Blazers Advance After Defeating Thunder

NBA Playoffs Oklahoma City Thunder at Portland Trail Blazers

Russell Westbrook's drive to rim on Oklahoma City's next possession produced a missed shot and Portland passed on calling a timeout.

The Portland Trail Blazers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder on a step-back 37-foot Lillard three-pointer and the National Basketball Association world is still pretty shook after the game-winner.

After a drama-filled and disappointing season for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Russell Westbrook remains as defiant as ever.

Westbrook does a lot of things on the court very well. He's heard the noise. That's getting squashed out. Now the conversation is about shooting.

To his credit, he would be much better off with shooters situated around him. After that it'll probably be, f--, my left foot is bigger than my right one.

The eight-time All-Star has averaged a triple-double in each of the last three seasons.

While Kanter wasn't exactly optimistic about the status of his shoulder injury, one got the sense that, assuming team doctors and trainers sign off, he plans on playing come Game 1 Monday night.

"That's a bad, bad shot", George said postgame. He sank 39.2 percent of his shots from 30 to 40 feet this season.

He's also got a point about how he does so much during the game it's easy to pick at. In Game 1 against the Thunder, he had 20 points and 18 rebounds and was dubbed the game's MVP by teammate Damian Lillard.

He actually upped his 3-point volume against Portland, averaging 6.8 attempts per game.

The result of the series reflected his ineffectiveness. He shot just 36% from the field and 32.4% from 3-point range as Oklahoma City was eliminated in five games. "I don't care what anybody says". "Because it doesn't really matter". And I truly believe that. "But I know for a fact that nobody can". "If anything, it was bad defense, because I had the ball in my hands with two seconds, and I wasn't going to drive, so maybe he should've just bodied up". I'm just blessed to wake up every day and enjoy my life.

It's great for Westbrook that he has life perspective. You leave everything in one game and go to the next one.

It'll be interesting to see how he bounces back next season.

In the months following Durant's departure, Westbrook famously posted a video of himself on Instagram singing along to Lil Uzi Vert's lyrics, "now I do what I want".

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