Thunder and Blazers Deal With Health Issues as Series Begins

Thunder and Blazers Deal With Health Issues as Series Begins

Trail Blazers: Blazers coach Terry Stotts concluded his pregame talk with the media by saying. Portland might have a small-market franchise, but that fan base's love for their team packs a mighty punch.

The Trail Blazers and Thunder play Game 2 on Tuesday night. Desperation quickly set in as shots failed to fall and turnovers kept piling up.

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) looks for a call from an official in the third quarter of game one of the first round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs against the Detroit Pistons at Fiserv Forum. If the same George that showed up on Sunday shows up throughout the series, the Thunder will see an early exit this year.

"We've gone two playoffs without winning a game so obviously it's a good feeling to get back on the winning side, but it's only one game".

"With me, it's just rhythm".

"Four days ago I couldn't even lift my shoulder", George said according to Erik Horne of the Oklahoman. "Now we make adjustments, come back, play harder next game and try to take it". And while the Rockets' roster has been largely revamped excluding their core, Utah returns with essentially the same rotation that authored one of the bigger surprises last season. The Thunder abandoned their interior advantage for a barrage of three-point bricks - they finished just 5 of 33 from long-range - and Adams was neutralized.

George, who has been battling a shoulder injury for much of the latter portion of the season, had 26 points and 10 rebounds, but needed 24 shots to get there, making eight of those attempts.

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In just his ninth start with the Blazers, Kanter became just the third player in team history with at least 20 points and 18 rebounds in playoff game.

Thing started shaky for the man filling in for injured center Jusuf Nurkic.

After helping the Portland Trail Blazers exorcise their playoff demons, Enes Kanter strolled toward the Moda Center home locker room when a familiar face stopped him before he reached the double doors.

It truly has been a significant role reversal from his time with the Knicks. "The situation and all the drama, it was so frustrating because all I wanted to do was go out there and just win". It definitely feels awesome. It was a standout performance when most expected him to wilt under the pressure of going head-to-head with Westbrook.

As for her, this type of rapid response had had fans of different National Basketball Association teams asking her to speak some sense into their own players and ball clubs, given the quick impact of her words after McCollum delivered a 24-point performance to lift the third-seeded Blazers over the Thunder.

Head to head, the over is 4-0 in the last four meetings and the Thunder are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings. "They won the first game", Westbrook said. They are surprisingly a top-15 team in scoring defense. The Trail Blazers will continue to counter with a strong defensive effort as well. I'll stay with the under for this game.