4. Paul George (6-foot-9, 220 lbs.) vs. Joe Ingles (6-foot-8, 225 lbs.)
We had the pleasure of meeting Playoff P when he dropped 36 points in Game 1. He’s been the best player for OKC this series in terms of scoring, defense, and alliteration but without much help from Playoff Russ or Playoff Melo, there may only be one more game before we’ve seen the last of him until the fall, when he comes back as Preseason P in a jersey that is TBD.
Outside of Utah and NBA League Pass, most of the world probably hadn’t been introduced to Joe Ingles until this series. He’s stepped into the spotlight and gone off for 21 and 20 points as the Jazz have cruised to double-digit wins in the last two games.
So far, Paul George… I mean Playoff P… and Joe Ingles are locked up at one technical foul a piece. George picked up a tech for shoving Ingles early in Game 4. Ingles evened things when he also drew a tech for taunting then bumping George and Raymond Felton after he draining a 3 with seconds left in the first half.
Ingles, like every other Aussie, is probably a little bit crazy, probably surfs, probably has plenty of experience handling rattle snakes and other vermin in the Outback, and will probably continue going at Paul George the way he did in Game 4.
Playoff P won’t be backing down either so this is going to be one of the better match-ups to watch in Game 5, both in terms of basketball and extracurricular activity.