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It’s official: Trail Blazers complete trade with Atlanta Hawks

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It’s official: Trail Blazers complete trade with Atlanta Hawks

The Portland Trail Blazers have traded forward/center Skal Labissiere and cash considerations to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for a future protected second-round draft pick, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey.

Labissiere averaged 5.8 points (55.1% FG, 23.1% 3-PT, 75.8% FT), 5.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 0.94 blocks in 33 games (one start) for the Trail Blazers this season before suffering a left knee articular cartilage lesion against the L.A. Lakers on Dec. 28. Acquired in a trade with Sacramento on Feb. 7, 2019, Labissiere averaged 5.3 points (56.6% FG, 33.3% 3-PT, 71.8% FT), 4.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 42 total games (two starts) with the Trail Blazers.

 

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Evan Turner plays Rock Paper Scissors from Hawks bench, remains a national treasure

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Evan Turner plays Rock Paper Scissors from Hawks bench, remains a national treasure

Evan Turner is a national treasure. He really is. 

During his three seasons with the Blazers, he was a gem. Always good for a laugh or a viral moment. 

From a dump truck in his pool, to Instagram storytime live from the toilet, to flipping the bird in Denver, and rocking the cradle on Westbrook. Turner was legendary. 

Now with the Hawks, Turner has missed multiple games with various injuries. He once again did not suit up when Atlanta traveled to Brooklyn to take on the Nets. However, he still got a game in - A game of rock, paper, scissors. 

A fan seated directly across from for the Hawks bench was able to get Turner's attention and in the middle of basketball action, the pair managed a round of the classic hand game.

Please, for all that is good in the world, never change ET. You are the gift that keeps on giving.

Evan Turner on the Trail Blazers: 'Dame always figures it out'

Evan Turner on the Trail Blazers: 'Dame always figures it out'

If anyone understands what it’s like to have a rocky adjustment with the Trail Blazers it’s Evan Turner, the now Atlanta Hawks wing, who spent the past three seasons going through his own ups and downs in Portland.

Turner, who sat out on Sunday with an Achilles injury, said he has watched the Blazers a “decent amount” in the early stages of the season and while he understands that fans might be panicking about a less than ideal start to the year, he doesn’t think it’s warranted.

“It’s literally not anything to fret over,” he said.

The Blazers started 12-14 in Turner’s first season in Portland in 2016-17 and opened the following season at 6-6 before surging to the third seed in the Western Conference playoffs. So when Turner saw this iteration of Blazers struggle out of the gates, it didn’t raise much concern.

“It’s a lot of new guys in the locker room,” Turner said. “So they’re adjusting to how you do things. The core, the focal point are the two guards so you have to really get acclimated and find your way around how you can make an impact the best way you can.”

Turner isn’t one to insincerely butter up his former team. He is refreshingly honest, the type of player who will tell reporters the truth to a fault. If he thought this team was bad, it would be in the headline. Instead he insisted this team will be fine. So what is inspiring Turner about the Blazers who needed an overtime win Sunday to run their record to 4-6 on the season?

Chiefly it’s Anfernee Simons, the 20-year-old guard who scored 20 points against the Hawks, and is averaging just shy of twelve points a game in his second season.

“I thought he was going to hit his stride like this eventually but I didn’t know it’d be this quick. It’s unreal. He will be very, very, very, very, very, very, very good,” Turner said, giving his seven-very seal of approval.

“I think the thing I’m noticing about him now is — his confidence wavered sometimes in and out. Like even in the summer he’d have those big games and stuff. He had like 35 and 10 (at summer league). Now the kid knows he’s got it, and you could see it on the court (Sunday) where he went off and Dame and CJ and the coaches were letting him rock out. I think it’s obvious.”

Turner and Simons developed a close bond last season and Turner was one of the first Blazer veterans to confidently proclaim that Simons was going to be an impact player in the NBA. But Turner’s Blazer optimism extends beyond his admiration for their promising youngster. He has seen enough Lillard, his good friend, up close to hit pause on the skepticism.

“If three games go a different way, they’re 7-3, and nobody’d be whining, right?," Turner said. "I think they’ll be fine. Dame always figures it out."

