Jacking up a bunch of treys is generally bad business if you can get the two-pointers in quantity. But if you’re not getting shots at any distance, it seems pointless to grumble. And the Thunder have not been getting shots: at the 3:31 mark, when Billy Donovan raised the white flag, OKC had a blah 34-80 (43 percent) from the floor and an appalling 5-27 (19 percent) on the long ball. Faced with this level of ineptitude, all the Blazers had to do was not mess up, and they didn’t, handing the Thunder their second consecutive playoff loss, 114-94.
The Blazers’ twin guards, as always, contributed the bulk of Portland’s offense: 33 for C. J. McCollum, 29 for Damian Lillard. Only one other Blazer made double figures: Moe Harkless, with 14. But all five Portland starters were at least plus 10 for the night, as was reserve big Meyers Leonard. One can argue with the utility of the plus/minus metric — Raymond Felton led all OKC players with a plus-11 after scoring one point in 15 minutes — but the Thunder starters were well and truly skunked, Paul George managing a respectable 27, but Russell Westbrook never got untracked, going 5-20 yet barely missing a triple-double (14-9-11). The one metric where OKC showed big was in turnovers: they horked up the ball sixteen times, which isn’t horrible, for 23 Portland points, which is.
Game 3 is Friday in Oklahoma City, and if the Thunder aren’t exactly under the gun, you can see a very large grey mass floating over them, in the manner of Al Capp’s Joe Btfsplk. So far, it’s just rain. But if the Blazers can take Game 3, forget the cloud and Joe Btfsplk; it becomes the anvil and Wile E. Coyote.