The Oklahoma City Thunder came into Friday night’s home game with the Portland Trail Blazers down 2-0 in the first round of the NBA Playoffs knowing that they had to have a win. And they got in the end, riding Russell Westbrook to a 120-108 victory. Westbrook had previously said his play in Game 2, a game in which he nearly had a triple-double, wasn’t good enough and he went out and put up 33 points in response, one more than opposing point guard Damian Lillard did in their chippy duel. The win keeps OKC in the series, for now at least, and means they still have a chance to get a major monkey off of their backs regarding the playoffs.
The Boston Celtics are nearly into the second round after they took a 3-0 series lead against the Indiana Pacers after a 104-96 win in Indy. Jaylen Brown had 23 points, on 8-9 shooting from the floor, while Kyrie Irving added 19 of his own for the Celtics. The Pacers, through three games now, have yet to break 100 points in the series. You just have to think this would be totally different with Victor Oladipo out there… But he’s not, and they are now on the brink of elimination.