Oklahoma City Thunder | Game #32 Preview: Portland Trail Blazers

After a poor shooting performance to start the game, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander turned things around on Monday night against the Portland Trail Blazers as he finished with 35 points, including the game-winning buzzer-beater to seal a 123-121 victory.

The two teams meet again in OKC Wednesday night, and I would expect another exciting back-and-forth matchup, especially if Josh Giddey (non-Covid illness) and Darius Bazley (non-Covid illness) are back for the Thunder and Jusuf Nurkic (right calf soreness) is back for the Blazers.

Game Details

Tip-Off: 7 PM CT

Location: Paycom Center (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)

Television: Bally Sports Oklahoma

Radio: WWLS 98.1FM OKC The Sports Animal

Twitter: Follow @ZacharyLowNBA for live tweets and discussion during the game

Game NotesOklahoma City Thunder Official Game NotesPortland Trail Blazers Official Game Notes

Projected Starters


  • PG: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
  • SG: Josh Giddey
  • SF: Luguentz Dort
  • PF: Jalen Williams
  • C: Darius Bazley


  • PG: Damian Lillard
  • SG: Anfernee Simons
  • SF: Josh Hart
  • PF: Jerami Grant
  • C: Jusuf Nurkic

Injury Report


  • Darius Bazley is QUESTIONABLE (non-Covid illness).
  • Ousmane Dieng is OUT (non-displaced fractured right wrist).
  • Josh Giddey is QUESTIONABLE (non-Covid illness).
  • Chet Holmgren is OUT (right foot surgery).
  • Tre Mann is OUT (G League — on assignment).
  • Jeremiah Robinson-Earl is OUT (sprained right ankle).
  • Jaylin Williams is OUT (G League — on assignment).


  • Drew Eubanks is PROBABLE (right hip contusion).
  • Jerami Grant is PROBABLE (back spasms).
  • Josh Hart is PROBABLE (sprained left ankle).
  • Damian Lillard is PROBABLE (sprained left wrist).
  • Nassir Little is OUT (fractured right femoral head impaction).
  • Jusuf Nurkic is QUESTIONABLE (right calf soreness).
  • Gary Payton II is OUT (return to competition conditioning).


  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 30-26 (17-11 at home, 13-15 on the road) against the Trail Blazers in the regular season and 1-4 (1-1 at home, 0-3 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 6 times, and tied 3 times.
  • The Thunder went 4-0 (2-0 at home, 2-0 on the road) against the Blazers last season.
  • The Thunder is 1-0 (1-0 at home, 0-0 on the road) against the Blazers so far this season.

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