Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Returns to the Washington Center

first_imgSubmitted by Ballet NorthwestThis spring, Ballet Northwest is proud to present Tchaikovsky’s timeless Swan Lake at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, to be enjoyed by South Sound audiences for the second time since its Olympia premiere in 2010. Performances are scheduled from May 9 to May 11, when seventy-five local dancers will grace the stage and audiences will experience the classic masterpiece highlighted by striking costumes, splendid staging, and exquisite sets designed in 2010 by Jill Carter, who has designed sets in the past for Olympia Family Theater and Harlequin Productions.Choreographed by Ballet Northwest’s Artistic Directors and husband-and-wife duo Ken and Josie Johnson, the production is sponsored by the Nisqually Indian Tribe, Olympia Federal Savings, Andrew Kapust DDS, KRXY 94.5 FM and The Olympian.Josie Johnson states, “We are deeply grateful to our four event sponsors who have once again made this community event possible!”Ken Johnson, Josie’s husband and co-artistic director adds, “These classic performances bring so much to our community. We can enjoy ageless works like Swan Lake without ever having to leave Olympia!”The ballet, which was composed by Tchaikovsky in 1876 and first performed in 1877 by the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, tells the story of Odette, the young princess who refuses the advances of the evil sorcerer von Rothbart. He delivers a curse that transforms her into a swan whenever the sun rises. When the handsome Prince Siegfried is out hunting, he sees Odette, first as a lovely swan and later as a beautiful woman. He discovers her secret and they fall in love, but von Rothbart has other plans. Will love conquer all?Interestingly, since its original Moscow premiere, Swan Lake has been performed many thousands of times to eager audiences around the world, yet with varying and often unpredictable endings, ranging from romantic to tragic.Dancing the role of the young prince in this performance is guest artist Andrew Pontius, a Bremerton, Washington native who started studying ballet at age eleven with Seattle’s Pacific Northwest Ballet. At fifteen he left for Washington, D.C., where he studied and graduated from the Kirov Academy of Ballet. He began his professional career with the Semperoper Ballett in Dresden, Germany, then moved to Madrid and danced for the Victor Ullate Ballet Comunidad de Madrid. Mr. Pontius is reportedly delighted to be home and dancing in the Pacific Northwest.Founded in 1970, Ballet Northwest is a community-based dance company dedicated to promoting, teaching, and preserving the art of dance in Southwestern Washington. The company offers educational opportunities for local dancers as well as outreach throughout the community.WHO: Ballet NorthwestWHAT: Swan Lake , a ballet in three acts featuring a cast of 75 local dancersWHERE: The Washington Center for the Performing Arts512 Washington St SE Olympia, WA 98501WHEN: Friday, May 9, 7:30 pmSaturday, May 10, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pmSunday, May 11, 2:00 pmTICKETS: 360-753-8586 or order online at www.olytix.orgPRICES: Tickets are $14 to$30, plus $3.00 service fee. Student, senior, and youth discounts available. Student Rush tickets go on sale one hour before curtain. Facebook44Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — U9 Champs Romania

first_imgTeam Romania includes, from left, Eliza Jefferson, Ollie Gyr, Tao Crawford, Tyler Walmsley, Odin Elris, Jasper Elris and Levi Taylor. It took a shootout for Team Romania to be crowned champs of the Kootenay Co-op U9 Division at the Soccer Quest Indoor facility.Team Romania needed the tie-breaker to advance past a stubborn Team Argentina in the final of the U9 category.Staff at Mallards wants to salute Team Romania for the heroics with Team of the Week honours.last_img

