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Trail Blazers recall Caleb Swanigan from G League

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Trail Blazers recall Caleb Swanigan from G League

The Portland Trail Blazers have recalled forward Caleb Swanigan from the Texas Legends of the NBA G League, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey. 

Swanigan played in four games (three starts) for the Legends and posted averages of 8.5 points (50.0% FG, 28.6% 3-PT, 66.7% FT), 7.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.00 block and 22.6 minutes. 

In 16 games with the Trail Blazers this season, Swanigan (6-9, 250) is averaging 1.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, 0.4 assists and 8.4 minutes

Blazers play cleanest game in NBA history in win over Cavs

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Blazers play cleanest game in NBA history in win over Cavs

The Trail Blazers made history Wednesday night and it had nothing to do with the statistical symmetry of their starting center.

Jusuf Nurkic got his triple-double, the franchise’s first since Nicolas Batum in 2014, but the 129-112 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Moda Center was also the cleanest game in NBA history.

Portland (4) and Cleveland (3) combined for the fewest turnovers in NBA history. According to Elias Sports Bureau, the previous NBA record for fewest turnovers between two teams was set in 2005 when the Los Angeles Clippers and San Antonio Spurs combined for just 10 total turnovers.

This was a special kind of magic that leads to both teams barely giving the ball away. The Cavaliers are quite literally the worst defensive team in the NBA, and they force the fewest turnovers in the league. The Blazers are a middle of the road defensive team, but they are still near the bottom of the league in opponent turnovers, forcing the third fewest per game.

Portland scored at will against Cleveland, shooting 53 percent from the floor on a night where they didn’t even appear to be that crisp. Cleveland didn’t find a ton of resistance from the Blazers defense either as they racked up 66 points in the paint, despite only getting four fast-break points. That’s the beauty of neither defense snatching away possessions: There were plenty of opportunities to get buckets.

“Obviously, you need to score to win sometimes” Blazers forward Evan Turner said with his unique brand of succinct, sarcastic brilliance. “The worst thing about turnovers is that stops you from doing that. And the next worst thing about turnovers is turnovers can be a live turnover and now you’re giving up transition points.”

Blazers coach Terry Stotts has been emphasizing ball security to his team all season. Portland surrenders the fourth most points off turnovers in the NBA, allowing 14.6 points off giveaways a night according to NBA.com.

“Just the impact of how good we are when don’t turn the ball over,” Blazers guard CJ McCollum said when asked about the repeated messages from Stotts about valuing possessions. “How hard it is for teams to guard us and (that) you bail them out by having a turnover where basically you don’t have to play defense. And now you’re in transition again so that puts pressure on your defense.”

Portland is one of the best offensive teams in the league, and that firepower is only enhanced on nights like Wednesday when it maximizes offensive opportunities. The Blazers improved to 7-2 this season when they commit ten or fewer turnovers.

The Blazers came one turnover shy of matching their franchise record for fewest turnovers in the game. It’s safe to say a repeat performance is unlikely, but limiting turnovers even without making history will remain key to their success.

“It’s huge,” Blazers point guard Damian Lillard said. “I think any time you have that few turnovers that’s more possessions. That’s more opportunities to score that you’re getting. I think our offensive has been pretty smooth. Usually when we turn the ball over it’s not only taking possessions away from our team, but teams take advantage of us when we turn the ball over. So it’s good when we can keep that number down.”

Rip City Rewind: Everything you might have missed as the Blazers fell to the Cavaliers

Rip City Rewind: Everything you might have missed as the Blazers fell to the Cavaliers

The Portland Trail Blazers hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday, looking to get back on track after a 0-2 trip on the road.

While it was raining outside of the Moda Center in Portland, it was pouring inside as well. The Blazers were hot from three-point range, shooting a lights out 16-of-29 from three, or 55.2 percent from the floor.

The Cavaliers pulled to within 10 points in the third quarter, but the Blazers shut the door and pulled away with the victory.

