Trail Blazers in action vs. Golden State Warriors, follow for live updates

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Trail Blazers in action vs. Golden State Warriors, follow for live updates

Monday marks the first of the next four games at home for the Portland Trail Blazers (18-28).

The Blazers host the Golden State Warriors (10-34) after returning from their latest three-game trip banged up, dealing with the flu, and dealing with a trade.

For full coverage of the game from Dwight JaynesJamie Hudson and our digital team, follow us on social throughout the night for the latest updates. 

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Quote of The Week

“When you’re sick, the morning is always the worst,” Trent Jr. said postgame. “You’re groggy, you’re tired, you’re sore and obviously playing that night before, but like I said though, the medical staff made sure I was well prepared for the game. So, I’m fortunate they were there for me." – Trail Blazers backup guard Gary Trent Jr. on playing through an illness on the night he scored a career-high 30 points

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Trail Blazers Pregame Notebook: Terry Stotts says the testing on CJ McCollum's ankle is 'manageable'

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Trail Blazers Pregame Notebook: Terry Stotts says the testing on CJ McCollum's ankle is 'manageable'

The Trail Blazers will suit up nine players against the Golden State Warriors Monday night with rookie two-way player Moses Brown brought up from the G League for Monday’s game. 

Before the Blazers and Warriors tipped off on national television, Portland’s head coach Terry Stotts gave the latest updates on his banged up team.

He wouldn’t give too much of an update on McCollum’s left sprained ankle.

I’m not going to necessarily comment on the severity or when he’s going to come back or anything like that… Yeah, go ahead and ask me every game… Whatever testing was done it’s manageable. – Terry Stotts on CJ McCollum’s ankle.

HEAR FROM COACH STOTTS HERE:

BLAZERS INJURY REPORT:

CJ McCollum (left ankle sprain) is out for Monday's game vs. Golden State.

WARRIORS INJURY REPORT:

Glenn Robinson III (right ankle sprain), Steph Curry (left hand fracture), Jacob Evans (concussion), Kevon Looney (left abdominal soreness), and Klay Thompson (left acl rehabilitation) are out.

Even though Draymond Green is not on the injured list it sounds like he will not play due to an illness. 

STANDOUT GAME NOTES:

-- Monday’s contest will mark the third of four meetings between the Trail Blazers and Warriors during the 2019-20 season. The season series is tied, 1-1.

-- LAST MEETING: The Trail Blazers beat the Warriors, 122-112 in Portland on Dec. 18. Damian Lillard led the Trail Blazers with 31 points (9-20 FG, 2-8 3-PT, 11-13 FT) to go with five rebounds and a season-high 13 assists while D’Angelo Russell paced the Warriors with 26 points (9-23 FG, 5-12 3-PT, 3-4 FT), seven assists and two blocks.

-- AT THE LINE: Golden State and Portland are the two best free-throw shooting teams in the NBA, at 81.0% and 80.9% respectively.

-- In two games against Golden State this season, Damian Lillard has averaged 35.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 8.5 assists and 1.00 block. He has scored at least 29 points in each of his last four games against the Warriors. Lillard has a career scoring average of 27.7 against the Warriors, which is his highest scoring average against any team in the NBA.

-- Hassan Whiteside had 16 points (8-14 FG) and pulled down a season-high 23 rebounds to go with two blocks against the Warriors on Dec. 18. Whiteside has averaged 19.0 points, 17.0 rebounds and 2.00 blocks in two games against Golden State this season.

-- D’Angelo Russell has scored 20-plus points in four of his last five games against the Trail Blazers. In those five games, Russell has averaged 24.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 6.8 assists.

Should the Trail Blazers consider forward Marquese Chriss?

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Should the Trail Blazers consider forward Marquese Chriss?

Following the Warriors loss to the Kings Monday night, Golden State waived 6'9" forward Marquese Chriss.

The 22-year-old had earned 17.3 minutes per game in the Warriors' last 10 contests. It seemed like he had found a spot with Golden State.

