Blazers/Thunder

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Blazers/Thunder

Some early observations of this game are simple: the Blazers are looking like a very connected unit (which makes my heart flutter), length is proving to actually make a difference between PG exploding and giving us 30 with ease, and that Enes Kanter has made an incredible difference with offensive rebounding.

I'm a Blazer fan and I have Blazers winning in 6 devilishly close and very phyiscal games, but I want to mention that I expect this to be the most riveting first round matchup in the west. I think its interesting that so many people have the Thunder 'sweeping' the Blazers when the Thunder are in fact a team with MANY holes on their roster, outside of PG.

I think this is the series that shows the world that Damian is a better player than Westbrook, regardless of the outcome of the series.


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So far Paul George isn't

So far Paul George isn't looking like himself with that sore right shoulder. If he can't get it going this might be a short series.

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Hm

He's had his shot blocked four times up until halftime. I think its safe to say Portland's length (Harkless, Aminu) are also contributing to his poor shooting up until now.

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Dame is better than Russ. I

Dame is better than Russ. I don't think it's much of an argument. Being in control is a big deal.

Kanter gets written off at every stop but the guy is a flat out nightmare in the low box and on the offensive glass. They can't replace Nurkic's decision making and Kanter is not the defender Nurk is, but he's not that much of a talent drop overall.

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Paul George is the deciding

Paul George is the deciding factor. If he shows up, thunder win the series. I saw him miss seven three pointers in a row this game. Kanter outplayed Adams surprisingly.

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I hope PG has a good time

I hope PG has a good time getting eliminated in the first round every year in OKC. Shoulda joined lebron!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Russell Westbrook

His emotions will get the best of him. I understand the passion but the one thing I noticed from Russ is he's too concerned about individual matchups that he tend to forget what's really important. Like last year for example, he gets too uptight when he got outplayed by Rubio or Mitchell he played way too much on his emotions rather than letting the game come to him. Remember his 18/43? I think Lillard is gonna do the same in this series.

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What y’all think about whose

What y’all think about whose better between Dame and Russ is whatever, but Russ played a great game. If PG had anything even close to a normal game, OKC wins it. We’ll see about the rest of the series but gotta love how Russ is already getting blame for things that haven’t even happened yet

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Hard to say really..

Good game portland they beat us and we beat ourselves by missing so many shots..

I have the series going 4-2 who to is still up for debate..

OKC missed a lottttt of shots and were still in the game, the issues for OKC are this though:

PG being injured for a second playoff series(elbow bursitis vs Jazz last season) is showing Donovans load management during the regular season is very poor.

Donovans weird rotations: Diallo should have been getting some minutes by now as he is a better version of Ferguson in my opinion,how is felton getting burn and his desire to keep playing two pg guards..

More pick and roll with Adams,Noel,Morris and maybe Morris as we aren't GSW..

Getting the team off to better starts..

Russ needs to go full MVP mode for us to keep afloat until P.G is at least semi healthy..

Portland could win the series but their margin for error is small due to Nurkic being out..

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Hard disagree about Diallo

Hard disagree about Diallo being better than Ferguson. He’s able to make some crazy plays but he’s wildly inconsistent at this point. I think Ferguson should’ve gotten even more minutes considering he’s one of our only guys that can shoot. If there’s anyone I think deserved to play, I don’t see why Burton couldn’t get some of Ray’s minutes

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Up to the GSW game where he got injured..

Diallo was clearly outplaying Feguson, there was a reason he was getting more minutes if not the same as ferguson up until that point(check game stat logs for the up until that point). He plays solid defense for a rookie,is able to move relatively well without the ball and was good for at least 6-12 points,a couple of boards,1 steal , at least 1-3 dimes in 12-15 minutes and plays with energy that fitted nicely with Russell's uptempo style of play. Which is about what ferguson gives if not more than him... For some weird reason once he went down with the GSW injury though Donovan never let him back into the rotations though, I don't know if its an injury or for developmentl reasonings though...Don't get me wrong though Ferguson has turnt up the second half of the season and is definitely one of our better floor spacers...

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Adams

Always amazed at th annual improvenent since college....could not undersatand why this site was hyping him BUT....the limit in the bucket is supposed to be 3 seconds not ten

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