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Russell Westbrook just checked out and headed straight for the locker room. Looked like a hand issue.
Westbrook just subbed himself out and appears to have some sort of arm injury. He walked straight to the tunnel.
That looked like a much quicker wind up and release on the jumper from Nick Collison. No deep squat motion. Just flicked it.
Leading scorers in this Thunder-Clippers game right now: Perry Jones (9), Serge Ibaka (8), Andre Roberson and Matt Barnes (7). As expected.
Look at this flex motion offense the Thunder are running. Lots of good movement off the ball.
Who's going to tell Telfair to stop shooting 3s? Anybody? Anybody???
The Thunder extended its lead from three to six in the final 6:32 of the first quarter with Westbrook on the bench.
Thunder lead 28-22 after a quarter despite just five minutes and two points from Westbrook (two fouls).
Russell Westbrook left with two fouls and the Thunder up 14-11. OKC ends first quarter up 28-22. That's big.
Sixteen combined first quarter points for Serge Ibaka and Perry Jones. The two only combined for 13 all night at Portland.
Chris Douglas-Roberts looks like someone was trying to be funny with their MyPlayer.
Not feeling the utility defender's defense.
Andre Roberson still can't shoot, but he's improved greatly at putting the ball on the floor and slashing at the rim.
Two early Russell Westbrook fouls. Sebastian Telfair v Chris Paul doesn't sound ideal for OKC.
Russell Westbrook has a severe case of the fall downs tonight.
Thunder start on an 8-0 run on 4-4 shooting. Do they have to keep playing?
It's early, but a lotttttt more energy from Perry Jones tonight.
So, how soon until LeBron bumps into David Blatt?
Fergie is singing the national anthem. And she can sing. Who knew?
Westbrook on the philosophy for his playing time "I'm OK with that. It's not about one game. It's not about two games. It's about a career."
Westbrook on his minutes against Portland: "I understand. Me and Scotty's on the same page. That's all that matters."
Scott Brooks on Russell Westbrook's minutes: "I have to be smart. It's a long season."
Most surprising stat of the night is OKC allowed 96.2 pts/100 with Perry Jones on, 143.7 with him off. No one else had a DRtg lower than 107
Last season, Westbrook had the ball in his hands an average of 6.5 minutes per game. Last night in just 33 minutes he had it 8.2 minutes.
Westbrook's usage rate? Just a standard 48.5 percent.
The Thunder scored just 65.1 points per 100 possessions last night without Westbrook on the court in 15 minutes, 109.0 with him on in 33.
Thunder 12-point underdogs at the Clippers tonight. First time I can remember them being double-digit dogs since inaugural season in OKC.
Blazers beat OKC 106-89. Westbrook with 38 on 25 shots, Lance Thomas with 14, Ibaka 10. Blazers outscored the Thunder 31-12 in the fourth.
Blazers drop the Thunder 106-89. Russell Westbrook was great -- 38 points, 6 assists -- but didn't get much help.
Westbrook took 25 more shots than Durant tonight smh
Brb, Scott Brooks just asked me to jump in and play these last 90 seconds of garbage time.
Westbrook checks out, probably done for the night: 38 points on 11-25 shooting, six assists, three steals.
Blazers outscoring the Thunder 26-8 in the fourth quarter, lead up to 16. It's ovaaaaaah.
Fourth quarter thus far: Blazers 26, Thunder 8. Done ran out of gas.
If anything, I think Scott Brooks' biggest mistake is not playing Kevin Durant a single minute tonight. I mean, what's he thinking?
Eight combined turnovers from Serge Ibaka and Steven Adams. Rough night for the Thunder frontline.
What has everyone spent the last six years praising Gregg Popovich for? Managing minutes throughout the course of the regular season.
So many tunnel vision Thunder fans out there acting like game is SO IMPORTANT. You can't play Westbrook 44 minutes every night for a month.
This is a great spot for the Thunder to be in, if anything to just get a feel for important crunchtime possessions.