Seemed...

Back on October 1st, the Warriors signed Chriss to a one-year, non-guaranteed contract for the veteran's minimum.

But, the Warriors needed to clear a roster spot to convert two-player Damion Lee to a full-time player. Chriss was the only non-guaranteed deal on the roster.

So, now with the Blazers lack of depth in the frontcourt, and with the news of Skal Labissiere now being re-evaluated in four weeks, should Portland take a look at Chriss?

Here are a few reasons why it wouldn’t be a bad idea:

-- When Chriss has been a regular part of rotation he has proven to be a good backup rim protector. The Blazers could use some defensive minded bigs coming off the bench.

-- Chriss has also proven his lengthy arms can help him get his hands in the passing lane.

-- He was seemingly just finding his groove with the Warriors.

--The Blazers could use really use a guy over 6’8”. 

-- Portland could also use more versatile players.

Also to note, but probably not a contributing factor, Chriss shares an agent with Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard.

However, Trail Blazers fans shouldn’t expect the eighth overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft to give Portland that much of a scoring punch off the bench.

In 37 games, he averaged 7.4 points and 5.4 rebounds, while starting three games for the Warriors.  

After bouncing around the league for the last few years, first in Phoenix, and then in Houston, followed up by a short stint in Cleveland, now to his most latest situation in Golden State, Chriss could be a solid case of just looking for the right fit.

The journeyman big, who could develop into a well above average defender, could be worth the Blazers, at least, considering. 

Draymond Green accuses Trail Blazers coach of cheating -- here's why he's wrong

Draymond Green accuses Trail Blazers coach of cheating -- here's why he's wrong

“Hey, how much time does he get? How much time does he get!?”

That's the question Trail Blazers assistant coach Jim Moran was overheard asking on the Trail Blazers television broadcast during the fourth quarter of Wednesday night's game vs. the Golden State Warriors.  

With 5:22 remaining in the game, the buzzer went off. It was a dead ball and Draymond Green was at the scorers table set to check in. Only, he remained there for almost 13 seconds, taking off the heating pads on his knees, warm-ups still on.

That's when Moran pleaded with referees, to which they obliged. 

Green, noticeably upset, yelled a derogatory phrase at the Trail Blazers bench, which was picked up on the nat sound microphones on the floor.  

Play resumed before Green eventually subbed in for Omari Spellman at the next timeout, which was with 4:35 remaining in the game.

After the game, Green took exception to Moran's plea.  

 "Asking for a delay of game don’t help you in the playoffs!" Green yelled in the locker room loud enough for reporters to hear after the game.

Green can be upset all he wants, but here's what he needs to know: 

He was wrong.

According to the official NBA rule on substitution

RULE NO 3: Players, Substitutes and Coaches
Section 5, article C: A substitute must be ready to enter the game when beckoned. No delays for removal of warm-up clothing will be permitted.

Green still had his warm-ups on and his heating pads wrapped around his knees. He should have been prepared to enter the game. He wasn't and the referees used their discretion and kept the game moving.

It was just two weeks ago that Thunder guard Chris Paul called out Timberwolves forward Jordan Bell for an untucked jersey with 1.1 seconds remaining in the game, which then resulted in a technical foul on the Timberwolves, helping to send the game into overtime.

The Thunder ended up winning that game.

Green believes now that players and coaches saw CP3 get away with such actions, that they can too.

"Those that cheat the game don't win in the playoffs," Green told reporters postgame. "Monkey see, monkey do. 'I see one guy ask for a delay of game and get it, then I'ma ask for one.' S--t's weak. "

"But that’s the league we in. Everyone cheating the game, whether it’s cheap-a-- fouls or asking for a delay of game.”

There was no call for a delay of game, nor would that have truly mattered in Wednesday's game with the Blazers holding on and beating Golden State by 10 points; however, the fact remains that Draymond Green is out there wanting his opponents to not be tattletales or in his words, to not be cheaters. Also, worrying about the playoffs this season might be a bit premature since Golden State's record is now 5-24. 

