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Blazers vs. Thunder Game 5 Poll: Bench Redemption

Game 5’s poll turns looks to the Blazers’ reserves and their hopes for a breakout performance.

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The Trail Blazers will attempt to close out their opening round series against the Thunder when the two teams take to the court in Portland on Tuesday. Sunday’s game featured dynamic performances from both CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard, but their efforts shouldn’t completely overshadow a strong outing from reserve big man Zach Collins. With the bench players in mind, today’s poll focuses on the Portland’s unheralded cast members.

The outcomes from four games only border on a trend, but that shouldn’t take away from the fun of predicting how the action in Game 5 might play out. Of the options listed below, which result is most likely to repeat on Sunday?

Bench Bigs

Meyers Leonard and Collins have shifted the on-court momentum on a handful of occasions through the first four games. With Enes Kanter banged up from a fall in the second quarter of Game 2, Leonard provided a much-needed boost off the bench. In the Blazers’ bounce-back Game 4, it was Collins who provided a spark with 10 points in 16 minutes of work. We’ll keep it simple, which big fella will have the higher point total in Game 5?

Turner Gets Rolling

To say the 2019 NBA Playoffs have been ugly for Evan Turner would be an understatement. Through four games, Turner has more turnovers (5) than points (2). His playing time dwindled to single-digits in both Game 3 and Game 4, but that could all change when the Blazers return home. For Game 5’s poll we will set the bar at a 2:1 points to turnover ratio for Turner.

Curry From Beyond the Arc

After going 5-7 on his three-point attempts in Portland, Seth Curry didn’t register a single attempt from distance in Oklahoma City. Will he return to his sharp-shooting ways on Tuesday? We set the line at two three-pointers.

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Most likely outcome for Game 5?

This poll is closed

  • 19%
    Collins finishes with more points than Leonard
    (249 votes)
  • 5%
    Leonard finishes with more points than Collins
    (68 votes)
  • 7%
    Turner records a points to turnover ratio better than 2:1
    (94 votes)
  • 67%
    Curry finishes with two or more 3-pointers
    (848 votes)
1259 votes total Vote Now