Kanter offered 19 points (9-14 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT), five rebounds and one assist across 29 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 120-108 loss to the Thunder in Game 3 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series Friday. Despite dealing with a bruised hand, Kanter was as sharp as usual shooting, putting together a strong offensive performance for the second time in the series' first three games. The veteran big man's rebounds were significantly down, however, as Steven Adams got the better of him on that end of things. Kanter also dealt with foul trouble for the second straight contest, although he still logged nine more minutes than in Game 2. He'll look to bounce back in Game 4 on Sunday as the Trail Blazers look to regain momentum before the series heads back to Portland.
Kanter suffered a right hand bruise in Tuesday's Game 2 against the Thunder but is not listed on the injury report for Friday's Game 3. Kanter already played through the injury in Game 2, as according to Jason Quick of The Athletic, the big man suffered the injury in the first half. Kanter has reiterated that he will be ready to play in Game 3, so expect him to be a full go Friday.
Kanter amassed 20 points (8-15 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-6 FT), 18 rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and one steal in 34 minutes during Sunday's 104-99 Game 1 win over the Thunder. Kanter cooked his former team in the series opener, dominating Steven Adams on the interior. The Thunder will continue trying to exploit Kanter defensively, but since Jusuf Nurkic (lower leg) was lost for the season the Trail Blazers don't really have anyone else (besides Kanter) who can match the physicality that Adams brings.
Kanter will come off the bench for Wednesday's game against Sacramento, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports. Kanter will be replaced in the starting lineup by Meyers Leonard. The move's likely in order to grant the Turkish center some rest prior to the Blazer's first-round playoff series.
Kanter furnished 22 points (8-13 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 5-6 FT), 16 rebounds, two assists and one steal across 37 minutes in the Trail Blazers' 104-101 win over the Lakers on Tuesday. Kanter continues to do his best Jusuf Nurkic impersonation in the wake of the latter's season-ending leg injury, and arguably, he's brought more consistent offense than the sidelined big man. Kanter now has tallies of 20 points or more in five of the last six games while also double-doubling in each of those contests. The 26-year-old already looks exceedingly comfortable as an excellent complement to the efforts of the backcourt duo of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, and he should continue to exhibit elevated usage throughout the postseason.
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