Here’s all you really need to know about tonight.
1) Damian Lillard just put on a shooting show for the ages.
2) Paul George did his best to match him, and Russell Westbrook fought through his shooting struggles to actually give the Thunder a late double-digit lead after squandering another 1st half lead.
3) The Thunder fought to go up 10 on the road with 5:31 remaining. From that point on, the Blazers outscored them 20-7, hitting 7 of 10 shots along the way. And if you’re like me, as Portland inched closer as time began to run out, you likely got that creeping feeling in your stomach that this game would end badly.
4) And then Lillard, who finished with 50 points, did this.
DAMIAN LILLARD JUST DID THAT. SERIES OVER. pic.twitter.com/x2nGGqQs8X— Kyle Boone (@Kyle__Boone) April 24, 2019
OKC had to win. They should have won. And yet they didn’t. That is your Thunder 2018-19 season in a nutshell.
If you had to guess what would be the most painful yet appropriate way for the Thunder to end this season...yeah, that’s probably it.
Thanks for joining WTLC for the regular season and playoff ride, folks. I have to say, I’m kind of relieved. Now it’s time to sleep.