Here’s a look at everything you might have missed as the Blazers beat the Cavs 129-112.

Damian Lillard led the way for Portland on Wednesday night, dropping 33 points on 11-of-19 shooting. He was also a perfect 7-of-7 from the free throw line.

Prior to the game, Lillard was listed as questionable with a right hand strain, but he wouldn’t let his injury hold him back from taking the court.

Jamie Hudson recapped Lillard’s hand strain and had an update following the game: Unless it's "unbearable" you should always expect Damian Lillard to play through pain

Nurkic recorded the first triple double of his NBA career. He had 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, and added five blocked shots for the Blazers. Nurkic became the only Trail Blazer, other than the legendary Bill Walton, to have a triple-double with five blocks.

Dwight Jaynes shared some thoughts on Nurk’s big night: Jusuf Nurkic grabs a piece of a Bill Walton record -- and now he'd like one of his jerseys

Dwight Jaynes, Jamie Hudson and Mike Richman shared some quick thoughts from the scene immediately after the game: Rapid Reaction: Quick Takeaways from the Blazers win over the Cavs

Jusuf Nurkic grabs a piece of a Bill Walton record -- and now he'd like one of his jerseys

Jusuf Nurkic grabs a piece of a Bill Walton record -- and now he'd like one of his jerseys

It was one of those nights when the Trail Blazers were supposed to win – a matchup of their 26-19 team against the Cleveland Cavaliers, a team lugging around a 9-35 mark.

But who knew it would turn out to be an eventful night? And for the longest time, it didn't appear it would be anything but a routine Portland victory. A special night?

Well, it was – at least for Portland center Jusuf Nurkic, who recorded his first career triple-double and added five blocked shots to it, the first triple-double for the Blazers in more than five years. And it was a game in which the Blazers shot a season-high 55.2 percent from three-point range, hitting 16 of 29. Portland had a season-low four turnovers and the Cavs had just three, setting an NBA record for fewest turnovers in a game since the stat came into being in the 1970-71 season.

Nurkic’s triple-double was one of the quietest you will ever see – and certainly one of the more amazing ones.

With four minutes to go in the game he had 10 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. He racked up his final four assists over the next minute and 32 seconds.

“Is that a record?” he asked with a smile. Well, maybe – certainly when you need those assists for the triple-double.

“Yeah, I guess it happened pretty quickly there at the end,” said Portland Coach Terry Stotts. “And I’m glad it happened in kind of a natural way.”

Nurkic said, “I thought the game was over but I guess it’s never over until it’s done.

“It’s cool. But it isn’t special. It happened random. People appreciate it more. I just tried to impact the game in a different way and it worked out well today.”

Nurkic has become the hub of the Portland offense at times during games and has killed teams with backdoor bounce passes to cutters at the basket.

“I just try to make the right play,” he said. “Not necessarily try to hunt points or assists. Just out there having fun and trying to make the right play at the right time.”

Nurkic admitted he’s never been on a team that his featured him in a playmaking role like this year’s team has – but it certainly suits his skills.

“I knew I had seven assists and then the game went kind of back and forward, timeouts and then Dame said, ‘One more.’

“It’s interesting because there’s always some kind of record. It’s funny. But we want to go deep in the playoffs and that’s what means the most.”

When he was told that he is the only Trail Blazer other than Bill Walton to have a triple-double with five blocks, he smiled.

“Send me the jersey,” he said.

Does he want a Walton jersey, autographed?

“Yes,” he said eagerly. “Yes, I do.”

OK, Bill – I know you are a regular reader of this space. Let’s make that happen.

Then this game will be even more eventful.

Unless it's "unbearable" you should always expect Damian Lillard to play through pain

Unless it's "unbearable" you should always expect Damian Lillard to play through pain

There are not too many players who can go from being listed as ‘questionable’ to then playing and dropping 33 points, while leading their team to a victory. But on Wednesday night, that’s exactly what Trail Blazers All-Star point guard Damian Lillard did.

