Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony could play against Cavaliers

Faith Castro
February 15, 2018

Photo from local10.comThe Oklahoma City Thunder were able to capture the first game of the NBA Finals in their first Finals appearance since the '90s as the Seattle Supersonics. The Oklahoma City Thunder are -1 over the Cleveland Cavaliers assuming Russell Westbrook plays for the home team.

Meanwhile, the Thunder are hoping to have stars Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony back for Tuesday's contest. The Thunder had a better free throw rate (0.196 vs. 0.114) and had a better turnover percentage (8.6 vs. 12.0). It was amusing. I called Sam after that and said, 'That was to my buddies, that wasn't to you guys.' He laughed about it.

Durant got much help from his team in this victory.

Donovan said he hasn't had conversations with Westbrook, Anthony or the medical staff about their availability for Tuesday.

Both teams have had a player step their game up over their last five games. He shot a 45.0% field goal percentage, making 9-of-20 (4/7 from the line, 2/5 from three-point range). They had lost five of six and were falling in the Western Conference standings. Thunder coach Billy Donovan made the announcements during his pregame media session. Adams scored just nine points, but the 7-footer's presence created problems.

"They can't shoot. Those guys can't shoot". Paul is at a place where he has a chance to compete at the highest level against some of the best teams and for us we hit a little bit of the reset button, but Victor (Oladipo) has been at the very least super special for us and somebody we can really build around.

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But using Abrines against the Grizzlies, a team which had missed lead guard Tyreke Evans for the games preceding Sunday's, wasn't just about the starters. The Miami Heat dominated early on and kept Oklahoma City behind until the third quarter. A lob from Felton for a dunk by rookie Terrance Ferguson pushed Oklahoma City's edge to 102-80. G Mario Chalmers was issued a technical in the first quarter. F Dillon Brooks was called for a Flagrant 1 for elbowing Thunder G Josh Huestis in the second quarter.

Kevin Durant and the Thunder draw first blood on Lebron James and the Heat.

The Cavs will continue to start 22-year-old forward Cedi Osman, who blossomed during his first two outings in the starting unit.

On Jan. 27, Thunder were dealt with a series blow when ace defender Andre Roberson suffered a season-ending injury.

While posting his 10th game with at least 30 points, George also contributed eight assists and three steals. He was a possible starter before the Thunder traded for Anthony right before the preseason. Paul George - 36 points.

Grizzlies: Host the Thunder on Wednesday night.

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