Utah Jazz’s Georges Niang (31) guards Oklahoma City Thunder’s Chris Paul (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool) | AP

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — The Utah Jazz were served up a reality check by the Oklahoma City Thunder at The Arena in ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex on Saturday, and the chef who cooked up the dish was Chris Paul.

Paul, ever the Jazz villain, has a decent chance of turning out a solid performance even if the Jazz are on their A-game. Unfortunately for Utah head coach Quin Snyder, whatever game plan he gave to his team for Saturday’s contest, the players must have thrown out as they ran through the tunnel toward the court.

“He makes it hard enough on you anyway,” Snyder said of Paul. “Our ability to execute on both ends of the floor, if you don’t do that against him, he’s able to find the weaknesses in your defense and exploit them. …He’s a great player and a great leader.”

The trouble in the bubble didn’t stop for the Jazz at Paul, who paced the Thunder with 27 points in the …read more

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