Enes Kanter's big moment comes with a Knicks dig

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

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

McCollum finished with 24 points, six rebounds, and three assists on 9-of-24 shooting in 37 minutes of action on Sunday.

Paul George's injury status is day-to-day due to right shoulder soreness, Thunder coach Billy Donovan said after practice Friday.

It was the first postseason meeting between the teams since the Thunder moved from Seattle to Oklahoma City. However he was just 1 of 6 from the floor in the opening quarter. The Thunder's defense eventually settled in, but Portland lit OKC up for 7-for-10 from 3 in a 39-point first quarter. Led by guards Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, they stormed back to a No. 3 seed this year.

Oklahoma City beat the Blazers in all four meetings this season, including a heated 129-121 overtime victory on March 7.

"We know how it feels to win again", Lillard said.

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The re-aggravation of a right shoulder injury from the end of February sidelined George in the Thunder's 127-116 win at Milwaukee Wednesday.

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. But Kanter, signed just before the All-Star break after being waived by the New York Knick, has proven ad admirable fill-in.

Portland dominated the early going, jumping out to a 38-23 lead late in the first quarter. These teams met last season in the West semis, with Houston claiming that series in five games. A year ago as a No. 3 seed Portland got swept by the New Orleans Pelicans.

The never-quiet Kanter first took it to the Thunder, who traded him to the Knicks in 2017 in the Carmelo Anthony trade, and then he redirected his focus toward those Knicks, who bought him out during a miserable season. Bill Walton did it three times and LaMarcus Aldridge once. "He maintained a high level of play for a long period of time".

The team certainly struggled to shoot on Sunday but it seems reasonable to think those struggles will not continue in Game 2 on Tuesday night in Portland.

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