Everything you need to know from pregame as Trail Blazers prep for OKC Thunder

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Before tonight's game both Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts and Thunder head coach Billy Donovan addressed the media.
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Everything you need to know from pregame as Trail Blazers prep for OKC Thunder originally appeared on nbcsportsnorthwest.com

Tonight marks the fourth and final meeting between the Blazers and Thunder this season. It will probably feel like a postseason game inside of Moda Center with playoff implications on the line. The Blazers and Thunder enter tonight's game in a three-way tie with the Rockets for third place in the West.

Before tonight's game both Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts and Thunder head coach Billy Donovan addressed the media. 

A big reason for Portland's road trip success was different players stepping up and the addition of backup center Enes Kanter. Coach Stotts has been pleased wit Kanter's productivity: 

"He's been very effective on the block… And, throughout his career he has been a consistent rebounder at both ends," Stotts said.
Coach Stotts also had a lot to say about this matchup vs. OKC:
"Tonight obviously is a two-game swing with a team that were in a race with… They've got the tiebreaker with us. I'm sure they've had this game circled. We've had it circled too," Stotts said.
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Thunder Injury Update: Andre Roberson (left patellar tendon) is out. Coach Donovan discussed how Roberson has had several setbacks with the injury this season, but the Thunder are optimistic he could return this season.

With 18 games remaining on the schedule for OKC, Coach Donovan is focusing on making sure his team is "playing good basketball" down the stretch of the season and focusing on where they have "slippage" in their game to improve in those areas.
Hear from coach Donovan right here:

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