NBA PLAYOFFS, FIRST ROUND, GAME 1
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
Location: At Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
Time: Sunday, 12:30 p.m. PT
Radio: Rip City Radio 620 AM, ESPN Radio
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About the Thunder
Oklahoma City swept the regular-season series against the Blazers, 4-0, with an average margin of victory of seven points. ... Thunder forward Paul George averaged 38.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.8 steals against the Blazers this season, shooting 45% from the field and 46% from the 3-point line. ... Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook averaged 29.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 8.8 assists against the Blazers this season, and shot 43% from the field and 35% from the 3-point line. ... Oklahoma City went 12-13 after the All-Star break. During that 25-game stretch, the Thunder ranked 23rd in offense (108.4 points per 100 possessions), 11th in defense (109.1 points per 100), and 16th in net rating (-0.6 points per 100 possessions). ... The Thunder were 22-19 on the road, tied for the fourth-best road record in the NBA. Only the Raptors, Bucks and Warriors were better on the road.
About the Trail Blazers
Portland was swept 4-0 by the Thunder during the regular season, but the Blazers swept Oklahoma City 4-0 the season before, with an average margin of victory of 6.5 points. ... Blazers guard Damian Lillard averaged 34.8 points per game against the Thunder this season, his highest scoring average against any team. He also averaged 7.8 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game, while shooting 46% from the field and 25% from the 3-point line. ... Portland guard CJ McCollum struggled against the Thunder this season, averaging 19.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game, but shooting 35% from the field and 36% from the 3-point line. ... Portland went 19-6 after the All-Star break. During that 25-game stretch, the Blazers were No. 1 in offense (116.5 points per 100 possessions), No. 12 in defense (109.8 points per 100), and No. 4 in net rating (+6.7 points per 100). ... The Blazers were 32-9 at home, tied for the third-best home record in the NBA. Only the Bucks and Nuggets were better at home.
Thunder: OUT: Andre Roberson (left patellar). QUESTIONABLE: Hamidou Diallo (right elbow). AVAILABLE: Paul George (right shoulder).
Blazers: OUT: Jusuf Nurkic (left leg).
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