Published: Thu, April 18, 2019
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Grades: OKC Thunder get embarrassed in Game 2 against the Blazers

Grades: OKC Thunder get embarrassed in Game 2 against the Blazers

Portland lead Oklahoma City Thunder 2-0 in their first-round play-off series.

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A disagreement between Westbrook and Lillard in the second quarter Wednesday led to jostling between the two teams.

"Now we've got to go on the road and get gritty", McCollum said. It is going to be another close game and Vegas odds give the Blazers a -1.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home win.

This series turns to Oklahoma City for Game 3 on Friday, a virtual must-win for the Thunder. Obviously, we wanted to try to steal one while we can but let's just stay with it. Last year's first-round sweep at the hands of the Pelicans was, in large part, because New Orleans' backcourt was able to bottle up Lillard and knock him off his rhythm with aggressiveness and physicality.

On Tuesday, Westbrook had 14 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds but went 5-of-20 from the field and 1-of-6 from beyond the arc. Moe Harkless' first-quarter defense on Paul George did not go unnoticed.

Asked about it afterward, Westbrook said: "We'll see".


After the Thunder stole the spotlight during the NBA's regular season thanks to stellar seasons from Russell Westbrook and Paul George, Portland is getting their revenge by completely showing up Oklahoma City. Lillard answered with a long 3-pointer to keep the Blazers ahead and Al-Farouq Aminu made free throws to extend Portland's lead to 98-92. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 109 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 96.5 points on 40.2 percent shooting.

The Blazers are 19-8 ATS in their last 27 games on 1 day of rest, but just 8-24-2 ATS in their last 34 conference quarterfinal games. But he said following the game that he'd be fine for Game 3.

Rip City couple: As is always the case when OKC comes to town, there were several people sporting Sonics jerseys which you might think is a show of support for OKC, but this guy explained that it's actually a form of protest against the team's move to Oklahoma in back 2008. The Thunder will be looking to win both games at home in order for them to tie the series at two games apiece.

George's lingering sore right shoulder didn't appear to be much of a problem on Tuesday in what can be seen as a lone bright spot for the Thunder. However he was just 1 of 6 from the floor in the opening quarter. The real unsung hero of the game was Enes Kanter, who had 20 points and 18 rebounds.

George and Westbrook may have captured the spotlight during the regular season, but unless they can find their magic again, it'll be another first-round exit for the Thunder.

Thunder: Thunder coach Billy Donovan was emphatic before the game: "No injuries, no one out, no game-time decisions.".

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