Every team needs a "horse" like Hassan Whiteside

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Every team needs a "horse" like Hassan Whiteside

“Keep hoopin', keep horsing…“

That is Trail Blazers center Hassan Whiteside’s motto at the moment.

The best part of that motto? 

Whiteside not only claims to play like a horse and backs that up with his performance, but he also backs it up with a spot-on neighing sound.

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Check out the video.

As Whiteside says, he has to go “horse out there” to gobble up as many rebounds as he can.

The 7-footer’s rebounding prowess was a necessity Wednesday night against a pesky Golden State Warriors team. 

Through the first 12 minutes of action, Golden State had 13 second-chance points, while Portland had zero. Offensive rebounding was a key in the Warriors keeping Wednesday’s game close, but the Blazers were able to hold on for a 122-112 victory.  

What was Whiteside’s rebounding line vs. the Warriors?

How about a season-high 23 boards.

Being a workhorse on the glass is what Whiteside enjoys doing, but becoming an even better rebounder this season has been in big thanks to his team captain Damian Lillard. 

Whiteside said after Wednesday’s win, “[Golden State] was getting us in the first half with the offensive rebounds, so I just knew, Dame was just like, 'Go get all of ‘em.’ I just wanted to come out there, I always tell my teammates I got a horse out, got a horse out there.”

And going all out like a horse is what he did Wednesday. It's clear Whiteside has a knack for rebounding. 

Whiteside is averaging 12.5 rebounds per game season, up from his career average of 11.5.

Lillard knows what Whiteside is capable of when it comes to cleaning the glass.

I’ve just been telling him, just get every rebound. Just eat up the glass, be that guy. I think his ability to rebound is one of the best I’ve seen. So, if we’re a team struggling to rebound the ball, we need to be encouraging him to do that,” -- Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard postgame

“He’s capable of being that monster on the glass every night. So, I just challenged him to go get every one. He obviously took that challenge tonight,” Lillard added.  

Whiteside, who also had 16 points on 8-of-14 shooting, believes that once the Blazers were able to clamp down on the Warriors converting their second and third opportunities, Portland carried that momentum to a win.

I think once we cut off their rebounding that they was kicking out for threes, we got in the paint a lot more – we was able to get some stops. We was able to get out, get some run-outs, finish layups around the rim. I think the momentum just built from there. – Trail Blazers center Hassan Whiteside  

Blazers head coach Terry Stotts is thankful for the workhorse mentality that Whiteside brought against the Warriors.

“We needed every one of them. They hurt us on the offensive glass and we did a better job in the second half, but obviously 23 rebounds is pretty impressive.”

Twenty-three rebounds and the solid imitation of a workhorse: Two aspects of Whiteside’s game that are impressive and necessary this season for the Trail Blazers.  

Warriors vs. Trail Blazers just not what it once was, this time around

Warriors vs. Trail Blazers just not what it once was, this time around

Sitting in the relatively quiet Moda Center Wednesday night, one couldn’t help but notice the difference.

A year ago, a Golden State Warriors-Portland Trail Blazers game was an event. A happening. And the buzz in the arena was always palpable.

But a year later, it’s not the same. Injuries have torn big parts of these teams away, leaving them nothing close to the way they were just a year ago. The Warriors, of course, were hit the worst – losing Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant, who departed via free agency after a playoff injury.

And as Portland closed out its 122-112 win over the Warriors in front of what was announced as a sellout crowd, you understood that all those empty seats were surely sold.

But a lot of people just chose not to show up and use them.

And a Moda game against the Warriors almost always featured a huge number of Golden State fans, wearing their jerseys, T-shirts or just blue and gold colors, screaming their lungs out for their team.

