NBA PLAYOFFS, FIRST ROUND, GAME 3
Portland Trail Blazers at Oklahoma City Thunder
Location: At Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Time: Friday, 6:30 p.m. PT
TV: ESPN, NBC Sports Northwest
Radio: Rip City Radio 620 AM, ESPN Radio
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Odds: Thunder favored by 7.5 points, over/under set at 222
All times Pacific
Portland leads series 2-0
Game 1 (at POR): Blazers 104, Thunder 99 (box score)
Game 2 (at POR): Blazers 114, Thunder 94 (box score)
Game 3 (at OKC): Today, 6:30 p.m., ESPN, NBC Sports Northwest
Game 4 (at OKC): Sunday, 6:30 p.m., TNT, NBC Sports Northwest
x-Game 5 (at POR): Tuesday, time and TV TBD
x-Game 6 (at OKC): Thursday, time and TV TBD
x-Game 7 (at POR): Saturday, April 27, time and TV TBD
About the Thunder
Oklahoma City struggled to hit shots in the first two games in Portland. The Thunder are shooting 40.2% from the field (12th out of 16 playoff teams) and 16.4% from the 3-point line (16th out of 16 playoff teams). ... The Thunder averaged 16.0 turnovers in the first two games of the series, which ranks 13th among the 16th playoff teams. ... Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook, who averaged 29.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 8.8 assists and shot 43.2% from the field and 35.0% from the 3-point line in four regular-season games against the Blazers, is averaging 19.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, 10.5 assists and shooting 35.1% from the field and 10.0% from the 3-point line in the first two games of the series. ... The Thunder are getting good production from their two centers. Steven Adams is averaging 16.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and shooting 68.2% from the field in 33.3 minutes per game, and backup Nerlens Noel is averaging 8.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and shooting 72.7% from the field in 13.5 minutes per game.
About the Trail Blazers
The Trail Blazers have gone up 2-0 in a playoff series 14 times in its franchise history. Portland has won all 14 of those series. ... The Trail Blazers shot the ball well from the 3-point line in the first two games of the series, making 42.1% of their attempts (24 of 57), which ranks second among the 16 NBA playoff teams. ... Portland point guard Damian Lillard is averaging 29.5 points, 5.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds in the first two games of the series, while shooting 45.2% from the field and 47.4% from the 3-point line. ... Blazers shooting guard CJ McCollum is averaging 28.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in the first two games, and shooting 45.7% from the field and 42.9% from the 3-point line. ... Portland's 20-point win in Game 2 against the Thunder was the Blazers' largest margin of victory in a playoff game since May 2, 2003, when they beat the Mavericks 125-103.
Thunder: OUT: Andre Roberson (left patellar tendon), Hamidou Diallo (right elbow soreness)
Blazers: OUT: Jusuf Nurkic (left leg)
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