Published: Mon, April 15, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Blazers' Enes Kanter feeling 'blessed' after win against Thunder

Blazers' Enes Kanter feeling 'blessed' after win against Thunder

In the pregame warm-up, which determined his status for Game 1, George - wearing black kinesiology tape on his right shoulders - was splashing 3-pointers and mid-range shots.

The win snaps a 10 game playoff losing streak for the franchise and finally gives CJ McCollum the playoff victory for Jennifer. Russell Westbrook racked up a triple-double of 24 points with 10 rebounds and 10 assists, Paul George led the team in scoring with 26 points and 10 rebounds while Steven Adams chipped in with 17 points and nine rebounds.

Damian Lillard scored 30 points and the third-seeded Blazers opened their series against the No. 6 Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday with a 104-99 victory.

This one could really go either way, so while I'm tempted to take the Thunder, I got this series going to seven games, so I'm taking the Trailblazers to secure home-court advantage with another narrow win and cover here behind another big game from Lillard. Former Thunder center Enes Kanter recorded 20 points and 18 rebounds in the game as he dominated his old teammates down low in the paint. 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 Thunder have been to the playoffs every season since moving from Seattle in 2008, but they haven't gotten past the opening round for the past two seasons.

While Westbrook was part of the Thunder's 3-point problem, missing all four of his attempts from deep, he wasn't the root of OKC's issues.


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.

Kanter, signed just before the All-Star break after he was waived by the New York Knick, has started in Nurkic's place.

Portland dominated the early going, jumping out to a 38-23 lead late in the first quarter.

What: Blazers vs. Thunder, 7:30 p.m. But they still struggled from 3-point range, making just two of 18 attempts.

There was simmering tension between the teams.

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

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