“I grew up a Golden State Warriors fan,” Damian Lillard said. “And my family didn’t have the most money. And we were able to get season tickets. It wasn’t a sold-out arena. Steph and Klay and Draymond have done a great thing and turned it into a real championship organization and a great organization. (And) Steve Kerr. And then they have had some bad things happen.

“Usually, when we played them here, it looked like a Golden State (home) game. And all of a sudden, there ain’t none of those people showing up to support the team. I mean, that was just weird to me.”

Portland had a 13-point lead late in the first quarter, two 10-point leads in the second quarter and a nine-point lead in the third, but Kerr’s Warriors wouldn’t quit. They worked the offensive boards for 27 second-chance points but Lillard and CJ McCollum combined for 61 points to go with Hassan Whiteside’s 23 rebounds and Carmelo Anthony’s 17 points to pull Portland to the win.

“An emotional rollercoaster ride,” McCollum called it. “I go out and approach it the same way, as if Steph and Klay are out there. Those guys play hard. They’re NBA players, quality guys who are still trying to prove themselves in the league.

“You’ve got to play the game. Not the record, not the schedule – not anything. You’ve got to play the game. And tonight, we did that for the most part and at times, they outplayed us.”

And they did it without Steph and Klay. Just as Portland did it without Jusuf Nurkic, Zach Collins and Rodney Hood.

And frankly, it was not the same without them.

Instant Analysis: Trail Blazers hold off pesky Warriors

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Instant Analysis: Trail Blazers hold off pesky Warriors

In their first of four straight home games, the Trail Blazers were looking to start a home winning streak with the Golden State Warriors in town Wednesday night.  

The Blazers jumped out to a 40-29 lead after one quarter behind Damian Lillard’s 16-first-quarter-points.

When Portland’s second unit took the court though, the Blazers lead dwindled. At the break, Portland led by just one.

Both teams had efficient shooting performances, particularly from deep early on. 

CJ McCollum hit a dagger three-pointer with 3:16 remaining in the game as the Blazers held on for their second straight victory. 

FINAL BOX SCORE: Trail Blazers 122, Warriors 112

Here are three quick takeaways from Wednesday’s win:

1. This will be a common theme: Blazers rely on their Big 3 once again

Following Monday’s win over the Suns when Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, and Carmelo Anthony combined for 80 points, Portland's Big 3 was at again. And make no mistake, this will be an on-going expectation as the Blazers continue to deal with injuries, which has third string players getting valuable minutes. The problem for Portland right now is if Lillard, McCollum, or Melo have an off night shooting, the Blazers aren’t a good enough defensive team to help overcome a low scoring night. 

2.  3s on 3s on 3s

At the end of the first quarter, both the Blazers and Warriors were shooting 50 percent from three-point range. Glenn Robinson III and D’Angelo Russell led the way for Golden State from long distance. In the first half, it was as if Robinson III couldn’t miss from three.  

3.  Warriors with extra opportunities  

If at first you don’t succeed, go get your own rebound or have a teammate get the offensive board—that was the Warriors' motto Wednesday night. Through the first 12 minutes of action, Golden State had 13 second chance points, while Portland had zero in the first quarter. Offensive rebounding was a big key in the Warriors keeping Wednesday’s game close.  

Up Next: The Trail Blazers continue their four-game homestand Friday night against the Orlando Magic. The Blazers and Magic will tip-off at 7:00pm on NBC Sports Northwest and the MyTeams App on Friday night.

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How to watch, stream Trail Blazers vs. Warriors tonight at 7:00pm

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How to watch, stream Trail Blazers vs. Warriors tonight at 7:00pm

The Portland Trail Blazers (11-16) are set to tip-off a four-game homestand beginning Wednesday night when Portland hosts the Golden State Warriors (5-23).

Tuesday, the Blazers found out they have been granted their requested disabled player exception for Rodney Hood, meaning they can use half of Hood's salary to sign a replacement player. Hood is out for the season with a torn Achilles tendon. The DPE will be worth $2.859 million and must be used by March 10 or it will go away.  