Temple men’s basketball wins two of three games at Orlando Invitational

first_imgSenior guard Quinton Rose dribbles the ball down the court during the Owls’ game against La Salle at the Tom Gola Arena on Nov. 16. | NICK DAVIS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Cowan scored a career-high 30 points to lead the Terrapins while shooting 11-of-19 from the field and 4-of-8 from behind the arc. Smith added 12 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. Temple University men’s basketball (6-1) won two of its three matches at the Orlando Invitational Thursday through Sunday. Rose was only one assist away from a triple-double as he recorded 14 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. Temple will return to the Liacouras Center to play against the University of Missouri (4-3) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Temple rebounded from its loss against Maryland with a 65-42 win against Texas A&M University (3-4) on Friday. The Owls then went on a 25-7 run to end the game and held the Aggies to only one field goal in the final 12 minutes of play. Overall, Temple’s defense held Texas A&M to 22.4 percent from the field. The Owls then came out of halftime on a 17-6 run in the first eight minutes of the second half. The Wildcats’ shooting went cold in the second half where they only scored 20 points. They shot 25 percent from the field and only made one three-point shot out of 15 attempts. Temple jumped out to a 16-7 lead early in the first half after junior forward J.P. Moorman II hit two threes and a two-point shot. Mayland eventually tied the game at 26, but Temple went into halftime with a 34-29 lead after Moore stole the ball and made a driving layup at the buzzer. The Owls were up 60-57 against the Terrapins after senior guard Alani Moore II hit a three-pointer with seven minutes and six seconds remaining in the game. After that, Terrapins senior guard Anthony Cowan Jr. scored five points and assisted on a three-pointer by sophomore forward Jalen Smith to put the Terrapins up 65-62 with two minutes and 35 seconds left to play. After Smith’s three-point shot, the Terrapins kept the lead. Temple-Texas A&M The Aggies came out in the second half with a 14-2 run to cut Temple’s lead to 40-35 with more than 10 minutes remaining. Aggies senior forward Josh Nebo was the only player to score in double digits for the Aggies. Nebo led the Aggies with 12 points. Junior guard/forward Savion Flagg scored all nine of his points on threes. Flagg shot 3-of-10 from the field.center_img Junior guard Nate Pierre-Louis led the Owls with 15 points while making 5-of-10 shots from the field. Pierre-Louis also added seven rebounds. Temple concluded its tournament with a 66-53 win against Davidson College (3-5) to finish in fifth place. Temple lost to the University of Maryland (8-0), 76-69, in its first match of the tournament on Thursday. The Terrapins are ranked No. 5 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. Temple-Maryland Temple started off slow in the first half. The Owls only shot 39 percent from the field and made three shots from behind the arc on 11 attempts. The Wildcats made 46 percent of their shots from the field to take a 33-30 lead into halftime. Moore led the Owls with 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Moore also made six of his 10 three-point shots. Moorman added 14 points and nine rebounds while shooting 4-of-8 from the field. Senior guard Quinton Rose contributed with nine points and nine rebounds. Sophomore forward Jake Forrester scored six points in 12 minutes in his Temple debut. Forrester had his transfer waiver cleared by the NCAA on Tuesday. The Aggies had an 11-8 lead with 11 minutes and 28 seconds remaining in the first half, but the Owls went on a 24-4 run over the next nine minutes to take a 32-15 lead. The Owls took a 32-18 lead into the locker room. Temple-Davidson Rose led the way for the Owls with 19 points. Rose added six rebounds and four assists while shooting 6-of-14 from the field. Moore scored 14 points while shooting 4-of-9 from the three-point line. Redshirt-junior guard Monty Scott scored 11 points off the bench. Scott also made two three-pointers on four attempts while shooting 4-of-9 from the field. Wildcats sophomore forward Luka Brajkovic led all scorers with 16 points while shooting 7-of-9 from the field. Junior guard Carter Collins added 12 points on 3-of-11 shooting from the field and 2-of-9 from the three-point line. Junior guard Kellan Grady scored 11 points while shooting 3-of-13 from the field. Grady only made one of his six three-point attempts. The rest of the Wildcats scored only 14 points combined. Forrester also scored in double digits, making 10 points on 5-of-8 shooting off the bench. Forrester also recorded four rebounds. Scott added eight points and five rebounds off the bench while making two of his four three-point shots.last_img read more