Westbrook coming back with 8:40 left.
Here comes Westbrook.
I assume Brooks is letting Westbrook get one more breather doing the next media timeout. If that's what he's doing, it's a smart move.
I kinda like Lance Thomas' game. Wouldn't be surprised if, even when others return, he remains on the roster.
Scott Brooks is doing the wise thing letting Westbrook sit. Another game tomorrow, plus this is game one of 82. Long season ahead.
After three, Thunder lead 77-75 in Portland. Westbrook with 36 on 10-20 shooting with six assists. Rest of the Thunder: 41 points on 17-37.
Getting outta here with Westbrook dominating but still playing just 36-37 minutes on the first night of a back-to-back is a major victory.
Solid job to end the third by a depleted second unit. OKC up 77-75 heading to the fourth. Westbrook should be back soon.
Westbrook has played only 27 minutes tonight. If he can steal two or three minutes at the start of the fourth, it'll be huge.
The Blazers are really good at beating up on the Thunder's third string.
Danger lineup in a close game for OKC: Telfair, Jones, Thomas, Collison, Perk
Perry Jones' defense has been some kind of horrific tonight. Lost off the ball constantly, equally bad on it.
Fatigue could start to become an issue for the Thunder the rest the way. Starting to drag just a bit.
Don't think it's the best idea here to start running plays for the guy who was 0-for-3 through 2 1/2 quarters.
Only thing that looks better than Russell Westbrook tonight is Nick Collison's hair.
Westbrook has 36 points. Westbrook's teammates have combined for 35 points.
Russell Westbrook's 33 points the most of any player in the NBA's first two nights. Still 18 minutes left.
Westbrook up to 33 points with six minutes left in the third. His career-high is 45.
Lance Thomas a better option than Perry Jones right now. May have seen the last of PJ3 tonight.
I forget Perry Jones is playing all the time.
By the way, what a great outlet pass by Nick Collison on that end-of-half Westbrook slam. Kevin Love-esque.
Dudes in OKC gonna be rolling to the YMCA tomorrow like... http://t.co/5RobrBGzpY
Thunder up 54-49 on Portland at half. -Westbrook: 26 points, 5 assists, 7/13 FG -Lillard: 0 points, 2 assists, 0/5 FG
Thunder lead Portland 54-49 at the half. Westbrook 26 and 5 assists, Thomas 10, Ibaka 7. Thunder shooting 50 percent.
Blazers coach Terry Stotts before the game: "There’s not a better competitor in the league than Russell Westbrook."
Westbrook's first half: 26 points on 7-13 shooting, five assists. An Damian Lillard has zero points on 0-5 shooting.
Thunder 54, Blazers 49 at halftime. Westbrook's got 26 points on 7-for-13 shooting and five assists. He's 12-for-13 at the line.
Westbrook's playing well and all, but he's still taken six more shots than Lance Thomas.
Russell Westbrook: 22 points, 5 assists, 0 turnovers. 5/11 FG, 12/13 FT. Game is still in the first half.
Russ is running this game.
Westbrook is 12-for-13 from the foul line. The Blazers are 11-for-14 from the foul line.
Rough half from the Thunder's starting frontline. Adams with more turnovers than points. Ibaka getting worked by Aldridge. Both with 3 fouls
Westbrook is straight up working Lillard: 20 points on 5-10 shooting, four assists, to zero points on 0-4 with two assists.
Westbrook is 10-for-11 from the foul line in the first half.
Westbrook has that uncanny ability to always take a desperation 3 when there's still like four seconds on the shot clock.
Lillard moved over to Roberson.
Matthews now on Westbrook.
Star point guard matchup one-sided in this first half -Russell Westbrook: 15 pts, 3 asts, 0 TOs -Damian Lillard: 0 pts, 2 asts, 1 TO
Thunder are actually executing really well, but are giving the Blazers way too many second chances (nine offensive rebounds already).