Despite LaMarcus Aldridge putting in an inefficient shift (sub 80 offensive rating) and Nicolas Batum basically no-showing, the Blazers had a respectable offensive performance. They shot well and took care of the ball in general. Crawford, Felton and Matthews shouldered most of the load, in contrast to how it’s gone the rest of the season.
This game was lost on the defensive end, where Oklahoma City got whatever it wanted. The ball movement came easy against the newly atrocious Blazer defense. The normally iso-oriented Thunder tallied 24 assists on 41 field goals. Beyond that, they simply nailed their 3s led by Thabo Sefalosha and Kevin Durant nailing a combined 7/8 from downtown.
But with the way the Blazers were playing defense, it somehow felt like it wouldn’t have mattered had OKC had an off night. They would have simply decided to get to the line and pad that bloated free throw rate even more. At this point the Thunder simply have too much firepower to lose to Portland unless everything goes right for the Blazers and OKC has an extreme off night.