The Trail Blazers may have a 2-0 series lead over the Thunder, but Damian Lillard knows they have to perform on the road if they want to progress in the NBA playoffs.
A 114-94 victory Tuesday at Moda Center backed up the Game 1 win in Portland, with Lillard contributing 29 points, four rebounds and six assists.
Only CJ McCollum had better stats for Portland as the Western Conference’s No. 3 seed gained the momentum in their first-round series.
However, Lillard called for caution given that they have not made it through to the conference semifinals since 2016.
“I’ve had experience of being 2-0 before,” he told reporters. “I’m happy about it but I really don’t care.
“I know how quickly things can change. I know that a series doesn’t start until you win a game on the road. And I also know how capable their team is.
“We’ve just got to maintain our focus, stay sharp and understand that how we’ve played in the first game and second game is not going to be good enough in the third game, especially on their home floor.
“We’ve just got to keep our heads down and keep working.”
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Portland is unbeaten in its last five games after finishing the regular season on a roll, and Lillard credited the work done in practice for their impressive run.
“It’s the preparation,” he added. “When you’re in the right place and doing the right things that you prepare for, a lot of times the ball ends up in your hands.
“We’ve been really sharp in our preparation and in going out there and executing it.
“We’ve been sharp and a lot of things have come for us in a positive way because of that.”
Games 3 and 4 are scheduled for Friday and Sunday in Oklahoma City.