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Oklahoma City Thunder

Round 1, Game 2 Preview | Portland Trail Blazers

Zachary Low

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Tip-Off: 9:30 PM CT

Location: Moda Center (Portland, Oregon)

Television: TNT and Fox Sports Oklahoma

Radio: WWLS 98.1FM OKC The Sports Animal

Twitter: Follow @TheThunderGuys for live-tweets during the game

Game 1 did not go quite as planned for the Oklahoma City Thunder, and after making history—in a bad way—by shooting an abysmal 5-33 (15.2%) from three, they hope to get back on track with a win over the Portland Trail Blazers tonight in Game 2.

Tonight, the Thunder needs to make just a few minor adjustments, and they will be in a good place to pick up the win. OKC managed to find all the open shots they wanted in Game 1, but they simply were not falling. If they continue to find those open looks tonight, they will undoubtedly start going in at some point.

The key matchup to watch tonight will be Steven Adams versus Enes Kanter. Kanter had the bigger game on Sunday in Game 1, but most of his success came while Adams was rotated onto another man, so the Thunder needs to focus on keeping Kanter away from the offensive boards, and Adams needs to continue to pound the ball in down low and take advantage of his mismatch against his former Stache Bro.

Projected Starters

Thunder

  • PG: Russell Westbrook
  • SG: Terrance Ferguson
  • SF: Paul George
  • PF: Jerami Grant
  • C: Steven Adams

Trail Blazers

  • PGDamian Lillard
  • SG: CJ McCollum
  • SF: Maurice Harkless
  • PF: Al-Farouq Aminu
  • C: Enes Kanter

Injuries

Thunder

  • Hamidou Diallo (right elbow soreness) is OUT.
  • Andre Roberson (left patellar tendon) is OUT.

Trail Blazers

  • Jusuf Nurkic (fractured left leg) is OUT.

Head-to-Head

  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 22-22 (13-9 at home, 9-13 on the road) against the Trail Blazers in the regular season and 0-1 (0-0 at home, 0-1 on the road) in the playoffs.
  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder has won the season series against the Trail Blazers 4 times, lost it 5 times, and tied twice.
  • The Thunder swept the Blazers 4-0 this season (2-0 at home, 2-0 on the road).
  • After losing 9 straight to the Blazers at the Moda Center, the Thunder has won the last 2 matchups in Portland.

Game Notes

  • The Thunder and the Blazers have both seen first-round exits the last two years of playoffs.
  • Oklahoma City was 22-19 on the road this season while Portland was 32-9 at home.
  • Oklahoma City went 28-24 against the Western Conference this season while Portland went 29-23.
  • The Thunder went 29-21 after 1 day of rest this season while the Blazers went 37-17 after 1 day of rest.
  • Oklahoma City Thunder Official Game Notes
  • Portland Trail Blazers Official Game Notes

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