Before Monday night, Thunder fans had not seen Raymond Felton a pitch in the field since December 30th. But the moment he double-checked the Thunder game against Portland in the third quarter, he had gained a booming ovation.
In the Thunder 120-111 victory on Monday, Felton scored 15 season points as a second playmaker. He defended Dennis Schroder while Schroder was out for personal reasons.
"I have much confidence in Raymond," Thunder coach Billy Donovan said before the match. "He did a great job off the bench when he did not play, practically, training, remaining engaged, I had all the confidence in him."
He was right.
Portland fans did not forgive Felton for the return from the formally out of 201
Felton took only six minutes to score seven points.
Then when it overlapped Russell Westbrook Felton became a nightmare for the Blazers on the perimeter, draining two 3-pointers open in the last four and a half minutes of the first half, ending the night with 60 % from 3 points (3-of-5 Donovan said he did not want to comment on the availability of Schroder beyond Monday. The Instagram story of the playmaker on Monday included the message "Special Day", followed by a series of emojis, including one of a child.
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