The Thunder have the players to overturn their 2-0 deficit against the Trail Blazers, Russell Westbrook say.
Russell Westbrook remains confident the Thunder can reach to the Western Conference semifinals despite falling behind 2-0 to the Trail Blazers in the first-round series.
After losing Game 1 by five points, the Thunder lost by 20, 114-94, on Tuesday as Portland started the first-round series with back-to-back home wins.
Westbrook isn’t concerned, though, particularly with Oklahoma City hosting the next two games later this week.
“They won their first two home games. We obviously wanted to try to steal one when we can but the message is just stay with it,” said the eight-time All-Star point guard.
“[We have] a lot of great guys on this basketball team that I trust in to make shots and make plays on both sides of the basketball.
“We’ll be all right.”
— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) April 17, 2019
For Thunder coach Billy Donovan a poor third quarter from his team was key to their loss Tuesday at Moda Center — the Blazers having outscored Oklahoma City, 37-21.
“Our defense labored and obviously [Portland] putting the ball on the floor and attacking us [hurt us],” Donovan said.
“After the third quarter, we were playing uphill to get back into the game and I thought the difference in the game was that third quarter.
“I felt like we didn’t move the ball as well as we needed to in the third quarter in terms of generating penetration, finding the open man and moving it when they were bringing help.”