18 points and 11 assisted. The two served as secondary playmakers Utah often need (but don't get consistent) to balance what Mitchell can do. Jazzen defended himself better too. Sure, James Harden had 30 points in 19 shots and…

The NBA playoffs are in full swing and there can be a lot to unpack in a series of intense games to help give you the three things you need to know from the last 24 hours in the NBA. [19659002] 1) Donovan Mitchell, Utah bounces back from Game 3 melting to beat Rockets, expanding the series. There is a “what about” factor to Utah’s victory on Monday night that may be difficult for Jazz fans to ignore: What if the Utah Jazz had won Game 3 on Saturday when James Harden had a hard night shooter? What if Donovan Mitchell hadn’t melted late in that game?

Jazz fans should not fall for that temptation and instead should enjoy what was a brilliant Game 4 win at home. The kind of game a team of real pride plays, what kind of game they played with desperation needed in the after-season. A game where the jazz was the aggressors of the opening tip and a game where Mitchell made 1

9 of his 31 in the fourth to kick a 107-91 victory.

Mitchell had some help when he wasn’t red hot. Jae Crowder finished with 23 points and had 14 of them in the first quarter, while Ricky Rubio scored 18 points and 11 assisted. The two served as secondary playmakers Utah often need (but don’t get consistent) to balance what Mitchell can do.

Jazzen defended himself better too. Sure, James Harden had 30 points in 19 shots and got his. Chris Paul had 23 points and also played well. But all the other Rockets were combined to shoot 29.3 percent at night, when Mitchell went out in the fourth quarter, the rockets were 0 -13 on three.

Houston was motivated to win the victory, they could have packed some extra rest in the schedule while Golden State continues to play. The jazz was more motivated, more desperate, and it will be a game 5. The jazz will not win this series and they can break it all down when it is over, but at the moment they played with pride and because of it comes to play another day.

2) Milwaukee sweeps Detroit out of the playoffs, now comes a real test for Bucks. Last time Milwaukee Bucks won a playoff series, “All For You” by Janet Jackson was on everyone’s radio and we were going to the theater to see “Bridget Jones Diary” and “Driven” (and regret it). [19659003] It was 2001, but Bucks swept into the second round on Monday night behind 41 points from Giannis Antetokounmpo and beat the pistons 127-104.

Detroit played hard and was frustrated with points, but this series wasn’t about officially. One team was better than the other. Blake Griffin did what he could and played through a leg injury that should have lined him – and Pistons fans recognized it and the season he had with standing ovation.

Bucks continues to face Boston Celtics in the next round (dates and times have not yet been announced for the series, but a smart bet would be up next weekend). This will be a challenging match for Milwaukee – if Al Horford is playing well, hitting horses and stretching the floor, it will start dragging Brook Lopez out of color and challenging Bucks defense system. Kyrie Irving will be difficult for Eric Bledsoe to contain, but Antetokounmpo and companies will be a challenge for Celtics. These teams played seven games in the playoff one year ago (Boston winning), both teams are better this time, and both have a lot to prove. Things will be very interesting in the East.

3) Igor Kokoskov, the only stable in Phoenix, is the sun’s instability. The Phoenix Suns will hire a new coach in the next few weeks, and the one who comes there will enter the swing door – the next coach will be Sun’s seventh in the last eight years.

Suns fired coach Igor Kokoskov on Monday night after a season. A season where the first time head coach was given a young roster who lacked a squad or solid veteran leader. The raster was doomed to fail, and it is no surprise that they started 4-18. But the suns are improving. Kelly Oubre Jr. set to roster, Devin Booker improved, Deandre Ayton grew, and the team showed improvement and played well for stretches near the end of the season. It was something to build on.

Or not.

The Suns reportedly want to go hard on Sixers assistant coach Monty Williams for their main job. Williams will receive a second interview with the Lakers next week, so the suns play. Remember that Sun’s recently hired Jeff Bower as his senior vice president for basketball operations, and if you didn’t know Bower, Monty Williams gave his first head coaching job (hire him to coach the Hornets back when Bower was GM there). We’ll see if it’s about the suns to the front of the line.

However, this celebration only continues the pattern of instability and a lack of top view for the suns, starting with the loving owner Robert Sarver. Williams, or any coach with good alternatives, may want to think twice about entering the rotating coaching door in Phoenix.

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