Major playoff seeding implications on the line as Blazers travel to OKC
A quick look back
The Portland Trail Blazers are now riding a two-game losing streak after just having its winning streak of 13 consecutive games snapped on Tuesday. Portland had a 10-point lead heading into the fourth quarter against Boston on Friday night, but the Celtics were able to come from behind and beat the Blazers, 105-100.
CJ McCollum lead the way for Portland, in the loss, with 26 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and two steals. The Blazers now embark on a three-game road trip that starts off in Oklahoma City.
The Thunder have been one of the hottest teams in the league lately after winning 10 of its last 13 games.
Oklahoma City beat the Miami Heat 105-99 on Friday night at home. Russell Westbrook had a big fourth quarter to ensure the Thunder victory. Westbrook scored 17 of his 29 points in the final quarter.
Portland leads the season series against OKC, 3-0. In the Blazers most recent win vs. the Thunder, CJ McCollum scored 28 points, while Damian Lillard added 20 to help the Blazers take a 108-100 home victory, which was also the Blazers six straight overall win back of their 13-game winning streak back on March 3rd.
A win for the Blazers on Sunday, would give Portland its first season-sweep of OKC since the 2002-03 season.
Keep in mind though; Oklahoma City has won eight of their last nine games at home and they are 26-11 at Chesapeake Energy Arena this season.
The Trail Blazer have listed Evan Turner (low back soreness), Jusuf Nurkic (low back soreness) and Ed Davis (right foot strain) as probable for Sunday’s contest. Shabazz Napier (toe) is listed as questionable.
Damian Lillard did board the team plane on Saturday en route to Oklahoma City. Lillard is still awaiting the birth of his first child and is on standby to return to Portland at any time.
For the Thunder, Andre Roberson (left patellar surgery) is out vs. the Blazers.
Current playoff picture
After dropping two straight games, Portland (44-28) now holds a 1 game lead over the Thunder for the third spot in the Western Conference standings (the Blazers already own a tiebreaker with the 3-0 season series lead).
OKC is in sole possession of the 4th spot and is 1.5 games up on San Antonio who is sitting in the 5th spot with a 43-30 record.
***The conference standings are up-to-date as of late Saturday evening after Saturday’s games were completed.
Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City OK
Television: NBCS Northwest
Live NBC Sports Northwest coverage: Rip City Live (3:00pm) and Talkin' Ball (Immediately after the Blazers postgame show)
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Radio: Rip City Radio 620