|Last 5 Games||4-1||+1.2||4-1||2-3||104.6||51.4||48.3%||50.2||93.0||48.2||42.3%||46.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||105.9||53.8||38-79||48.1%||7-19||38.2%||22-27||82.9%||51||10||21||20||8||15||8|
|vs opponents surrendering||98.4||49.5||37-82||45.4%||7-20||36.0%||17-22||75.2%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||102.9||52.2||37-79||46.5%||7-20||34.4%||22-27||82.2%||51||11||20||20||8||15||7|
|Stats Against (All Games)||96.6||47.6||36-85||42.6%||7-21||34.8%||17-22||77.8%||48||12||21||21||8||14||4|
|vs opponents averaging||98.3||49.4||37-82||45.4%||7-20||35.8%||17-22||75.1%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||97.7||48.0||37-86||43.2%||8-21||35.6%||16-21||77.7%||49||12||22||21||8||15||4|
|Last 5 Games||0-5||-5||0-4||3-2||94.6||50.4||45.9%||44.2||106.2||58.6||52.2%||45.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||97.8||47.9||37-82||44.9%||8-23||35.3%||16-21||77.7%||49||11||22||19||7||14||4|
|vs opponents surrendering||98.3||49.4||37-82||45.2%||7-20||36.0%||17-22||75.5%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||99.7||48.5||37-82||45.5%||8-23||34.0%||18-22||78.5%||49||11||22||19||7||14||4|
|Stats Against (All Games)||100.5||50.9||39-83||47.3%||6-18||33.9%||16-21||75.8%||50||11||24||19||8||13||4|
|vs opponents averaging||98.6||49.7||37-82||45.4%||7-20||35.8%||17-23||75.3%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||98.6||50.8||38-82||46.2%||6-18||30.5%||17-23||76.3%||50||11||23||20||9||13||4|
|Average power rating of opponents played: OKLAHOMA CITY 95.5, PORTLAND 95.9|
|3/3/2013||@ LA CLIPPERS||108-104||W||2.5||W||206||O||38-80||47.5%||49||13||38-82||46.3%||49||20|
|3/7/2013||@ NEW YORK||95-94||W||-8||L||204||U||31-70||44.3%||50||16||35-86||40.7%||44||13|
|3/11/2013||@ SAN ANTONIO||93-105||L||2.5||L||206||U||33-77||42.9%||50||17||43-82||52.4%||39||12|
|4/11/2013||@ GOLDEN STATE||116-97||W||-4||W||204.5||O||42-83||50.6%||50||17||37-84||44.0%||51||16|
|4/12/2013||@ PORTLAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/15/2013||SACRAMENTO|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/17/2013||MILWAUKEE|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|3/8/2013||@ SAN ANTONIO||136-106||W||11.5||W||201.5||O||53-86||61.6%||48||10||44-84||52.4%||32||12|
|3/10/2013||@ NEW ORLEANS||96-98||L||-3.5||L||195||U||37-76||48.7%||38||11||40-86||46.5%||50||13|
|3/24/2013||@ OKLAHOMA CITY||83-103||L||11||L||207||U||32-79||40.5%||42||17||43-82||52.4%||53||10|
|3/30/2013||@ GOLDEN STATE||98-125||L||9.5||L||200.5||O||33-86||38.4%||46||10||47-87||54.0%||57||10|
|4/12/2013||OKLAHOMA CITY|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/14/2013||@ DENVER|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/16/2013||@ LA CLIPPERS|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/17/2013||GOLDEN STATE|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|OKLAHOMA CITY: GUARDS: RUSSELL WESTBROOK can do whatever he wants inside the arc and will continue to be a shoot-first point guard . . . JAMES HARDEN will likely keep coming off the bench, but he'll also keep playing starter's minutes . . . THABO SEFOLOSHA is OKC's best perimeter defender. But his role won't become more prominent until the postseason . . . ERIC MAYNOR should be just about all the way back from his torn ACL. When healthy, he's one of the league's best backup point guards . . . DAEQUAN COOK will see limited minutes as a three-point specialist . . . REGGIE JACKSON's role will shrink to near nothing if Maynor is healthy. FORWARDS: KEVIN DURANT continues to do it all, and has done nothing but steadily improve each season . . . SERGE IBAKA is obviously an elite shot-blocker, but he continues to get lost in space. He's made some strides as a pick-and-roll defender, but that weakness is why he doesn't play 30 minutes per night . . . NICK COLLISON will continue to steal a lot of Ibaka's minutes because he defends the pick-and-roll better, and because he draws so many charges, he's almost as good in help situations . . . PERRY JONES III is an incredible athlete, but needs a year or two to learn the game . . . LAZAR HAYWARD is back as a 12th man. CENTERS: KENDRICK PERKINS will continue to start, but is a part-time player. The Thunder are often better with a small lineup. While Perkins is a bruiser he is too easy to exploit as a defender in space . . . COLE ALDRICH could be ready for a slightly bigger role off the bench . . . HASHEEM THABEET is a reclamation project. There's a sliver of long-term hope, but he won't help this year.|