ZENYATTA STAKES QUOTES – SATURDAY OCTOBER 1, 2016

first_imgGARY STEVENS, BEHOLDER, SECOND (BEATEN FAVORITE): “Nothing really went wrong, except I was on the lead and a sitting duck once again. No pace except for me, and realistic fractions. I flat got out-run. I have no excuses. Carrying equal weight. Hat’s off to the winner, and hat’s off to my mare. She shows up every day. Unfortunately three losses in a row, and it’s tough for a champion. She’s pretty special for me, and hopefully we can bounce back and get some pace in the Breeders’ Cup, or the stars will change. Hat’s off to the winner.” JOCKEY QUOTESVICTOR ESPINOZA, STELLAR WIND, WINNER: “It’s a great day. I worked harder in her last race, the Clement Hirsch, than I did today. It’s always good to be next to Beholder, next to the queen, it’s always a plus. To be able to pull away the last eighth, it’s not easy! It’s hard but Stellar Wind is an incredible mare and she will continue to be good.“(Winning three Grade I’s) is why I’m here, to win. That’s’ why I worked so hard and dedicated myself to be successful in my career early on. Now, I have the chance and opportunity and I can’t waste it. I have to keep going until the day that I retire.” TRAINER QUOTES RICHARD MANDELLA, BEHOLDER, SECOND: “We’ll go to the Distaff from here. My mare didn’t look like she ever gave up and those two finished well clear of the rest of them. We didn’t really intend to go to the lead, but with a five-horse field, what are you gonna do? Not to make excuses, but yes, I think a full field will help us next time.” PART OWNER KOSTA HRONIS, STELLAR WIND, WINNER: “I’m just thrilled. She’s brilliant. I think she’s the best so we’re looking forward to the Breeders’ Cup. She’s got five weeks off, she’ll just keep her normal schedule and she’ll be ready to go.” JOHN SADLER, STELLAR WIND, WINNER: “We thought she’d be a better four-year-old. These mares peak at four and she’s a bigger, stronger horse this year. She’s relatively fresh and we get to go into the Breeders’ Cup off of three starts. We’re looking forward to it.“She ran so well last time, I thought this race would be very similar to what it was–another battle, and we were lucky enough to prevail a second time. The rubber match (coming up). We’re looking forward to it.” NOTES: Winning owners Kosta and Peter Hronis reside in Delano, CA.last_img read more

Will Hardcore Scientism Warm Up to Artificial Religion?

first_imgLive Science reported on a series of papers presented in Washington on the subject of science and religion. One might have expected warfare from the title, “God and Science Collide in Nation’s Capital”; indeed, Robin Lloyd portrayed the usual take-no-prisoners attitude of some scientists: “Scientists hate God. Or find God very disturbing. In fact, modern science has found no evidence of God and so it’s stupid anymore to think God exists.” But then she re-opened the forum with, “The above statements are often presented as conventional wisdom, but are they true?” A booklet was prepared with 13 short essays, sponsored by the Skeptics Society (Michael Shermer) and the John Templeton Foundation. They included essays by William D. Phillips, Michael Novak, Ken Miller, Mary Midgley and Stuart Kauffman. The points of view varied from atheist to Muslim to Methodist. Judging from Lloyd’s report, it appears the group leaned heavily against religion. The following line was presented as the “standard scientific line” – “Science has failed to find natural evidence of God. Natural evidence is all there is. No God. Case closed.” Only slightly softer is the view that science has eliminated the need for God, or that God is a “failed hypothesis.” Some of the essayists pointed out that science does not have all the answers. Some argued that science and religion are not necessarily at odds. And Stuart Kauffman seemed to want to soften the pointlessness of an evolutionary universe:Kauffman, director of the Institute for Biocomplexity and Informatics at the University of Calgary, takes a slightly New Age tack, saying we must “heal” the schism between science and religion by “reinventing the sacred” and evolving from a supernatural God to a “new sense of a fully natural God as our chosen symbol for the ceaseless creativity in the natural universe.”With adamant anti-creationists like Michael Shermer and Ken Miller in the forefront, both of whom have fought both creationism and intelligent design for years (while allowing for the possibility of a remote Deity), it is unlikely anyone at the symposium would have had much ear for the likes of a Ken Ham, to say nothing of a Phillip Johnson.Foolishness. This is like a bunch of leopards pretending to be sensitive to their prey, and saying maybe the prey would like them better if they washed off some of their spots or maybe didn’t growl so hard before pouncing. “After all, we’re not the only predators in the jungle,” they say to one another. “Just the coolest, sleekest and best!” Whom does Live Science and Michael Shermer think they are kidding? Live Science never ceases to twist facts to ridicule any idea of God while pushing Darwin inches into miles of storytelling. This party was of Darwin-worshipers, by Darwin-worshipers, and for Darwin-worshipers. True worship requires two things this crowd doesn’t have: spirit and truth. Sorry, no deal. God does not share the stage with idols. All idols must go. That includes Darwin and scientism. Only when they stop telling God what to do, and telling Him what He must act like, and start listening to Him in humility, will they begin to stop committing idolatry. “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me,” the eternal Creator said. The Creator makes the rules. The Creator defines reality. The Creator is the Truth. All else is lies and idolatry, and there is no compromise. We don’t need Kauffman’s Neanderthal Dance around the Naturalistic Campfire to drum up some phony sense of the sacred. We need the Lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy. One does not get sacredness (holiness) while worshiping one’s own reason and inventing one’s own philosophy. One gets there by dropping all one’s baggage and humbling oneself before the Creator, who declares, “I am.” The question to be asking is not “How can we scientists, who already know it all, be nicer to stupid people of faith,” but “Is there a Creator?” and “Who is He?” For those questions, ample empirical evidence is available to the true scientist (seeker of knowledge) and philosopher (lover of wisdom).(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

