Last Game For The Thunder To Even Things Up

Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant

Last Game For The Thunder To Even Things Up

After three great games this one will be their last against each other, both of these teams are fighting for the top position in the west and know that eventually they will meet up in the post season if things stay on track. They complement each other well as the Blazers guards slice through OKC´s defense while the Thunder’s forwards control the post and the rebound. Shutting Durant down is key to anyone´s victory over this team and that will rest mostly on LeMarcus Aldridge ´s shoulders, double teaming him and opening up another shooter would almost be better chance wise given number 35´s scoring ability.

Oklahoma City Thunder at Portland Trail Blazers
The Oklahoma City Thunder and Portland Trail Blazers go head to head in what could be an early playoff matchup preview.
Starts: 02/11/2014 10:00PM
Moda Center at the Rose Quarter, One Center Court
Portland, Oregon

 

The Thunder lost the first two games but won the last one a few weeks ago, this final game coming up will not only allow the Thunder to even things up at 2 wins a piece but it will give them the necessary tools in case they meet up once the regular season is over. Ibaka´s defense to me is the focal point for the Thunder in this game, he has the ability to keep players out of the paint almost single handedly with his blocking and charge taking ability but he needs to be involved on the offensive side to carry the momentum over.

Portland knows that this is the team to beat in their conference, the Thunder are the defending West winners and they are on a scoring spree that has burned almost every team that has tried to defend it. Lillard and Lopez will be the battery that push this team, Lillard will have to settle for a more assists mod in this one while Lopez will be in charge of cleaning up around the rim on everything he can. I have the Trail Blazers beating the Thunder in a shootout game, I see Portland winning by 5+ points and the total soaring over the 211 mark.