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Westbrook ready to check back in.
Blazers bench makes a 6-0 run against a Thunder unit that just ran a set to get Nick Collison an open look. 35-34, 10:09 2Q.
Blazers grab a 35-34 lead, because: Chris Kaman.
Kaman and Lopez in together. Twitter, give us a nickname for this front court.
That's what the Twin Towers can do -- keep the ball alive until they draw a hack on a put-back
Ruh roh for the Blazers. 13 of 19 OKC 1st quarter attempts at the rim. http://t.co/v4eHP7POmi
Sebastian Telfair, Steve Blake. Wow, this is like '05 training camp. Where's Charles Smith and Sergei Monia?
Lance Thomas averaging 40 points per 36 minutes this season. Tracking towards a perfect 100 FG% too. KD's efficiency marks in real jeopardy
End of 1: Thunder 34, Blazers 29. Aldridge has 15. Lance Thomas off the bench with 10 for OKC. Not a good qtr on D for the Blazers.
Interesting: Stotts goes with a 10-man rotation in the first quarter. D. Right the 10th man.
10 points for Lance Thomas. 14 for LaMarcus Aldridge. Classic match-up.
And Dorell Wright up off the bench for Batum.
Lance Thomas is really out there outscoring the Blazers bench single-handedl.
Bruce Bochy is a dance with the one who brung ya guy.
Cy Young won the Mad Bum Award once, I think.
Sebastian Telfair BACK
Steve Blake receives a nice ovation from Moda Center crowd when he checks into the game with 3:20 left in the 1st Q.
And a warm welcome for Steve Blake in his return, again.
Unless you're a Giants fan, seems almost unfair they can roll Bumgarner out there again
Freeland, Blake, CJ coming in for the Blazers.
Westbrook hits it and looks over to his own bench to enjoy his last make. 9 points, 3 assists early.
OKC has attempted 14 shots - and Westbrook has 7 of them. He's gotta break a personal record tonight.
When's the last time Chris Kaman played with this much good spacing? Ever?
Thunder took five minutes to run up 18 points. Not the defensive start Terry Stotts was looking for
The Oklahoma City Jump Passes
OKC has made 6 of 9 shots to open the game.
Tough start for Dame: Westbrook is eating him up on the offensive end and Dame has missed both of his FGs so far.
Westbrook isn't just scoring either. He's getting easy looks for his guys, Ibaka in particular.
Chris Kaman makes an early appearance for Rolo, who picks up second foul with 9:24 left in 1st Q.
Nice welcome from the home crowd for Chris Kaman as he checks in.
The way Westbrook has started in the post makes me think Stotts will go to Matthews on Westbrook rather than Batum.
Madison Bumgarner’s last 154 pitches… 103 have been strikes.
So, about LA shooting more threes this season...
LaMarcus Aldridge with his first 3 attempt and make of the season.
Just like we were talking about on CSN pre-game: Aldridge is going to be bombing 3-pointers all season
OKC and Russell Westbrook are going right at Dame early. A post up and backdoor cut lead to 2 quick buckets.
Russell Westbrook wasted no time showing his athleticism on the first offensive possession of game. Offensive board and put-back. Impressive
Interesting call to start for the Thunder. Westbrook in the post on Lillard.
Madison Bumgarner vs. Royce Freeman in an adventure race… who wins?
Young Steven Adams already getting booed. Blazers fans already know.
Thunder at Blazers, Moda Center http://t.co/gmS1XPIUNz
Nobody conducts a symphony like the great Bill Schonely
*EMOTIONAL MONTAGE INTRO*
Thunder have picked up ex-Blazer Sebastian Telfair, who is still only 29. Played in China last year. He'll back up Russell Westbrook tonight
Man I hope this Michael Kidd Gilchrist shooting is for real
Charlotte Hornet's Basketball court looks fantastic
Terry Stotts plans to start with Damian Lillard on Russell Westbrook. Also: Meyers and Claver are inactive. Allen Crabbe is active.
Game 1 http://t.co/cIChBlT3gY
If Aldridge averages the 23.3 ppg he did last ssn, he would pass Terry Porter for No. 2 on Dec. 4 vs. Indy, which has Nate McMillan on staff
Brooks on Durant's absence: "We're talking the best scorer on the planet. All five guys have to move and find somebody a good shot."
Scotty Brooks on OKC acquisition Sebastian Telfair: "A good pickup for us. He's been around a lot of basketball. He'll give us a presence."
I think Bruce Bochy is saying that Madison Bumgarner can give him two good innings, if needed. I’m hoping Tim Hudson will, too.
Tonight when Bret Saberhagen throws out the first pitch, Vince Coleman should run up there and lay down a drag bunt… just for old times.