Thunder's George active for Game 1 vs. Blazers

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George is day-to-day with right shoulder soreness

In the pregame warm-up, which determined his status for Game 1, George - wearing black kinesiology tape on his right shoulders - was splashing 3-pointers and mid-range shots.

It was the first postseason meeting between the teams since the Thunder moved from Seattle to Oklahoma City. Adams led the way with 13 points in the first half, Westbrook added 10-8-7, and the Thunder were within striking distance despite George's 9 points on 3-of-14 from the field. Portland led 39-24 after one, shooting 60 percent from the floor to overwhelm the Thunder in the early going. After all, they match up well again them, as evidenced by the fact that they beat them in each of the four regular season meetings.

George hit the game-winning 3-pointer against Houston on the next-to-last game of the regular season Tuesday, but he aggravated a previous injury during the game and did not play in the regular-season finale Wednesday at Milwaukee.

George missed the Thunder' regular-season finale Wednesday at Milwaukee because of the nagging injury, which also kept him out of games on February 28, March 2 and March 3.

The teams went back and forth in the third quarter - Portland pushing their lead back to double-digits, the Thunder responding with a charge to draw closer.

On Feb. 7, just hours after the National Basketball Association trade deadline, the New York Knicks released Kanter.

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Seth Curry made consecutive 3-pointers but the Thunder rallied in the final six minutes of the half to trail by just 54-48 at the break. Terrance Ferguson and McCollum had a heated exchange in the second quarter, earning technical fouls.

The Thunder's only lead was in the opening quarter.

Trail Blazers: Blazers coach Terry Stotts concluded his pregame talk with the media by saying. Past year as a No. 3 seed Portland got swept by the New Orleans Pelicans.

Speaking to reporters after the game, Kanter recalled his stint with the New York Knicks and his lack of playing time. "He maintained a high level of play for a long period of time".

On Sunday at Toyota Center, the Rockets will host Utah in Game 1 of this first-round series.

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