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The Oklahoma City Thunder dropped Game 1 in Portland. The Trail Blazers, who were favored by 3½ to start the game, did what they should’ve to take care of business. For the Thunder, it’s all about stealing Game 2. With that said, here are some Thunder’s by the numbers:

18

Oklahoma City allowed Enes Kanter to pull down 18 rebounds

7

Seven of those 18 were offensive.

28

The Thunder missed 28 three-pointers in their loss to Portland in Game 1.

44

The Portland Trail Blazers shot 44 percent from three (11-of-25).

37

Oklahoma City’s bench which is probably one of the most important keys to the Thunder’s series success, went 10-of-27 from the field, only 37 percent.

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Russell Westbrook finished with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his ninth career playoff triple-double. He’s now sixth all-time in playoff triple-doubles. Magic Johnson is No. 1 with 30.

2

Only two Thunder players hit threes tonight, Paul George and Terrance Ferguson. George was 4-of-15; Ferguson was 1-of-2. The rest of the team went 0-of-16.

19

The largest lead by Portland. It came midway in the second quarter when Portland went up 47-28 with 9:41 to go in the second quarter.

87

The Thunder shot an impressive 87 percent from the free throw line, going 20-of-23. Adams, Schröder and Morris all had the misses. Russell Westbrook went 8-of-8 at the line.

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There are six games left. This is only Game 1. No need for over reactions. Just let Oklahoma City take care of business going forward and this game will be an afterthought.

 

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