Thunder: Billy Donovan talks NBA Playoffs

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George is day-to-day with right shoulder soreness

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.

Student seriously injured after falling from bell tower at Fordham University
Sydney Paige Monfries, 22, from Portland, Oregon, fell from a bell tower as she attempted to take photos of the NY skyline. Fordham University confirmed the incident and sent a letter to students. "Access to that tower is always locked", he said.

Afghanisan: Taliban claim attack as spring offensive begins
Qais Mangal, a spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Defence, dismissed the Taliban's spring offensive as "mere propaganda". The Taliban also called on fighters to avoid civilian deaths in their attacks.

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.

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

Chelsea manager picks out positives from the Liverpool loss: Were there any?
That incident featured in a number of previews for the game. "And by the way, we can finally close the slipping book", said Klopp. Salah seems to be back in form and has now hit the back of the net for the second time in two games.

Twitter divided after Rishabh Pant misses out on India’s World Cup squad
Meanwhile, Prasad also revealed that left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed's name was also discussed during the selection meeting. Vijay Shankar who has been picked instead is a batsman who can bowl and of late has really grown into the role.

Mbappe blasts PSG's team-mates after 5-1 defeat to Lille
Christophe Galtier's side went 2-1 up six minutes into the second half when Pepe beat the offside trap to score from close range. St Etienne have 53 points, three behind third-placed Olympique Lyonnais, who occupy the final Champions League qualifying spot.

Salman Khan’s first look from ‘Bharat’ is as intense as it gets
Khan had undergone multiple look changes as the timeline of the film spans from the 60s to contemporary times. Earlier, Katrina Kaif had revealed that the trailer of the film will be out on April 24.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Truex Jr. takes Richmond for first short-track win
Martin Truex Jr ., Chase Elliott, Austin Dillon, Daniel Suarez and Jimmie Johnson completed the first 10 qualifiers. They include local favorite Denny Hamlin, a three-time victor on the 0.75-mile oval, Chase Elliott and Matt Tifft.

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.

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.

IPL 2019: Kohli and Chhetri Bond During RCB Training Camp
Referring to the recent ODI series with Australia , Kumble said Kohli depends a lot on Dhoni especially on proper field placings. When your decision-making is spot on and balanced, those teams win the IPL.

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.

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".