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Game 27 Pregame Primer: Thunder (11-15) vs. Blazers (16-10)

Game 27 Pregame Primer: Thunder (11-15) vs. Blazers (16-10)

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7PM @ Chesapeake Energy Arena, Fox Sports Oklahoma ?

Projected starting lineups:

Oklahoma CityPortland
PG: Kenrich WilliamsPG: Damian Lillard
SG: Lu DortSG: Gary Trent
SF: Justin JacksonSF: Derrick Jones
PF: Darius BazleyPF: Robert Covington
C: Al HorfordC: Enes Kanter

3 Big Things

  • Controlling the glass. Rebounding is paramount for the Thunder as they go up against the Trailblazers. Seeing how Al Horford and Mike Muscala matchup against Enes Kanter should indicate how Oklahoma City does overall in the game.
  • Slowing down Dame. Damian Lillard has to be a priority for the defense, an assignment made even more difficult without a full roster. In the last seven games, Lillard is averaging 30 points and 7 assists. Throwing multiple defenders his way is a priority.
  • Steady Al. Horford needs to continue steering the ship for the young Thunder. Last time out against the Bucks he had a near triple-double: 20 points, 9 assists, and 7 rebounds. Replicating that offensive production will only help the Thunder against the Blazers.

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