After being swept out of the playoffs last year, not many people were giving the Trail Blazers a chance against the Thunder, despite being the obvious favorite when it comes to seeding. The Trail Blazers have been on fire in the postseason so far as Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum went off in game one. In game two last night, they provided more of the same as they blew by the Thunder 114-94. The Blazers started the series with two home wins in a row and now go to Oklahoma City up 2-0.
McCollum and Lillard combined for 62 points last night as Lillard scored 29, and McCollum 33. Lillard was dominant when it came to three-point shooting and was going for long distance daggers all night long.
"I love it, that's what I live for," McCollum said according to ESPN. "Just like playing on the playground."
Meanwhile, OKC's Russell Westbrook was unhappy with himself as the team wasn't able to get it done in the clutch. Despite recording a triple-double, Westbrook hated his performance.
"I've got to play better," Westbrook said. "Tonight, the loss, I'm going to take full responsibility of tonight because the way I played was unacceptable. I'm going to be better."
Game 3 will go down on Friday in Oklahoma City.
Russell Westbrook Faces Suspension After 16th Technical Foul
Has Westbrook been uncontrolled?
As reported by ESPN, Russell Westbrook logged his 16th technical foul of the season late within the first half towards the Golden State Warriors on Saturday (March 16). If the infraction is not rescinded, it can result in an automated one-game suspension. The technical got here after Westbrook drove to attain and felt like he was fouled, however there was a no-call. He argued with referee Tyler Ford, after which dedicated a purposeful retaliation foul out of frustration on Klay Thompson. After fouling Klay he continued to argue the no-call with Ford, and was given a technical.
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When requested if he’s hopeful that the technical could be rescinded, Westbrook responded, “subsequent query.” Then he was requested if he was conscious he was at 15 technicals, to which Westbrook replied, “subsequent query.” Eventually, he was requested if he is upset that he could be dealing with a one-game suspension, to which he stated, “subsequent query.” Westbrook has had two technicals rescinded this season.
“I perceive generally when these guys are entering into there and so they’re getting hit and so they’re getting fouled, it is arduous,” Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan acknowledged. “And these guys make investments quite a bit into the sport. Obviously, I need Russell taking part in and I need him on the market, however we’ll see what occurs and the way this all shakes out.”
Nike Set To Drop Oklahoma City Thunder-Inspired Air Max 97
This new colorway is trying tremendous clear.
Nike has been going off the previous few weeks on the subject of revealing new Air Max colorways. Whether or not it’s displaying off the “Have A Nike Day” lineup for Air Max Day, or flexing some new Air Max 720 colorways, it’s clear that the Beaverton model is letting us know that they’ve some heaters on the way in which. Now Nike is displaying off their newest Air Max 97 colorway, which appears as if it’s impressed by the Oklahoma City Thunder, however is not formally related to the NBA franchise.
Considering these seem like they’re impressed by the Thunder, there is no such thing as a shock that they’re wearing white, blue, and orange. Around the toe field alongside the underside layer is a few obsidian blue, which is then adopted by white, picture blue alternating with obsidian, after which a white tongue with orange highlights.
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The midsole of the sneaker is white with a reddish-orange seen air max unit alongside the aspect and an orange Nike swoosh.
Are there any OKC followers on the market who’re considering of copping these?
Russell Westbrook's Rivalry With Joel Embiid Gets Personal
“He’s all the time in his emotions!”
Russell Westbrook’s rivalry with Joel Embiid simply obtained heated. Under regular circumstances, we all know Embiid and Westbrook might be overly-competitive within the fallacious set of circumstances, even perhaps slightly disrespectful at instances. So when Westbrook and the Thunder traveled to Philly to tackle Embiid and the 76ers, there was all the time excessive probability of fireworks. In previous conferences, Westbrook and Embiid’s left their rivalry on the court docket, however final night time’s
In the 4th quarter, Westbrook took exception to a foul suffered by the hands of Embiid. “I do not suppose he simply landed on me,” stated Westbrook, of Embiid’s foul after the actual fact. “He had slightly further to it. But it is OK,” which in flip roused the curiosity of a reporter who requested if he and Joel have been on good phrases regardless of the bust-up. Westbrook responded, “F*ck no!” But the reporter continued, inflicting Russ, a light match of disturbance earlier than shouting, “Go residence, bro” to cap issues off. And with that, the reporters assembled within the media room took the story to Joel Embiid on the very subsequent juncture.
