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Trail Blazers at Thunder
→When: 7 tonight →Where: Ford Center →TV: Fox Sports Oklahoma (Cox 37) →Radio: WWLS-FM 98.1, WWLS-AM 640 Three things to know
→Portland is in fourth place in the Western Conference standings. →The Blazers allow just 94.8 points per game, the eighth fewest in the league. →The Thunder leads the league in turnovers with 16.7 per game. Probable starters
Did Pritchard get the shot off in time?
In his final high school game at Tulsa Edison, Pritchard drained a 25-foot shot at the buzzer in the 1986 Class 4A state title game. Official Terry Scott waved it off. Douglass won 56-55 to capture the state title. "(Scott) told me (a couple of years later), ‘If I had to it to do over I’d give it to you just because it was a heck of a shot,’” Pritchard said. "(On film) it’s really close. Too close to know whether I got it off in time.” Now Portland’s general manager, Pritchard won’t make this trip to Oklahoma but hopes to be in the Ford Center for the April 3 rematch. "I’m a big Sooners fan. I still follow them,” Pritchard said. "I get back there most summers. I’m an Oklahoma boy. It’s home.” By Mike Baldwin Working for the Spurs
Pritchard recalls working with Presti
Portland general manager Kevin Pritchard was a scout with San Antonio when Sam Presti was the Spurs assistant general manager. "Sam is one of the most organized guys I’ve ever been around,” Pritchard said. "He’s a very creative thinker and knows the game on a very deep level. Working for Sam definitely helped me. He’s going to do a great job and make that franchise very competitive for a long time.” What if the Trailblazers and Thunder were both Western Conference powers in three or four years? "That would be fun,” Pritchard said. "That means both of us would be pretty good. It couldn’t happen to a better person than Sam. He’s very humble. He does a great job of creating that culture of teamwork.” BY MIKE BALDWIN