Paul George says his right shoulder is 'pain-free' after Game 1

Rex Christensen
April 16, 2019

Obviously, he needs more support from his teammates than a 1-of-18 effort from deep, but the Thunder also rely heavily on George to provide them spacing and a three-point threat.

Of course, what happens during the regular season doesn't always carry over into the postseason and that was the case in Game 1 of this series.

Antetokounmpo had 24 points and 17 rebounds in just 24 minutes, as the Milwaukee began their hunt for a playoff championship ring with a 121-86 blowout of the Pistons in game one. George had 26 points, 10 rebounds, and four steals, but shot just 8-of-24 from the field and 4-of-15 from three.

The Oklahoma City Thunder have not had a lot of recent playoff success.

"Couple days ago I looked in the mirror and said, 'Man, I'm blessed to just be here with an awesome organization and wonderful teammates'". The Blazers went into the fourth quarter with a 76-69 lead.

More to the point the former OKC big man outduelled his close friend, former team-mate and fellow 'Stache brother Adams to claim first blood in what should be an intriguing back and forth between the two in this series. The six-time All-Star shot 43.8 percent from from the floor, 38.6 percent from the 3-point line and 83.9 percent from the charity stripe. Ferguson earned his third foul and headed to the bench.

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The Thunder's only lead was in the opening quarter.

Even the Trail Blazers Twitter account paid tribute to Jennifer, showing us all just how powerful social media can be. The Trailblazers are 7-24-2 ATS in their last 33 Conference Quarterfinals games, 0-3-1 ATS in their last four games against a team with a winning record and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 Tuesday games.

Detroit played without forward Blake Griffin, who has missed five of the last eight games with a sore knee.

It's been quite a journey from NY castoff to Portland playoff hero for the seven-year National Basketball Association veteran. The Blazers haven't made it out of the first round for the past two seasons. "Obviously, his rebounding and scoring. He maintained a high level of play for a long period of time".

On Sunday at Toyota Center, the Rockets will host Utah in Game 1 of this first-round series.

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