The other matchup in the Eastern Conference featured the 1 seed Milwaukee Bucks against the 8 seed Detroit Pistons, who were without their star Blake Griffin. "It's even more important against a team that loves to be out in transition".
With their Game 1 win, the Blazers snapped a 10-game playoff losing streak while with this Game 2 win, they win consecutive postseason games for the first since 2016 (first round vs. the LA Clippers). The contest was never close and the Rockets blew the doors off the Jazz through a dominant 4 quarter, en route to a 122-90 demolition. "It didn't cost us the game, but we have to be better in the second game".
As far as basketball games go, this was just about as ugly as it gets. Late in the second quarter, Westbrook was corralling a loose ball as Lillard tried to tie him up. In that following tilt, Westbrook came out overaggressive and picked up four fouls in the first half.
Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers sustain the momentum at home. Westbrook turns to the basket for a pullup jumper, but Lillard, knowing what was coming, was able to knock the ball away for one of his two blocked shots of the game. Both teams only made 28 shots for the entire game.
The Thunder's struggles early in the series extend the road woes that dogged them throughout the second half of the regular season. Superstar Kyrie Irving made only 6 of his 17 shots for 20 points and the Celtics limped to 84 points for the game.
Damian Lillard and Steven Adams exchanged some words during Tuesday's Game 2 of the Oklahoma City Thunder-Portland Trail Blazers first round playoff series over a hard screen.
The Trail Blazers made 11-of-25 threes, the Thunder made just 5-of-33 on Sunday night.
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Simmons apparently does not see eye-to-eye with 76ers head coach Brett Brown . "There's zero doubt he's our crown jewel". Embiid received a flagrant-1 foul for clocking Allen in the face with his left elbow while spinning in his direction.
After Game 1, George told reporters that he couldn't lift his shoulder after the game against the Rockets. "It's physical every time we've played them", said Portland's Maurice Harkless, who finished with 14 points.
Portland's victory in Game 1 snapped a 10-game postseason losing streak that included four-game sweeps in the past two seasons - first by the Warriors and then a year ago by the Pelicans.
Westbrook was just 5 of 20 from the field, including 1 for 6 on 3-point attempts. Seven Bucks players scored in double figures during the rout.
The Thunder's dismal shooting from beyond the arc isn't a one-off. They kind of find their offense in the flow of the game. I know that a series doesn't start until you win a game on the road.
Yet there's Lillard, picking up a team that lost Jusuf Nurkic and toughing it out on a night with 29 points, six assists, three steals and two blocks.
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.