If the Human Eye Was a Camera, How Much Would It Cost?

first_imgThe most impressive optical device at NAB is the one you already have.Your eyes are much different than a camera on a lot of levels. For one, your eyes are rounded in the back and not flat like a camera sensor, although Sony would like to change that. Your eyes also add in information that is not always there. For example, the white or blue dress debate. Needless to say, a perfect comparison is not only impossible, it’s also unfair.However, there are a few technical similarities in the way camera and eyeball optics work, and we thought it might be fun to put comparable eyeball specs side-by-side with modern day camera specs to see how much a theoretical camera would cost. To keep things simple, let’s look at each tech spec individually.(Quick Note: I am not a doctor, just a man with Google.)Focal LengthWhen we talk about focal length on a camera, we are literally talking about the distance from the optical center of the lens to the camera sensor. The same rule would apply in your eye. So, technically speaking, the average human eye would have a focal length of 17mm.Focal Length: 17mmComparable Equipment: Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/2.8 LensPrice: $299Angle of ViewWhereas a 17mm lens on a full-frame camera would have a field-of-view of about 93 degrees, the average human eye has a field of view of about 180 degrees when facing forward. Using a simple angle of view calculator, the actual angle of view would equal that of a 1mm lens.Angle of View: 180 degreesComparable Equipment: Nikkor 6mm LensPrice: $100,000Crop FactorWith angle of view in mind, our 17mm eyeball has a focal equivalency of 1mm. So, theoretically, our eye has a negative crop factor of x.05 when compared to a full-frame camera. Needless to say, that technology does not exist in real life.Crop Factor: x.05Comparable Equipment: Metabones Speed Booster (x 14)Price: $7000F-StopAn F-stop is actually a very simple formula:In an incredibly dark situation, an eye’s iris can expand to be about 8mm. So if we were to put that information into a formula with our focal length being the length of our eyes (about 17mm), we would get an actual f-stop of around f/2.1. That number is impressive, but certainly not earth-shattering.F-Stop: f/2.1 – f/8.3Comparable Equipment: Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM LensPrice: $549ResolutionIt’s estimated that the average human eye can read up to 576MP of information at any given time, giving a whole new meaning to the term retina display. Unfortunately, modern day DSLRs can’t quite take pictures at that high of a megapixel yet. However, in astronomy, there is a camera that comes close at 570MP.Resolution: 576MPComparable Equipment: Dark Energy CameraPrice: $35,000,000ISOISO relates to the amount of power sent to the camera’s sensor at any given time. However, when you’re talking about your eyes, you don’t really have the ability to increase your sensitivity much beyond that of ISO 1,000 on a camera.ISO: 1 – 1000Comparable Equipment: Canon EOS DCS 3Price: $16,453 in 1995Bit-DepthIt’s said that our eyes can perceive up to 10 million different colors. While that may seem like a lot, it is actually quite low in relation to what current cameras are capable of perceiving. Everyday, video cameras record color information at 8 bits-per-channel, but some cameras can record up to 14 bits per channel – that’s 4.4 trillion colors!Bit-Depth: 7.5 bits per channelComparable Equipment: Everyday DSLR VideoPrice: $1,000Dynamic RangeDynamic range has to do with your camera’s ability to process both extremely bright and extremely dark details at the same time. Most professional grade cameras have a dynamic range of anywhere from 11-14 stops. The more stops your camera has, the greater its ability to record contrasting images. Surprisingly enough, when it comes to dynamic range, the human eye is on-par with modern technology.Dymaic Range: 10-14 StopsComparable Equipment: Sony a7SPrice: $2,498Shutter SpeedYour eyes don’t have a mechanical or radial shutter, so they are more like an electronic shutter camera. However, if you want to compare the motion blur of your eye to a similar motion blur of a camera, simply wave your hand in from of your face at a constant rate. Do you see the motion blur?If you were to adjust the shutter speed on a camera to match that of the motion blur found in your eye, you will arrive at a shutter speed of around 1/100-1/200. You probably don’t see very much motion blur in everyday life because your eyes are used to tracking moving objects incredibly fast. A technique very similar to this would be the way a car photographer tracks a moving car on a racetrack.Shutter Speed: 1/100 – 1/200Comparable Equipment: Everyday DSLRPrice: $1,000Frames-per-SecondThrough research, scientists have been able to find out that humans can interpret information up to about 1,000fps. While you certainly can’t play this information back into your mind in slow motion (at least not yet), it does have bigger implications for the future of filmmaking and the number of FPS filmmakers should shoot in. This is why a 48fps movie like the Hobbit feels so much different than a 24fps movie.Frames-per-Second: 1,000fpsComparable Equipment: Phantom Flex 4KPrice: $140,000Grand Total: $35,268,799 + TaxWhile it’s definitely impossible to say for sure what the actual cost of a human eye equivalent setup would be, if we were to add all of our prices together our theoretical camera would cost about as much as The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water made on opening weekend. (We live in dark times.)Want to learn more about the comparison between the human eye and cameras? Check out a few of the following posts:The Photographic Eye – B&HCameras v. The Human Eye – Cambridge in ColorThe Camera Versus the Human Eye – PetaPixelThink this number should be higher or lower? Would you sell your eyeball for $35,000,000? Share you thoughts in the comments below.last_img read more

