Thunder: Billy Donovan talks NBA Playoffs

The Portland Trail Blazers face the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Moda Center in Portland Oregon on Thursday

It was a lackluster performance from the Thunder, who had a horrific shooting night as a team, hitting just 5-of-33 three-point attempts (15.2 percent).

Kanter was stellar in the series opener - the offensive-minded big man went for a double-double of 20 points and 18 rebounds, with seven of those boards coming off the offensive glass. The Thunder defense was again good, holding the Blazers to just 37 percent shooting and 0-of-1 from three, but Kanter contributed six points and six rebounds in the third to keep pace.

The Thunder faced a 19-point deficit in the first half and battled back to cut the lead to six points at halftime. Starting center Jusuf Nurkic was posting career-high marks in points, rebounds and assists before a devastating leg injury in late March knocked him out for the rest of the year.

In the 2017 offseason, Kanter was a part of the trade between the Thunder and New York Knicks that sent Carmelo Anthony to Oklahoma City.

The Thunder have been to the playoffs every season since moving from Seattle in 2008, but they haven't gotten past the opening round for the past two seasons.

Paul George's injury status is day-to-day due to right shoulder soreness, Thunder coach Billy Donovan said after practice Friday. The Thunder offense continued struggling despite the defensive resurgence, hitting just 8-of-23 from the floor in the frame.

NBA Playoffs 2019: Celtics vs. Pacers Game 1 live stream
Kyrie Irving and Marcus Morris scored 20 points apiece for Boston, which won handily despite shooting just 36.4 percent. But there was a gradual decrescendo, as the Celtics managed to tally just 6 points in the first six minutes of play.

American Airlines cancels all Boeing 737 Max planes through August 19
Boeing has been developing a software upgrade for an anti-stall system under scrutiny in two recent crashes. American has 24 MAX jets and had previously planned to cancel MAX flights through early June.

Former Worcestershire player Alex Hepburn guilty of raping a sleeping woman
You need to prepare yourself and get matters in order and attend Hereford Crown Court on the 30th of April". A distraught Hepburn was then seen slumping into his seat, covering his face with his hands before sobbing.

George missed the Thunder' regular-season finale Wednesday at Milwaukee because of the nagging injury, which also kept him out of games on February 28, March 2 and March 3.

The teams went back and forth in the third quarter - Portland pushing their lead back to double-digits, the Thunder responding with a charge to draw closer.

The Thunder's only lead was in the opening quarter.

Portland takes a 1-0 lead in the first round series with the victory.

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

It took the Rockets a few months to get on track for the season, but the second-half surge up the Western Conference standings netted the respect of a team that pushed Golden State to the brink of elimination before the Warriors rallied and later secured their second championship in succession and third in the span of four years.

Related News:



Most liked

See Hayden Christensen & Matt Lanter Unite At Star Wars Celebration
When asked how The Mandalorian would be different from other Star Wars properties, Filoni was hesitant to get into details. We also saw footage of Carano pulling off some great stunts, and a line from Breaking Bad alum Giancarlo Esposito .

Catholic faithful marks start of Holy Week
He said: 'Joyful acclamations at Jesus's entrance into Jerusalem, followed by his humiliation. Peter's Square, which is jammed with tens of thousands of faithful.

Stacey Dooley’s boyfriend calls Kevin Clifton a snake after confronting him
Over more than a decade on air, Strictly Come Dancing has found itself embroiled in a number of relationship scandals. Kevin - who won Strictly with Stacey past year - split from his third wife and co-star Karen in March 2018.

Steve Smith & David Warner in Australia squad
Jhye Richardson, who dislocated his shoulder last month, makes the grade along with Nathan Coulter-Nile and Jason Behrendorff. Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh have been included in the squad, which is a reward for their good form in the recent games.

Jet Airways pilots’ body protesting non-payment of salaries defers ‘no flying’ call
It also announced the resignation of one of its independent directors, Rajshree Pathy, from the company for other commitments. Therefore the "call of No Pay No Work stands deferred for the time being" to give the airline a chance of survival, it said.

Oregon's Ionescu wins 2019 Wooden Award as top female player
Barrett and fellow freshman Zion Williamson , victor of the John R. Fellow junior Ruthy Hebard was nominated for the award this year.

Mariners break new HR record to start season
Indians starter Shane Bieber tossed seven scoreless innings with six strikeouts in Cleveland's 4-0 win over the Tigers. Who says you can not beat the shift on an inside pitch? See, you do not have to pull the ball all the time guys.

New tech to detect when drivers use phone at wheel
Kate's 13-year-old son Jake survived, but she says he was left "traumatised by the crash and deaths of Aimee and his best friend". Rule breakers will get an automatic fixed penalty notice and penalty points on their license, as well as a fine of £200.

Facebook spent $20 million on Mark Zuckerberg's personal security in 2018
About $2.6 million of the $20 million were 'for costs related to personal usage of private aircraft. Facebook pays for Zuckerberg and his family's personal security at his homes and when he travels.

Japan: US sailor kills woman, then self in Okinowa
Ambassador William Hagerty, asking for cooperation with both the inquiry and efforts to prevent a recurrence. The sailor was attached to the USA 3rd Marine Division, which has a base in Okinawa.

Modi says India undermined Pakistan nuclear threat
Former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda has termed the raids as an act of political revenge as Kumaraswamy refused BJP's invite to join them.

DeMar DeRozan leads Spurs past Nuggets in Game 1
San Antonio: The Spurs have won five of six playoff series against the Nuggets with their only series defeat coming in 1985. The Nuggets have lost seven of their last 12 home games against San Antonio. "He was spectacular", Popovich said.

Boy Thrown from Mall of America Balcony Still Hospitalized; GoFundMe Efforts Trending
However, the trespassing notice was not in effect at the time of the incident, The AP reported. According to court records, the suspect has been previously barred from the Mall of America.

Rod Rosenstein: Saying Barr Is Misleading with Mueller Summary 'Bizarre'
Trump has described former Federal Bureau of Investigation officials who initially chose to investigate him as "dirty cops". He has promised to release a redacted version of the full report in April.

Cross-party Brexit negotiations remain delicate says Lidington
Sources suggested a the chancellor, Philip Hammond, could meet the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell. The pair told the Sunday Telegraph: "Rules are there to serve their organisation".