Series is tied 0-0

Sunday, April 14 :: 2:30 p.m. CST :: Moda Center (19,980)
TV Coverage: Fox Sports Oklahoma (DirectTV 675, Cox 37, HD 722, Tulsa Cox 27)
Radio Coverage: 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
View from the enemyHere.
Line: The Oklahoma City Thunder are a 3½-point underdog. The over/under is 225.e
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Game Notes: Thunder: here | Blazers: here

FOLLOWING THE ACTION

  • You can catch the radio on Oklahoma City’s WWLS, 98.1 FM. Matt Pinto will be your play-by-play voice. If you’re in Tulsa, catch it on 1450 AM.
  • Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson & Lisa Salters will have the call on ABC.

SCOUTING THE ENEMY

  • The Portland Trail Blazers went 53-29 on the season, finishing third in the Western Conference.
  • In their last 10 games, the Trail Blazers went 8-2.
  • In their last game, Portland overcame a 28-point deficit, beating the Sacramento Kings 136-131 on April 11.
  • Oklahoma City swept Portland in the regular season 4-0.
  • All-time the Thunder are 120-116 against the Blazers.
  • Since relocating to Oklahoma City, the Thunder are 22-22 against Portland.
  • The Thunder are 2-8 in their last 10 games at the Rose Garden.
  • Portland and the Thunder are tied 2-2 in playoff series wins. Haven’t met since 1991.
  • INJURY REPORT:
    Jusuf Nurkic (leg) is out.
  • The Thunder’s largest margin of victory over Portland came on March 24, 2013, where Oklahoma City prevailed by a score of 103-83 (20-point margin of victory).
  • Meanwhile, the Thunder’s largest margin of defeat (35 points) vs. Portland occurred during a 107-72 loss on April 3, 2009.

THUNDER INJURY REPORT

  • Andre Roberson (ruptured patellar tendon) is out.

UNIFORM WATCH



Keys to the Game

Rebeounding

With Nurkic out for the season, the Thunder have to find a way to beat the Blazers on the boards. If Oklahoma City comes out, beats the glass with the toughness we’ve seen over the last couple of weeks, the Thunder are going to find themselves in the win column early on.

Bench

Oklahoma City’s bench has been super inconsistent. They need Dennis Schröder and Nerlens Noel to step up and do their thing. If Oklahoma City’s bench is invisible, it will probably force Westbrook and Co. to be overworked and maybe try to do too much. If they show up, we could be in a good spot.

Defend the three

The Blazers shot less than 29 percent from three in the four games against Oklahoma City. That’s a credit to the Thunder’s fantastic defense. The Thunder need the defense from pre-ASB to show up. With Lillard and CJ being the sharp shooters they are, limiting their impact is imperative.

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