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

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

Paul George is listed as day-to-day and is not certain he will be able to play in Game 1 on Sunday in Portland as he continues to deal with nagging shoulder soreness. The Thunder have now also lost 10 straight road post-season games.

Speaking to reporters after the game, Kanter recalled his stint with the New York Knicks and his lack of playing time.

"We know how it feels to win again", Lillard said.

"Four days ago I couldn't even lift my shoulder", George said according to Erik Horne of the Oklahoman. Portland went on to lead the opening quarter by as many as 17 points, paced by Lillard with 12 points. The six-time All-Star shot 43.8 percent from from the floor, 38.6 percent from the 3-point line and 83.9 percent from the charity stripe.

More to the point the former OKC big man outduelled his close friend, former team-mate and fellow 'Stache brother Adams to claim first blood in what should be an intriguing back and forth between the two in this series.

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I am sure he wants to prove a point and prove point for us as well. "It's not that long ago and we're one goal better off". Similarly United's chance of winning the Champions League this season has reduced to around 1%.

There was simmering tension between the teams. McCollum, but was frustrated by the whistle in the first half, so much that he was assessed a technical foul after picking up his third foul in the second quarter. Ferguson earned his third foul and headed to the bench. The Blazers went into the fourth quarter with a 76-69 lead.

Trail Blazers: Blazers coach Terry Stotts concluded his pregame talk with the media by saying. It didn't hurt the Thunder's defense, but Ferguson provides a length at 6-foot-7 that Schroder can't provide at 6-0, and he made 1-of-2 from 3 to Schroder's 0-of-7.

Detroit played without forward Blake Griffin, who has missed five of the last eight games with a sore knee. The Blazers haven't made it out of the first round for the past two seasons.

On Sunday however Portland's three-year wait for a postseason win came to an end, as Damian Lillard inspired a battling victory over the sixth-seeded Thunder. "Obviously, his rebounding and scoring".

The Oklahoma City Thunder look to level the series against the Portland Trailblazers at the Moda Center in Game 2 on Tuesday.

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