Sunday wasn’t a perfect game. The Blazer looked disjointed early and failed to put the Hawks away late, before narrowly avoiding a five-game losing streak in overtime. But to hear Turner tell it: the Blazers are in a good spot, even with the injuries, even with the new parts adjusting to a new system. But for fans still concerned over a 4-6 record and the obvious issues facing the roster, Turner points in one direction: Toward the team’s All-Star point guard.

“He just keeps getting better and better each year,” he said. “I think it’s still early on in the year and the dude is just going to keep being Dame Lillard. He’s going to keep getting better, and you think you’ve already seen the best he has and there’s more. He’s in his prime and he’s flourishing.”

The Morning After: Everything you missed from the Trail Blazers first home win

The Morning After: Everything you missed from the Trail Blazers first home win

It was a battle of two teams who have been hit hard with injuries early in the season.

Neither the Trail Blazers nor the Hawks were able to have a comfortable lead... until overtime when it was all Blazers, all the time.

The Blazers were without starting small forward Rodney Hood, who is still dealing with back spasms, but Kent Bazemore stepped up big in place of the injured Hood.

Bazemore was key defensively on Sunday night. He was tasked with the tough assignment of defending Trae Young. Young finished the game 9-of-30 from the field for 35 points. On the other end of the floor, Bazemore was clutch in overtime, hitting not one, but two threes.

Damian Lillard once again led the charge, finishing with 30 points. CJ McCollum added 23 points on the night as the Blazers got the last word, earning them their first home victory in four games at Moda Center.

QUOTABLES:

Hood gave an update on his back injury:

It’s feeling better, it’s just locked up right now. It’s getting better with a lot of treatment. I’m getting treatment around the clock, and hopefully it’ll get better day by day so I can get back out there.

Damian Lillard on the play of Kent Bazemore:

Tonight, he had the assignment with Trae Young and (Young) had the ball in his hands pretty much the whole game – chasing him off screens, finding him in transition – just that type of effort is tough.

Evan Turner on the growth of Anfernee Simons:

I thought he was going to hit his stride like this eventually but I didn’t know it’d be this quick. It’s unreal. He will be very, very, very, very, very, very, very good.

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Kent Bazemore gets revenge against the Atlanta Hawks, propels Trail Blazers at both ends of the floor

Kent Bazemore gets revenge against the Atlanta Hawks, propels Trail Blazers at both ends of the floor

Never bet against the player – in any sport – playing his first game against a team that traded him away. It’s seemingly inevitable that the discarded player will come up big against his former mates.

Ask Kent Bazemore, who stood out for the Trail Blazers Sunday night as Portland captured its first home win of the season with a 124-113 overtime decision over Atlanta.

“A lot of emotion tonight,” Bazemore said after his best performance of the young season at both ends of the court. “Obviously, every guy, once they leave a team is always looking to get back at them. Good to be out there competing against them.”

Bazemore took on a difficult defensive challenge, guarding Hawks’ talented point guard Trae Young and when you look at the points (35) that Young scored, it would appear the Atlanta player got the best of him. But Young went 9-30 from the floor, including 3-13 from three-point range, and had seven turnovers. Bazemore gave him a rough night.

And then on offense, Bazemore, thrust into the starting lineup because of Rodney Hood’s back spasms, scored 13 points – including two three-pointers early in the overtime period that vaulted the Blazers into a big lead – had eight rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots.

“It was huge,” Damian Lillard said of Bazemore’s effort. “Tonight, he had the assignment with Trae Young and (Young) had the ball in his hands pretty much the whole game – chasing him off screens, finding him in transition – just that type of effort is tough. He was there all night. And down the stretch, he was rewarded for his effort and for him to lock in like that – two big threes. But like I said, I think his effort on the defensive end and him taking that challenge was really big. I think it got his mind into the game and it was perfect. It came against his former team, and in a game that we needed.”

He wasn’t the only Portland player to step up.

The Blazers got 20 points on 8-12 shooting from Anfernee Simons, 23 points from CJ McCollum, who also had eight rebounds, four assists and two steals, and 21 points and 12 rebounds from Hassan Whiteside. Lillard finished with 30 points, seven rebounds and six assists while playing 44 minutes.

Whiteside, never known as a great free-throw shooter, has made big strides in that department this season. And he went to the line to finish off a three point-play with a charity toss that pulled his team within a point with 2:20 to go. Then he hit two more to put the Blazer in front with 1:51 left in the fourth quarter.

“I work on them,” he said simply.

