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Grades: OKC Thunder get embarrassed in Game 2 against the Blazers

Grades: OKC Thunder get embarrassed in Game 2 against the Blazers

"I love it, that's what I live for", said McCollum, who missed 10 games late in the regular season because of a knee injury. Because the way I played was unacceptable. "I think the last few seasons I've been much better defensively".

"We've been sharp and a lot of things have come for us in a positive way because of that".

After an exciting Game 1, how will Game 2 between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Oklahoma City Thunder play out tonight at 10:30PM ET? Paul George added 26 points and 10 rebounds.

It was Westbrook, though, who didn't do the complementing this time around. "And then when they make their runs, and when they get back in the game, (you) just weather those storms". So to me, that separates them when they've been so close every year to get over the hump, that they can get to the Western Conference Finals and they're a clear and present agent for the Warriors because the Warriors have had trouble with those two guards even in that set. Dame scored, what, six points in the last 35 seconds of the third quarter. Westbrook called timeout, there was some contact and Westbrook fell back. On Tuesday, he discussed at length his growth as a defender in the National Basketball Association, his improvement in reading an offense and reacting to a play call.

"They're both pit bulls", McCollum said.

Trail Blazers: Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who just signed a contract extension that makes him the highest paid player in the National Football League, was among the fans at the Moda Center, as was Gonzaga coach Mark Few.

Adams has the opportunity to dominate the backboard and get some good looks from the low post.

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Damian Lillard is not getting carried away despite the Trail Blazers taking a 2-0 series lead over the Thunder.

But Lillard has shown over the past two games that doesn't matter. "I'm happy about it but I really don't care". Moe Harkless' first-quarter defense on Paul George did not go unnoticed.

Lillard and the Blazers spoke all season how they wanted to atone for what happened in the 2018 postseason.

After dropping a disappointing game on Sunday in Game 1, the OKC Thunder needed Game 2 to feel good about themselves in this series.

It's a bit of standard fare for Westbrook to sit at the podium and take responsibility or make a proclamation after a disappointing playoff performance.

At one point in the first half Kanter got knocked in the hand and X-rays at halftime revealed a contusion. If Kanter can adequately replace Jusuf Nurkic for a second straight game, the Thunder will likely return to Oklahoma City in 0-2 series hole.

George missed the Thunder' regular-season finale Wednesday at Milwaukee because of the nagging injury, which also kept him out of games on February 28, March 2 and March 3. We're making the right plays, putting the ball where it needs to go based off how they're defending us.