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Thunder and Blazers Deal With Health Issues as Series Begins

Thunder and Blazers Deal With Health Issues as Series Begins

Paul George's injury status is day-to-day due to right shoulder soreness, Thunder coach Billy Donovan said after practice Friday.

Here's a look a look at the major takeaways for the Thunder from Game 1.

The worst shooting performance by the Oklahoma City Thunder came perhaps at the wrong time of the season with the team opening up the NBA Playoffs on Sunday.

"I thought we did a good job", Westbrook said of sticking with the game plan on offense.

It was the first postseason meeting between the teams since the Thunder moved from Seattle to Oklahoma City.

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. After all, they match up well again them, as evidenced by the fact that they beat them in each of the four regular season meetings. The Trailblazers will be delighted with how they've started the series especially after getting swept by the Thunder in the regular season.

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George also was sidelined on February 28, March 2 and March 3 with soreness in the right shoulder. For the game, he made four of 15 3-point attempts.

OKC scored six straight points, the last two on a left-handed layup by Westbrook to cut it to 91-87 with 3:51 left.

The Blazers' hopes for postseason success were dealt a blow last month when center Jusuf Nurkic was lost for the season with a broken left leg. Nurkic was averaging 15.6 points and 10.4 rebounds when he sustained the gruesome injury during a game against the Brooklyn Nets. But Kanter, signed just before the All-Star break after being waived by the New York Knick, has proven ad admirable fill-in.

Lillard went nine-of-21 from the field on his way to 30 points in 38 minutes, adding four rebounds, four assists and three steals. The Thunder did not make any of their six 3-point attempts, while Portland was 7 of 10.

There was simmering tension between the teams. The Blazers led 39-25 after the first quarter and were able to close out the rest of the game in entertaining fashion.

Game 2 is back at the Moda Centre on Wednesday (NZT).


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