McCollum threw his hands in the air after hitting a three with 1:43 to play in overtime that seemed to ice the game for Portland. It appeared to be a gesture of relief and, after five three-point misses Sunday, the hope that his early shooting struggles are coming to an end.

“I just wanted to see one go in from long range,” he said. “I’m a good shooter, I get a lot of reps, I break down my shot weekly and I get a lot of help from people I work with. I have a lot of faith in myself, so it’s always good to make a shot when it counts.”

Both teams had 10 shots in overtime – Portland made five and Atlanta only two. It wasn’t a pretty win but the Trail Blazers weren’t in any position to worry about appearances.

“Needless to say, we needed that win,” Portland Coach Terry Stotts said. “I thought our guys fought through and found a way to win, however it came. And it didn’t come easy.”

Instant Analysis: It took overtime, but Trail Blazers get first home win of the season

Instant Analysis: It took overtime, but Trail Blazers get first home win of the season

Sunday night was a battle of two injury-riddled teams.

Trail Blazers starting small forward Rodney Hood, who is still dealing with back spasms, is the newest Blazer added to the injured list. Kent Bazemore started in place of Hood.

Vince Carter (personal), John Collins (league suspension), Chandler Parsons (knees) and Evan Turner (Left Achilles) were on the in-active list for the Hawks.

Neither team was able to get out to a big lead all night, but it was the Blazers who got the last word in overtime, earning them their first home victory in four games at Moda Center.

FINAL BOX SCORE: Trail Blazers 124, Hawks 113 (OT)

Here are three quick takeaways from the win from our NBC Sports team at the game:

Dwight Jaynes, Insider

Anferenee Simons had a great game, but we were not really sure why he wasn’t on the floor when the team was trailing and needed some offense... It wasn't until there was 27.9 seconds remaining in the game that we saw Simons for the second to last Blazer possession. 

Mike Richman, Reporter

At this point it does not matter how the Blazers come away with wins. This one was ugly early, but they were good enough in overtime to end their losing streak. Kent Bazemore's two three-pointers to open overtime were the biggest shots of the game, and he made sure to stare down the Atlanta bench to let his former team know about it.

Jamie Hudson, Reporter

This game looked like it was going to be a track meet. The Blazers got out and ran early on. Moda Center fans were happy to see the Blazers get out to a quick start on the scoreboard as well. Portland slowed it down a bit after the first quarter, but it really wasn’t until the third quarter that the Blazers were moving the ball and getting more players involved not named Damian Lillard. Anfernee Simons took over in the third to keep the Blazers close. Portland’s defense in OT made the difference, along with two key three-pointers from Bazemore to start OT and CJ McCollum's play late in the extra period.   

Up Next: The Trail Blazers visit the Sacramento Kings for a 7:00pm tip-off on Tuesday.

Be sure to check back throughout the night and tomorrow morning for analysis, articles, and videos from the players!

Trail Blazers Pregame Notebook: Skal Labissiere and Hassan Whiteside are available

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Trail Blazers Pregame Notebook: Skal Labissiere and Hassan Whiteside are available

Before the Trail Blazers and Hawks tip-off at 6:00p.m. tonight on NBC Sports Northwest and on the 'MyTeams' App, both coaches gave updates on their injured players.

Rodney Hood (back spasms) is out tonight. The Blazers announced that Skal Labissiere (right ankle sprain) and Hassan Whiteside (right foot sprain) are available.

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Hawks head coach Llyod Pierce had plenty of good things to say about Damian Lillard and he knows that it won’t be all on Trae Young to defend the Trail Blazers All-Star point guard. He said, “it will be a team effort.”

Atlanta has also been dealing with several injuries. After initially being listed as probable, De'Andre Hunter and Kevin Huerter are available for tonight’s contest.

Coach Pierce said Allen Crabbe (post op rehab - right knee) will be on the active list, but will only play if absolutely necessary.

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How to watch, stream Trail Blazers vs. Hawks tonight at 6:00pm

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How to watch, stream Trail Blazers vs. Hawks tonight at 6:00pm

The Portland Trail Blazers (3-6) are still looking for their first home victory after starting the season 0-3 at Moda Center. Portland will welcome in the Atlanta Hawks (3-5) on Sunday with tip-off set for 6:00pm.

Sunday’s game will be a battle of two teams who are dealing with injuries.

