The Oklahoma City Thunder finally drew blood in Game 3 of their first round series against Portland. Still trailing 1-2 in the series, tonight the Thunder look to win their second consecutive game to tie the series up heading back to Portland. Russell Westbrook played fantastic and he had plenty of help from his supporting cast, but can they do it again tonight in Game 4?
 Portland Trail Blazers (2-1) @  Oklahoma City Thunder (1-2)
Game 3 was all over the place for both teams. The Thunder started the game quiet well, jumping out to a solid 10 point lead heading into halftime. The 3rd quarter was another story though, as both teams combined to score 80 points and Portland trimmed the deficit to just 4 points. Westbrook and Schroder took over in the 4th quarter though, leading OKC to a 120-108 victory. Playing at home again tonight, momentum seems to have shifted in favor of the Thunder.
Lillard and McCollum were phenomenal in Game 2 and mostly continued that in Game 3. Unfortunately for Portland, the Thunder hit more than half of their 3-point attempts and shot 39 free throws. For a team up 2-0 playing on the road, that just isn’t going to cut it if they want to take at least one game before heading back home.
- The Blazers just aren’t sharing the ball very well. They finished with 18 assists on 39 made field goals, paling in comparison to the 27 assists on 37 made fields goals for the Thunder.
- Where is Portland’s bench? They scored just 20 points in 72 combined minutes of action, although OKC did score just 28 in 74 minutes.
- Enes Kanter was relevant again in Game 3. He finished with 19 points on 9-14 shooting. Lillard and McCollum combined for 53 points and 13 assists.
Game 3 was undoubtedly Russell Westbrook’s best effort of the series, and partially showcased why this Thunder team won 49 games in the regular season. Despite Paul George shooting just 3-16 from the field, the Thunder shot 48% from the field and 52% from downtown as a team. Their solid defense and Portland’s lack thereof led to a late runaway victory for OKC. The Thunder’s role players stepped up in Game 3, with home court providing them an advantage.
- The Thunder were actually outrebounded in Game 3, 41-37. One of their biggest advantages so far was offensive rebounding, but they lost that 8-12.
- Why can’t OKC stars consistently shoot the ball well? Westbrook went 11-22 in Game 3, but George went just 3-16. In Game 2, the reverse happened as Westbrook went 5-20 and George finished 11-20. Game 1 wasn’t much better either as Westbrook went 8-17 and George was just 8-24.
- Jerami Grant is indeed alive and well! He finally made an impact in the series, finishing with 18 points and 2 blocks on 6-7 shooting, including a stellar 4-5 from downtown.
Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder -6.0
OKC definitely looked like a team headed for a disastrous collapse after Game 2, but they responded well at home in Game 3. It really seems like their role players were energized by the home crowd, elevating their level of play. Fortunately for the Thunder, Game 4 is played in Oklahoma City once again. As the series has gone so far, either Westbrook or George is destined for an awful shooting night, but the Thunder should still win without too much issue. Expect Oklahoma City to win.