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Blazers center Enes Kanter says the Thunder are a team that will do anything ‘to get under people’s skin’

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The Oklahoma City Thunder have always been a team that will play hard. Now, the Portland Trail Blazers are learning that firsthand.

Enes Kanter, who spent two and half seasons with the Thunder from 2014 to 2017, says that OKC is a team that likes to “get under people’s skin.” However, he said that the Blazers aren’t letting it get to them, especially Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum.

“I used to get nervous, you know, going against them — you know, because obviously I played here for two and a half years. But now, I think first five, six minutes I was pretty nervous but then I just said, just get better. Just because they know my game, I know their game…one thing about them is they gotta do everything to get under people’s skin,” Kanter said.

“…But I think C.J. and especially Dame doing an amazing job to just keep calm and just focus on what they need to focus on.”

Enes Kanter pointed out that CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard are two players that have kept their focus despite the Thunder’s tough play. Oklahoma City has not been able to contain the two Blazers stars, as each player has scored at least 20 points in each of the first three games of their playoff series.

Portland jumped to a quick 2-0 series lead at home, holding the Thunder under 100 points in each game. However, OKC came back to win Game 3. The two teams will meet for Game 4 on Sunday night, April 21.