The Portland Trail Blazers entered this postseason with a chip on their shoulder.
Lillard has been dialed in from the start of the series against the Thunder, in part because the Trail Blazers were embarrassed in last year's playoffs by New Orleans. You know, probably, both guys individually have worked hard. "Now we can just kind of move on from that and stay focused on this series".
Roberson has not played this season following left knee surgery past year.
The Blazers' MVP for the game was definitely center Enes Kanter who scored 20 points and grabbed 18 rebounds against his former team. Westbrook went five of 20 with 14 points, 11 assists and nine boards. "Just like playing on the playground".
George said he was encouraged that the Thunder rallied from a 19-point second-quarter deficit to trail by only one point inside the final three minutes.
Games 3 and 4 are scheduled for Friday and Sunday in Oklahoma City. However, the Blazers made a push right before the half which ended with CJ McCollum hitting a three at the buzzer to tie the game at 54.
"We knew it was going to be a fight all night long". "I think the last few seasons I've been much better defensively". It just rocked Lillard. 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.
In the regular season, the Thunder swept the four-game regular-season series, between the two team, but the games were quite close.
Steven Adams was able to corral the loose ball, getting it back to Westbrook near the three-point line with 13 seconds on the shot clock.
Of course the Blazers aren't the only ones looking to make adjustments heading in to Game 2. The Thunder as a team averaged 12.6 offensive rebounds per game for the season, good for first in the league.
At one point in the first half Kanter got knocked in the hand and X-rays at halftime revealed a contusion.
The two got into a tussle for the ball Tuesday night that caused players from both teams to step in before officials tamped down on the tension.
There was simmering tension between the teams. This time Dame kept his head and no foul was called.
Westbrook's layup got the Thunder within 64-60, but he collected his fourth foul late in the third and went to the bench.
The Thunder's only lead was in the opening quarter.
Known as a pesky defender, he's been tireless in his pursuit of Durant during the first-round series between the Clippers and Warriors.
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