Stoking Your Hunger to Win in the Sales Arena, with Patrick Tinney – Episode #94

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 23:58 — 19.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSEvery sales professional says they have a hunger to win, but few truly conquer as top sellers. My guest on this episode says every sales professional must have a perpetual hunger to win in sales – that constant drive to provide for their family, to be a success, and to be the trusted advisor who serves their customers well. Patrick’s newest book, “Perpetual Hunger” is the subject of our conversation. It’s a book that can serve you almost like a sales encyclopedia with easy-to-read chapters that are able to be immediately applied. You’ll get a great feel for what he covers in the book by listening to this episode of the podcast.Stoking Your Hunger to Win in the Sales Arena, with Patrick TinneyClick To TweetFear and adversity can contribute to your hunger in a positive way, or it can hold you back.You hear a lot these days about overcoming fears and adversity, but Patrick Tinney and I agree that both of those things can fuel your hunger if you know how to leverage them to your advantage. The saddest thing is to see a person with great potential who is saddled with their own fear to such an extent that they can’t push forward to the success that is possible. On this episode Patrick and I discuss the role adversity and fear can play in a positive way to stoke the hunger to win in sales, so be sure you listen.The truthful sales conversations happen when you are able to knock the chat off script.Every party involved in a sales conversation has their own agenda – a script of sorts they have prepared to direct the conversation in the direction they want it to go. But those scripts often prevent the conversation from getting to the real issues that are at stake, the real needs the clients have and the solutions you can offer. Patrick Tinney says whenever you can knock the conversation off that script you have the opportunity to hear the true needs of your prospect and are able to understand what your team can bring to the table. You’ll want to hear this part of our conversation – it’s well worth your time.The truthful sales conversations happen when you are able to knock the chat off script Click To TweetWhy relationships win in every sales interaction.Your hunger to win as a sales professional can’t be about you primarily, even though the need to attain a certain level of personal success is always part of the equation. You need to focus more on the relationships that are the basis of trust between you and your customers. That’s what will give you success long term. In this conversation, Patrick Tinney shares a story from his own experience about an opportunity he had to build enormous trust with a client and how it came to serve him personally in the end. You won’t want to miss this powerful story.The first part of becoming a trusted advisor is trust. Don’t violate it.We’ve all heard the admonition to become a trusted advisor to our customers, and while it’s definitely the goal we want to be shooting for, it’s easy to forget that “trust” is the first part of that goal. The trust our customers have in us is only what we enable them to have – and that comes about through our integrity toward them. In his new book, “Perpetual Hunger” Patrick Tinney speaks to the role those kinds of trusting relationships play in accomplishing the success we all want, and how trust is a key element in it. I encourage you to listen to Patrick’s advice on this, you won’t regret it.The first part of becoming a trusted advisor is trust. Don’t violate it.Click To TweetOutline of this great episode Patrick Tinney: Sales trainer, coach, and author. What does it mean for a sales professional to be perpetually hungry and why aren’t people MORE hungry? What makes for an exceptional sales prospector? The higher value questions a sales pro should be asking. Using your questions to help the prospect ask themselves value questions. The concept of powerful scripting and unscripting. Why relationships matter most: a story from Patrick’s experience.Resources & Links mentioned in this episodewww.CentroidMarketing.com ~ Patrick Tinney’s websiteThe Hudson’s Bay Companywww.TheLostArtOfClosing.com – Anthony’s newest book099382841809938284341531888984The theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarino Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now Tweets you can use to share this episodeFear and adversity can contribute to your hunger in a positive way, or it can hold you backClick To TweetWhy relationships win in every sales interactionClick To Tweetlast_img read more

