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Moda Center at the Rose Quarter, Portland, Oregon Attendance: 20,241
Trail Blazers aim to close out Thunder
Oklahoma City Thunder at Portland Trail Blazers
- The Trail Blazers have never lost at home when leading a series 3-1, most recently beating the Jazz, 81-79, in the 2000 Western Conference Semifinals in 2000 (3-0 overall). The Thunder franchise (includes SuperSonics) has never turned a 3-1 deficit into a series win but did take Game 5 from the Jazz last year in this situation.
- Portland lost at home to Oklahoma City twice in the regular season, allowing an average of 120.0 points. In their two postseason home wins over the Thunder, the Trail Blazers have allowed 96.5 points per game.
- The Thunder have committed at least 14 turnovers in each of their four playoff games. The last team with a longer streak in a single postseason was the 2015-16 Houston Rockets, who did so in all five game of their first-round series loss to the Golden State Warriors.
- The Trail Blazers have shot over 40.0 percent from three in each of their wins over the Thunder this postseason. Portland went 23-4 (.852) when shooting 40.0 percent or better from three in the regular season, the fifth-best record in such games in the NBA.
- Russell Westbrook went 5-of-21 (.238) from the field and 2-for-7 (.286) from three in his team's Game 4 loss. Westbrook's career postseason shooting splits are 44.3/36.5 in wins and 38.0/25.3 in losses. He averages 3.8 three-point attempts in wins and 5.7 in losses.
- Damian Lillard scored 24 points and went 4-for-8 from three in his team's Game 4 win. He and teammate CJ McCollum have both scored at least 20 points with at least three made threes in all four games this postseason. Only three duos have ever had more such games in a single postseason (2016 -- Curry & Thompson -- 8 games, 2015 -- Curry & Thompson -- 7 games, 2017 -- Curry & Durant, 5 games).
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The Portland Trail Blazers are known as an offensive team, but their defense has been equally important as they have built a 3-1 lead in their first-round playoff series with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Thunder have been held under 100 points in each of their three losses. They shot only 37.5 percent in Sunday's 111-98 home loss.
"We need one more game like that," Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts said as he looked ahead to Tuesday night's Game 5 in Portland.
The Thunder are looking at the possibility of a third straight first-round playoff ouster.
"We're down 3-1," Coach Billy Donovan said. "All we can do now is watch the (video), try to make some corrections and adjustments and get ready for Game 5. I mean, that's really all we can do."
There were plenty of extracurricular activities during Oklahoma City's Game 3 win, but the Blazers were determined not to get caught up in it in Game 4.
"We weren't emotional about it -- we were just competing," said Damian Lillard, who scored 24 points in Game 4 and is averaging 28.8 points in the series. "We were passionate about the game as well (as the Thunder), but we didn't engage in it. Our focus was our team.
"We're not going to go crazy on the referees, get into shouting matches (with the Thunder). We're going to focus on the things we need to do to win the game. I was proud our team stuck with that."
Stotts said he expects that to be the case Tuesday night as well.
"It's good to be going home and having a chance to close them out," he said, "but our demeanor, our approach isn't going to change in Game 5."
Oklahoma City forward Paul George is averaging 26.8 points and 8.5 rebounds in the series but is shooting only 37 percent from the field and 30.8 from 3-point range. Guard Russell Westbrook is averaging 21.3 points, 9.8 assists and 8.3 rebounds but is shooting 36.3 percent from the field and 30.4 from the 3-point line.
The Thunder are shooting 41.3 from the field and 30.8 on 3-point attempts in the series. The Trail Blazers' numbers are 44.1 from the field and an excellent 41.5 from beyond the arc.
What's the solution for the Thunder in Game 5?
"Score more points," George said. "Honestly, that's what we have to do. Defensively, we're going to be locked in. We'll get in the flow. We'll get in the rhythm. The ball will find its way to the hole. We just have to get better.
"Regardless of what the series is, it's always one game at a time. We have to play one game. Give everything in one game, and go to the next. We're down 3-1, but we have to take it one game at a time."
Stotts expects a strong performance by the Thunder on Tuesday night.
"They're pros," he said. "I expect a great effort from them. You lose a game on your homecourt, you're going to be dejected. But I would expect them to bounce back in Game 5."
--Field Level Media
Updated April 22, 2019