For the Blazers, Rodney Hood (back spasms), Skal Labissiere (right ankle sprain) and Hassan Whiteside (right foot sprain) are questionable vs. Atlanta.

De’Andre Hunter (left shoulder) and Kevin Huerter (right knee) are listed as probable for the Hawks, while Allen Crabbe (post op rehab) is doubtful.

Atlanta has also listed Vince Carter (personal reasons), John Collins (league suspension) Chandler Parsons (injury management) and Evan Turner (left Achilles) as out.

In need of bodies, the Blazers are recalling Jaylen Hoard and Moses Brown from the G-League's Texas Legends.

You can watch the Blazers-Hawks 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:

3:30pm Blazers Game Day with Chad Doing

5:00pm Blazers Warm-Up

5:30pm Trail Blazers Pregame Show

6:00pm Trail Blazers vs. Hawks

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

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

Quote of the Day

“Look, it's disappointing losing any game. We’re 0-3 at home and on a 4-game losing streak – they’re all disappointing, but obviously Dame was exceptional tonight. He carried us to at least put us in a position to win the game. It is disappointing but like I’ve said, Dame’s a special player. He shoulders a lot of responsibility for us.” -- Blazers head coach Terry Stotts on frustrating loss and Lillard's record night.

Countdown to Tip-Off: Blazers beat Hawks in 2005 home opener

Countdown to Tip-Off: Blazers beat Hawks in 2005 home opener

We're counting down the days until the Portland Trail Blazers open up the 2019-2020 NBA season by looking back at each of the home opener wins (the streak is now at 18). Here is a look at what happened back in 2005 when the Portland Trail Blazers faced the Atlanta Hawks in their home-opener.

Can’t remember what the NBA was like in 2005? Let’s paint the picture:

  • Due to Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans Hornets played most of their home games in Oklahoma City 
  • Kobe scored 81 points against Toronto
  • Ray Allen broke the single-season record for three-pointers made, with 269
  • Steve Nash was the reigning MVP 
  • The Spurs were the defending champions
  • Allen Iverson was the league’s leading scorer
  • Andrew Bogut was the No.1 overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft
  • The Blazers had the No.6 pick and drafted Martell Webster. 

 

The Atlanta Hawks and No.2 overall pick Marvin Williams made their one and only trip to Portland early in the 2005 season. The game was a battle from start to finish, literally coming down to the final seconds. Tied at 93-93, Zach Randolph went up for the game-winning shot as time expired. He missed it, but then you heard the whistle. Atlanta's Zaza Pachulia was called for a foul with 0.2 seconds left, sending Randolph to the line. Z-Bo hit the first shot to put the Blazers up one, then intentionally missed the second one to make sure the clock ran out on Atlanta. 

Notable stats: 

Atlanta -

Joe Johnson – 23 points, 7 assists, and 5 rebounds.

Josh Childress – 13 points, 5rebounds

Josh Smith – 14 points, 4  blocks

Portland –

Darius Miles – 14 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists 

Sebastian Telfair – 18 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists

Zach Randolph – 21 points, 13 rebounds, 1 assist

The Blazers would go on to finish the season 21-61, the worst record in the NBA that season. 

REPORT: Memphis’ Tyler Dorsey to become unrestricted free agent

REPORT: Memphis’ Tyler Dorsey to become unrestricted free agent

Former Oregon men’s basketball guard Tyler Dorsey may be on the move once again to his third NBA team in as many years as his NBA career.

The Woj Bombs continue to roll in this week ahead of NBA Free Agency, which officially opens up on Sunday, June 30 at 3 p.m. (PT). Wojnarowski first reported on the situation in Memphis:

By Memphis declining to make this qualifying offer, Dorsey becomes an unrestricted free agent allowing him to sign with any team. 

The 6’5” 183 pound sharp-shooter, who earned the nickname Mr. March from his outstanding play in the 2017 March Madness Final Four Tournament run at Oregon, will be heading into this third NBA season.

Dorsey, the former second-round (No. 41 overall) 2017 NBA Draft pick, spent one and half seasons with the Atlanta Hawks before being traded and making the six hour, 391 mile trip NW to the Memphis Grizzlies on the last day (Feb. 7) of the NBA trade deadline where he joined his former teammate Dillon Brooks (selected four picks later in the same Draft). 

In his first year in Atlanta, Dorsey averaged 7.2 points in 17.4 minutes per game for 56 total games.