The Oklahoma City Thunder (49-33; 1-2) battled to earn their first win against the Portland Trail Blazers (53-29; 2-1) in their Western Conference First Round series on Friday night. With the Trail Blazers still leading 2-1, Game 4 takes place from Chesapeake Energy Arena on Sunday night.
The game is scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m. ET and will be televised on TNT. If you want to watch a live stream of the game, you can do so via one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
TNT is one of 85-plus live TV channels included in the main FuboTV bundle, which is largely tailored towards sports.
You can start a free 7-day trial of FuboTV right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast or other supported device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of cloud DVR space, as well as a 72-hour look-back feature, which allows you to watch the game (and other programs) on-demand within three days of its conclusion, even if you don’t record it.
In addition to a Netflix-like on-demand streaming library, Hulu also offers a bundle of 60-plus live TV channels, including TNT.
You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Echo Show, or other streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch live, Hulu With Live TV comes with 50 hours of cloud DVR space, as well as the option to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of space and the ability to fast-forward through commercials.
PS Vue–which doesn’t require an actual PlayStation console to sign up or watch–offers four different live-TV channel packages, all of which include TNT.
You can start a free 5-day trial of PS Vue right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the PS Vue website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, PlayStation (3 or 4), or other supported device via the PS Vue app.
If you can’t watch live, PS Vue comes with cloud DVR.
Blazers vs Thunder Game 4 Preview
After losing the four regular-season meetings, the Trail Blazers quickly jumped out to a 2-0 series lead on the backs of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. Those two once again kept Portland alive and well for the better part of Game 3 — Lillard with a team-high 32 points and McCollum with 21 points — but it wasn’t enough as Oklahoma City put the bow on its first victory of the First Round. Only one other Trail Blazer finished Game 3 scoring in double-figures: Enes Kanter, who had 19 points in 29 minutes.
Russell Westbrook, who scored only 14 points in Game 2, despite playing much more reeled in and smartly in the first two games, led the way for the Thunder in Game 3 with a game-high 33 points, while adding 111 assists for a double-double. Westbrook’s emotions once again showed on the court, but he was able to remain level-headed down the stretch in the 120-108 win.
Paul George has’t looked totally like his usual self this series, but still managed 22 points, despite shooting 3-of-16 from the floor (14-of-17 from the free-throw line). Oklahoma City also received important secondary efforts from Jerami Grant (18 points) and backup Dennis Schroder (17 points).
Steven Adams scored 10 points in Game 3. All five of Adams’ field goals in Game 3 were assisted by Westbrook. Four of Grant’s field goals were assisted by Westbrook as well. Adams told reporters after the game how much the Thunder believe in their star player.
“Russ knows exactly what he’s doing, whether it’s giving me confidence early in the game or just finding me. Russ does a great job of controlling the tempo, controlling the team.”
Thunder head coach Billy Donovan received a better shooting performance from his team in Game 3. Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts saw his team get away from a few things that benefited them in Game 1 and Game 2, including allowing players like Grant to feast more easily — thanks to Westbrook.
“We don’t want to give wide-open looks, and I thought Grant had some wide-open looks. So we have to do a better job of rotating or at least contesting them.”
Like the Thunder in Game 3, the Trail Blazers secondary scorers need to come alive again in order to steal a road game and earn the opportunity to close out the series in Portland.
At some point in this series it is entirely possible that Westbrook, Thunder teammates, and/or Lillard and Trail Blazers teammates go to blows. The tension is palpable, and several words, a few rather unpleasantry, were exchanged on Friday night. For now, “hopefully” everybody can play with much cooler heads heading into a pivotal Game 4 in Oklahoma City.
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