The Portland Trailblazers are up 2-1 on the Oklahoma City Thunder and are looking to stop their eight road game losing streak. In the first two games of this series, Damian Lillard, C.J. McCullum, and Enes Kanter have played spectator for the Blazers. The trio combined for 74 points, 28 rebounds, and nine assists in game one as they lead the Blazers to a 104-99 victory at home against the Thunder. In game two the trio combined for 68 points, 17 rebounds, and 11 assists beating the Thunder by 20 points 114-94.
In game three, the trio had a decent outing scoring 72 points, 16 rebounds, and 14 assists, but it was not good enough to lead the Trailblazers to their straight victory in the series. Paul George & Russell Westbrook played excellent scoring 55 points, 11 rebounds, and 17 assists. Their supporting cast also came up big as Dennis Schröder and Jerami Grant chipped in 35 points combined, as the Thunder took game three 120-108 at home.
After the conclusion of the game, ESPN NBA Analyst and former Boston Celtic Paul Pierce stated that this series will go six games.
“I think this series goes six games, said” Pierce.
— Landon Buford (@LandonBuford) April 20, 2019
Earlier this month, Pierce said, “Damian Lillard is more important to his team than Russell Westbrook.”
The Blazers are looking to take a commanding 3-1 lead over the Thunder to try to finish the series in five at home in the Rose City. As for the Thunder, they are looking to tie this series as it shifts back to Portland.