The OKC Thunder were able to take care of business against the Portland Trail Blazers on the second night of a back-to-back. While the Trail Blazers are not a good basketball team and have made their intentions clear on what direction they are taking this season, this was still an impressive win.
The Oklahoma City Thunder were on the second leg of a road-road back-to-back, following an emotional game less than 24 hours ago to beat the Golden State Warriors in overtime. Facing a lousy team on getaway day is often a receipt for a trap game or “A scheduled loss,” as it is commonly referred to in the NBA.
The OKC Thunder proved to be legit in a blowout win over the Portland Trail Blazers, taking care of business on the road trip.
Oklahoma City went perfect on the road, beating the Warriors twice and keeping the lowly Blazers down all in four days. Even while missing Jalen Williams, the OKC Thunder did not miss a beat. They stomped out the Blazers 134-94 in Portland.
11 Thunder players made a three-pointer. OKC was historically efficient, going for 60 percent shooting from the floor, 61 percent from three-point land, and perfect at the charity stripe. To keep up, that shooting clip is even more impressive when you factor in the over 12 minutes of garbage time in this tilt.
With a schedule that has rarely let the Thunder have a chance to catch their breath, Oklahoma City Thunder had the benefit of playing each member of their starting five, playing no more than 22 minutes in this game.
What are the three biggest takeaways from this blowout when over Portland? Let’s dive into it.