Blazers take 2-0 lead against Thunder after big night from CJ McCollum

first_imgPortland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum, center, talks to Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George, right, and center Steven Adams during the first half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)PORTLAND, Oregon — CJ McCollum had 33 points, Damian Lillard added 29 and the Portland Trail Blazers took a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder with a 114-94 victory on Tuesday night.Maurice Harkless added 14 points and nine rebounds for the third-seeded Blazers, who opened a playoff series with two wins for the first time since the 2014 playoffs, when they beat Houston in six games.ADVERTISEMENT The series shifts to Oklahoma City for Game 3 on Friday.“Now we’ve got to go on the road and get gritty,” McCollum said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsRussell Westbrook, who had his ninth career postseason triple-double in Oklahoma City’s Game 1 loss, finished with 14 points, nine rebounds and 11 assists. He was pulled with 3:31 with most of his fellow starters after Portland built a 112-91 lead.Paul George had 27 points despite lingering questions about his right shoulder, which was covered with kinesiology tape. George insisted the shoulder, which kept him out of the Thunders’ regular-season finale, was fine at practice on Monday even though it was wrapped in ice. The Blazers were up 91-75 after three and easily protected their lead in the fourth, with Seth Curry’s 3-pointer pushing the lead to 100-83.Portland’s victory in Game 1 snapped a 10-game postseason losing streak that included four-game sweeps in the past two seasons — first by the Warriors and then last year by the Pelicans. Lillard had 30 points in the 104-99 win on Sunday.Oklahoma City beat the Blazers in all four meetings during the regular season. The Thunder have been to the playoffs for eight of the last nine seasons, but they haven’t gotten past the opening round for the past two.Oklahoma City started with a lot more energy than in Game 1, when it fell behind by 19 points in the first half. When Westbrook hit a 3-pointer in the first quarter, he pounded his chest and the Thunder went on to lead 31-26 at the end of the quarter.Lillard hit a 3-pointer and was fouled to close the Blazers within 48-43. But the game began to get heated, with Lillard and Westbrook getting into it when Lillard tried to strip the ball. The officials reviewed it for a “hostile act” but concluded there were no fouls on the play. There was tension the rest of the way, and frequent jawing back-and-forth.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Nuggets erase 19-point deficit to beat Spurs, tie playoff series Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Westbrook collected three fouls in the half and headed early to the bench, as did Portland’s Enes Kanter, who was so successful against the Thunder in Game 1. Together the teams had 29 fouls in the opening half.McCollum nailed a 3-pointer off a pass from Lillard at the buzzer to tie the game at 54 going into the break. Then McCollum turned to the crowd and simply nodded.Portland pulled in front on McCollum’s jumper and extended it to 69-63 with Lillard’s long 3-pointer. Curry had back-to-back 3s to put the Blazers up 85-73 late in the third.The Blazers’ hopes for postseason success appeared to take a blow last month when center Jusuf Nurkic was lost for the season with a broken left leg. Nurkic was averaging 15.6 points and 10.4 rebounds when he sustained the gruesome injury during a game against the Brooklyn Nets.Kanter, signed just before the All-Star break after he was waived by the New York Knicks, has started in Nurkic’s place. Kanter had 20 points and 18 rebounds in Game 1 but finished with six points and five rebounds on Tuesday.TIP-INSThunder: Thunder coach Billy Donovan was emphatic before the game: “No injuries, no one out, no game-time decisions.” … It’s the first playoff series between the teams since the Thunder moved from Seattle to Oklahoma City.Trail Blazers: Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who just signed a contract extension that makes him the highest paid player in the NFL, was among the fans at the Moda Center, as was Gonzaga coach Mark Few. … Jake Layman, who did not play in the series opener, came in to start the second quarter.UP NEXT: Game 3 is set for Friday night in Oklahoma City. 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