Portland has listed Nassir Little (back spasms) as probable and Mario Hezonja (back spasms) as questionable for Wednesday's game.

As for Golden State, the Warriors have listed Eric Paschall (Left hip; soreness) as questionable.

You can watch all the action between the Blazers and Warriors game on NBC Sports Northwest, the Official Network of the Portland Trail Blazers and you can stream the game on our website or by downloading the MyTeams app!

And, have you heard about Blazers Pass?

You can get 15 live Trail Blazers games, pre and postgame shows, and on-demand full-game replays with Blazers Pass! (Only available to fans located in Blazers Territory, pursuant to NBA rules and agreements. No TV provider required. Subscription Period: November 4, 2019 - April 16, 2020. Subscription auto-renews prior to start of next season.)

Don't miss any of the coverage of tonight's game:

4:30pm Blazers Game Day with Chad Doing

6:00pm Blazers Warm-Up

6:30pm Trail Blazers Pregame Show

7:00pm Trail Blazers vs. Warriors

After the game catch Blazers Outsiders with hosts Joe Simons and Dan Marang!

And, full coverage of the game from Dwight JaynesJamie Hudson and our digital team. Follow us on social throughout the night for the latest updates. 

QUOTABLE

Tonight was just a game that we had to dig deep and get this one. Early we kind of dug ourselves a hole. Those guys came out playing extremely well, shooting the ball well. I think they kind of caught us off guard with their pace early. I think once we settled down and we really got their pace under control, we was able to do some things on the defensive end that was beneficial to us, rotate, sink back… We needed to… It made the defense a lot of fun. -- Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony after Monday's win

 

D'Angelo Russell and Damian Lillard make bad NBA history with 50-plus points in losses

D'Angelo Russell and Damian Lillard make bad NBA history with 50-plus points in losses

All-Star guards D'Angelo Russell and Damian Lillard had career nights Friday.

Russell, returning to the Warriors lineup after missing three games with a sprained ankle, went off for a career-high 52 points against the Timberwolves.

Lillard topped Russell by scoring a Blazers franchise-record 60 points against the Nets.

Those two games had something in common. Russell's Warriors and Lillard's Blazers both lost.

According to ESPN Stats and Info, it's just the second time in NBA history that two players have scored at least 50 points and lost on the same night.

It's the first time the NBA has seen two players score at least 50 points on the same night since 2005.

The Warriors and Blazers met in the Western Conference finals last season, but both teams have fallen on hard times early in the 2019-20 season.

Golden State now sits at 2-7, while Portland is 3-6.

Things aren't going well for their respective teams, but at least D-Lo and Dame are giving their fans something to cheer about.

 

The Morning After: Everything you missed from the Trail Blazers loss at Golden State

The Morning After: Everything you missed from the Trail Blazers loss at Golden State

The Trail Blazers have now played five of their seven games on the road.

And on Monday night in San Francisco at the brand new Chase Center, the young Warriors stunned the Blazers.

It was Damian Lillard once again, who made sure to keep Portland in the game. Lillard finished with 39 points on 15-of-26 shooting, including 5-of-13 from deep.

Another positive was that Blazer center Hassan Whiteside finished with a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds after missing Saturday’s game with a bone bruise in his left knee.

But since Portland let Golden State hang around, the Warriors gained the confidence to hold on and defeat the Blazers, 127-118.

Rookie Eric Paschall led the Warriors with 36 points and 13 rebounds.

 

QUOTABLES:

Jordan Poole on trash talk between him and Damian Lillard:

I don't remember. But that's classified. It stays between the lines.

Damian Lillard on loss to Warriors:

Not alarming but a wakeup call, that obviously knowing how shorthanded they were as far as their main guys being out and still being beat. It's a wakeup call that you got to come correct in the NBA

Coach Stotts on team's defense:

Not very good. We didn't really take away anything. Golden State was comfortable all night, they had rhythm to their shots... our defense was very disappointing tonight

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