2016-2017 NBA regular season: playoff’s round Utah Jazz vs Oklahoma City Thunder (games-playoffs) March 11, 2017 at ABC NBATV channel online @NBA 12:00 PM PT(Saturday)full replay (Chesapeake Energy Arena), result and recap the full game will be available.
Thunder can count on Roberson’s defense against Jazz
Defense has been the main buzzword for the Oklahoma City Thunder throughout the season. Whenever the team has gone through losing streaks or had a bad loss, coach Billy Donovan and the players revert back to the term to explain what needs to get better.
However, one player for the Thunder has escaped most defensive criticism. Guard Andre Roberson has been consistently up to the challenge when it comes to making opposing players work for every point they get.
More often than not, it is Robertson who gets assigned the team’s best perimeter player, whether it’s Carmelo Anthony, CJ McCullum or Kawhi Leonard.
While Roberson didn’t shut down those players, he did make their nights increasingly tougher. Roberson’s teammates have not lost track of how vital that has been to Oklahoma City’s success.
“Dre does that every single night,” Russell Westbrook said of Roberson. “Like I’ve been saying all season long. Obviously, when we lose some game, it gets lost in the sauce. But he defends at a high level every single night, regardless of the team’s best players, and does a good job.”