|PORTLAND: GUARDS: Portland will turn point guard duties over to rookie DAMIAN LILLARD. The leap from Big Sky Conference to NBA will be a big one, but Lillard is an efficient scorer who can manage the offense . . . WESLEY MATTHEWS is more of a glue guy. He can't create his own offense, but he can heat up as a streaky catch-and-shoot guy . . . RONNIE PRICE should emerge as Lillard's top backup, a role he's filled at numerous stops . . . Second-rounder WILL BARTON could emerge as a rotation player. He's a versatile wing who must prove he can play off the ball . . . SASHA PAVLOVIC will play both the two and three, and can still stroke it from long distance . . . NOLAN SMITH, a misstep of the last regime, is a fringe roster player . . . ELLIOT WILLIAMS, a defensive-minded combo guard, tore his Achilles in mid-September and expects to miss the entire season. FORWARDS: LaMARCUS ALDRIDGE had a couple of health scares over the past six months, but he should enter the season 100 percent. He's clearly Portland's best player . . . NICOLAS BATUM felt rightly disrespected by his secondary role in Portland. All signs point to a bigger role in 2012-13 . . . VICTOR CLAVER is an athletic scrapper who won't do much offensively even if he does get big minutes . . . JOEL FREELAND could become their first big man off the bench . . . JARED JEFFRIES is still relevant as a defensive specialist . . . The highlight of LUKE BABBITT's career might be that mention on Onion:Sportsdome. CENTERS: J.J. HICKSON is a black hole on offense and a liability on defense, but he can score and rebound, which is good enough to be the starting center in Portland's weak frontcourt . . . MEYERS LEONARD might not be quite ready for 30-plus minutes, but he'll have to learn on the fly due to Portland's lack of veteran bigs. He has some long-term upside as a 7-footer with some nice athleticism and touch inside 10 feet. |
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO BASKETBALL PREVIEW (OKLAHOMA CITY-PORTLAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Thunder-Trail Blazers Preview* ===============================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Oklahoma City (58-21) at Portland (33-45), 10:00 p.m. EDT
A visit from the Oklahoma City Thunder might not present the ideal opportunity for the Portland Trail Blazers to avoid setting a club record for consecutive home losses.
Mired in a nine-game overall skid, the Trail Blazers look to avoid a seventh straight home defeat and a season sweep at the hands of the Western Conference-leading Thunder on Friday night.
If missing the playoffs for a second consecutive season wasn't bad enough, Portland (33-45) is in the midst of its longest overall losing stretch since dropping 11 in a row March 14-April 2, 2006. The current slide also includes a six-game skid at home to match the longest such drought in the club's history.
Attempting to end both losing streaks likely won't be easy against Oklahoma City (58-21), which has won six in a row overall against the Trail Blazers and three straight at the Rose Garden. The Thunder moved one-half game ahead of San Antonio in the race for the top seed in the West with a 116-97 win at playoff-bound Golden State on Thursday.
Oklahoma City has won two straight, eight of 10, and just concluded a 5-1 stretch against teams above .500 or who have already clinched a playoff spot.
"Our approach was to embrace the challenge," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. "And I think our guys have done a good job of that."
Now they must try to avoid a letdown against the Blazers, who fell to 0-4 on a five-game homestand after a 113-106 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday. Though Portland totaled more than 98 points for the first time in six home contests, they allowed Kobe Bryant to score a season-high 47 and the Lakers to shoot 58.9 percent overall.
Though Portland opponents have averaged 108.3 points and shot 51.7 percent in the last nine games, coach Terry Stotts was happy with his team's latest performance.
"It was a very good effort by our team, but unfortunately we couldn't pull it out," he said.
With starters Wesley Matthews (ankle), J.J. Hickson (back) and Nicolas Batum (shoulder) all dealing with injuries that could keep them sidelined again Friday, the Trail Blazers continue to rely on guard Damian Lillard.
Averaging a rookie-best 19.1 points per contest, Lillard went toe-to-toe with Bryant and finished with a career-high 38 and added nine assists Wednesday.
"He's spectacular ... really fantastic," Bryant said of the sixth overall pick. "A lot of players get hot, but he's got the moves, patience, intelligence, the balance on his jumpers. He's the real deal."
Lillard has averaged 16.3 points but shot 38.8 percent in three games versus Oklahoma City. He was held to nine on 3-of-14 shooting in the Trail Blazers' 87-83 home loss to the Thunder on Jan. 13.
Kevin Durant had 31 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists while Kevin Martin scored 23 off the bench as the Thunder shot 50.6 percent and outscored the Warriors 36-23 in the third quarter to pull away.
Durant has totaled 52 points on 16-of-26 shooting, 22 boards and 17 assists in his last two games. He's posted two double-doubles against the Trail Blazers this season and averaged 30.3 points and shot 54.4 percent in the last three at Portland.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 3:33:28 PM EST|