Thunder journal: OKC gets steady Westbrook in Game 1 loss


"It was actually one of the things we need to do a better job of going into the second game". According to Royce Young, George said he couldn't lift his shoulder as of a few days ago. Tomorrow I'll get shots up, get back in tune.

It was a lackluster performance from the Thunder, who had a horrific shooting night as a team, hitting just 5-of-33 three-point attempts (15.2 percent). "We'll try to get the same looks that we got (Sunday)". Center Steven Adams was also completely outplayed in the paint by former teammate Enes Kanter.

Kanter, who came to the Knicks in 2017 from Oklahoma City in the Carmelo Anthony trade, averaged 14 points and 10.8 rebounds in 115 games over two seasons. Leave it to the Knicks to underutilize a talented player that is capable of thriving in the right situation.

Kanter was brought aboard by Portland as insurance for the final stretch of the season, meant to back up starter Jusuf Nurkic.

Kanter added, "A couple of days ago, I looked up in the mirror and I said 'Man, I am blessed to just be here with an wonderful organization and awesome teammates.' They trust in me. A couple of days ago, I looked in the mirror and said, 'Man, I'm blessed to be here with an incredible organization and fantastic teammates that trust in me.' It definitely feels wonderful, and it's definitely a blessing".

However, the team probably approached this 2019 NBA Playoffs series with the Portland Trail Blazers with a bit of confidence.

"He had a huge presence and played a big part in us winning this game". It was a standout performance when most expected him to wilt under the pressure of going head-to-head with Westbrook.

Enes Kanter added 20 points and a career playoff-high 18 rebounds for the Blazers, who were making their sixth straight postseason appearance.

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.

Of course, what happens during the regular season doesn't always carry over into the postseason and that was the case in Game 1 of this series. They are surprisingly a top-15 team in scoring defense.