O'Neale totaled 17 points (6-10 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 404 FT), three rebounds, one assist and one steal in 37 minutes during Tuesday's 112-102 loss to Houston.
O'Neale played a team-high 37 minutes, putting up 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting. He has been a nice surprise for the Jazz, especially over the back end of the season with a number of injuries to key players. He possesses a pleasant all-around game and based on his form, should be able to secure himself an important role on the roster, even with all the players finding full health.
O'Neale finished with 17 points (7-10 FG, 3-5 3Pt), five rebounds and one assist across 29 minutes during Utah's 113-92 loss to the Rockets in Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinal-round playoff series.
O'Neale was the surprise scoring leader on the night for the Jazz in the lopsided loss. Both his shot attempts and scoring total were playoff highs, and the rookie's five rebounds represented his second-highest tally in that category over nine postseason contests. O'Neale is likely to continue working with the first unit as long as Ricky Rubio (hamstring) remains sidelined, an absence that could potentially extend into Sunday's critical Game 4.
O'Neale registered four points (2-5 FG, 0-2 3Pt), four assists, three rebounds and four steals across 29 minutes during Utah's 110-96 loss to the Rockets in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal-round series.
O'Neale got first crack at the starting point guard role in the absence of Ricky Rubio (hamstring) and turned in a modest line overall. The Baylor product logged a postseason-high amount of minutes and remained active on the defensive end in particular, but he played a minimal role on the other end of the floor. Given his underwhelming contributions on the scoreboard and the Jazz's need for scoring in Rubio's absence, it remains to be seen if O'Neale will maintain his first-unit spot heading into Wednesday's Game 2.
O'Neale is drawing the start for Sunday's Game 1 against the Rockets, Andy Larsen of KSL.com reports.
With Ricky Rubio (hamstring) out of the picture for likely multiple games, coach Quin Snyder is opting to slide Donovan Mitchell down to the point guard spot. In the opening that was created, he'll slot in O'Neale, who was already seeing significant run. Through the first round against the Thunder, he averaged 4.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 18.0 minutes while notably shooting 38.5 percent from beyond the arc. He should see a bigger role Sunday, however. In the six regular-season contests that O'Neale saw at least 30 minutes, he averaged 11.7 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.7 steals -- enough to warrant deploying him in DFS.
O'Neale accounted for 10 points (3-5 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), nine rebounds and one block across 20 minutes during the Jazz's 113-96 win over the Thunder in Game 4 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.
The rookie posted his best scoring and rebounding totals of the series while equaling his highest amount of minutes. O'Neale came on in the latter half of the regular season as a solid second-unit contributor, and although his production in the series had been modest prior to Monday, he's notably upped his scoring total in each game against the Thunder.
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