“I feel I used to be going for the ball, and I feel he misplaced the ball, however I used to be already within the air,” defined Embiid, when requested to supply his account of what Westbrook described an extreme foul. “I do not know why he was mad. I do not know … however he is all the time in his emotions.” It actually would not be lengthy till Russell Westbrook was relayed the message, like a rebound off the taking part in floor. For what it is value, the Thunder would handle 117-115 victory even with Westbrook fouling out within the dying seconds of the match. Embiid will like his probabilities at equalling the chances when the 76ers and Thunder meet once more on the finish of subsequent month, this time in Oklahoma City.
Spurs Held Meeting Asking Kawhi Leonard To Return: Report
The San Antonio Spurs reportedly held a players-only meeting recently in an effort to "implore" Kawhi Leonard to return to the lineup, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Tony Parker "quarterbacked" the meeting after San Antonio's victory over Minnesota on Saturday night, and Woj reports that the conversation was described as tense and emotional at times.
"Several teammates spoke up, expressing frustration and confusion over a growing divide that has created significant tension between Leonard and the Spurs," writes Wojnarowski.
However, Spurs shooting guard Danny Green took to twitter shortly after the story was published today to say that it "couldn't be anymore incorrect."
Regardless what happened during that meeting, the Kawhi Leonard situation is bizarre, especially by Spurs standards. The two-time Defensive Player the Year has played in only nine games this season due to a nagging quad injury, despite reports that he was nearing a return last week. According to Wojnarowski, Kawhi "has impressed his coaches and teammates in 3-on-3 and 4-on-4 workouts," but insists that he has a good reason for sitting on the sidelines while the Spurs fight for playf positioning.
Leonard has averaged 16.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.0 steals in his nine games this season.
San Antonio, 42-30, currently holds the sixth seed in the Western Conference but they're just 1.5 games up on the eighth seeded Utah Jazz. The Spurs could just as easily climb up in the standings as they're only a half-game back the Oklahoma City Thunder who are in sole possession fourth place.
Russell Westbrook Gives Priceless Reaction To Fan Getting In His Face On Court
One Denver Nuggets fan was a little too hype when his team won against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday.
Here’s what happened…
Right before the buzzer was about to sound, Nuggets player Gary Harris shot a three pointer allowing his team to win against OKC in the nick time.
One fan was so hype about the play, he decided to run onto the court and rub it in Russell Westbrook‘s face. The OKC player was not having it.
As soon as the fan intruded his space, he shoved him out the way and gave the classic Russell Westbrook face.
Russell had more to say about the matter back in the locker room.
Many on social media acknowledged how lucky the fan was to not get hurt.
Next time, they might want to keep their excitement to their seat, or Russell might give them more than a shove.
Oklahoma City Announces "Floyd Mayweather Day"
Retired boxer Floyd Mayweather calls a variety different places "home"; He has spots in Las Vegas, Beverly Hills and Miami Beach just to name a few. He's actually from Grand Rapids, Michigan.
But it wasn't any those locations that has honored the 40-year old boxing champ with his very own day. For reasons unbeknownst to us, Oklahoma City recently declared January 17th as "Floyd Mayweather Day."
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After sitting courtside for the Lakers vs Thunder game last week, Money Mayweather was reportedly treated to a post-game reception and dinner party at Broadway 10, with a portion the proceeds going to 6th Man Sports, a subordinate organization within the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). According to TMZ Sports, Mayweather held a meet and greet with fans after the dinner at an event hosted by Karen Civil and that's when the boxing legend was provided with ficial documents from the state regarding Floyd Mayweather Day.
But not everyone in OKC is happy that their city has decided to praise Mayweather. The Oklahoman's Barry Tramel writes,
"But Mayweather is no hero. He is a repeated domestic abuser."
"And why Thunder fans would cheer him, or businesses support him, or the governor salute him, is a mystery to anyone who pays attention and has an ounce self-respect."
"So I've got my own proclamation. Whereas Floyd Mayweather hits women; Whereas the insanity Thunder fans and the governor is hopefully temporary; Whereas starlust should be beneath us; Be It Resolved That it shall hereby be known by all that Friday, January 19, 2018, will be known forthwith as the day we judge people not by the shine their trophies but the content their character, throughout the state Oklahoma with all rights and privileges thereto."