Jazz’s rout of Thunder proves chippy to bitter end

With the Oklahoma City Thunder in full desperation mode, the first six minutes of Game 4 were downright heated, and even in an eventual blowout, it didn’t slow down much from there.

The Utah Jazz handled business 113-96 to take a 3-1 series lead behind 33 points from Donovan Mitchell, but there was plenty of extracurricular activity as a total of seven technical fouls were called, and one almost inevitable ejection. The tone was set on Saturday after Game 3 when Russell Westbrook guaranteed he was going to shut down Ricky Rubio.

Both teams strained to make sure not to say anything notable about the physicality, doing their best to avoid any bulletin-board material heading into Game 5.

“His bend, the way he wastes no movement coming off the ball,” Chubb said, “that’s something I tried to implement this past year and I feel like I did, and I’m ready to keep learning from him.”

“This is the perfect situation for him,” said Brandon Chubb, Bradley’s brother, who is a Detroit Lions linebacker. “… Doing the things they do with Von, he can fit into that. And he gets to work with Von.”

“A question such as that is completely inappropriate and wholly contrary to league workplace policies,” the statement said.

“The NFL and its clubs are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees in a manner that is consistent with our commitment to diversity and inclusion, state and federal laws and the CBA. We are looking into the matter.

“The league annually reminds clubs of these workplace policies that prohibit personnel from seeking information concerning a player’s sexual orientation.”

The attorney helping Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson navigate the NCAA waiver process following his transfer says the governing body isn’t dragging its feet and is asking the right questions.

“The fact that [Ole Miss] took the low road was no surprise to me,” Mars said Monday night. “But having read what their lawyers said in their response, I was surprised that Ole Miss would risk losing what little credibility it has left with the NCAA just to object to Shea playing for Michigan this fall.”sl_cardinals_005