After shootaround Wednesday morning, Lillard was added to the injury report with a right hand strain. He went through warm ups and was a game-time decision.

The Blazers announced about 40 minutes before tip-off that Lillard was available to play. He ended up leading all scorers in Portland’s fifth-straight home win with a 129-112 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. This is now the Blazers' longest home winning streak of the season.

After the game, Lillard gave an update on his hand.  

“It’s still sore. Coming into the game, I knew it was going to be sore. I just felt more comfortable playing. We needed this game and I just felt more comfortable going out there,” Lillard said.

It probably did not come as a surprise to most people who are around Lillard or who have watched him play, that he did not sit out of Wednesday's game. Lillard has played through injuries before. In fact, he has missed just 23 games out of a possible 538 games played. Now in his seventh season, Lillard has yet to miss a single game this season and did not miss any games in each of his first three seasons while averaging 36 minutes per game for his career.

His running mate, CJ McCollum, knows Lillard more than anyone and he knows that Lillard is going to play if he can.

“Yeah, I wasn’t sure if he was going to play tonight, but he said that he slept and it felt a little better, he got a little bit of treatment… He’s tough. He takes care of his body and understands that we need to win as many games as possible. He showed up big tonight,” McCollum said.  

The 28 year-old point guard finished with 33 points in Wednesday’s win on 11-of-19 shooting including an efficient 4-for-6 from three and a perfect 7-for-7 from the foul line. Lillard also dished out six assists, to go along with two rebounds and zero turnovers.

As a team, the Blazers had a season-low four turnovers for the game. 

It was in Portland's 115-107 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Monday night when Lillard suffered the hand injury.

“Last game it got hit. I was driving to the rim. Somebody tried to swipe at the ball and they hit one of my fingers and it kind of separated my finger from the other one, so it was like just a contusion. My hand was real stiff, real sore. I think it was in the first or second quarter. It was bothering me throughout that game, but, obviously I was already warm. It was stiff, but after the game it got worse,” Lillard said.

Lillard made his first two shots against the Cavs, which were both three-pointers, and Blazers head coach Terry Stotts couldn’t help but poke fun at Lillard early in the game.

“I kinda teased him after he made his first two shots, you know, ‘how’s your hand?’ Stotts joked.  

“It was bothering him… He was guarding the post and he swiped down on the ball, but he made sure to swipe with his left hand. His hand is still sore,” Stotts added.   

Lillard also mentioned how his sore hand impacted him on the defensive end.  

“I don’t think it affected me. I was just cautious of it. Some situations, I was trying not to stick my right hand in there as much as I usually do. Sometimes it was just instinct and I’d reach for the ball, but I kind of felt that sometimes when I was guarding the post because I usually have my fist clinched up real tight when I’m trying to hold them off, but tonight I was kind of more pushing with my forearm and my hand,” Lillard said. 

Lillard also assisted in helping Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic reach his first triple-double of his career. Nurkic earned his 10th assist after Lillard hit his final three-pointer of the game at the 2:27 mark in the fourth quarter. To go along with his 10 asssits, Nurkic had 10 points and 10 rebounds.  

Lillard has now scored 30+ points for the second straight game and the 15th time this season.

If fans and the media did not know already know that Lillard would play if he could, they do now. Lillard is going to play through the pain until it gets to be “unbearable.”

“When I went through shootaround this morning I could feel the impact, catching the ball, dribbling the ball, passing, but I was like you know, it wasn’t unbearable and I was fine,” Lillard said.

 

Everything you need to know from pregame as Trail Blazers prep for Cleveland Cavs

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Everything you need to know from pregame as Trail Blazers prep for Cleveland Cavs

Tonight’s game is the first of two matchups between the Trail Blazers and Cavaliers. The Cavs have won just nine games so far this season, a league-worst, but are coming off a 101-95 win over the Lakers. 

 

Both Blazers head coach Terry Stotts and Cavs head coach Larry Drew spoke with the media prior to tonight’s game to give injury updates and more.

Blazers Injury Update: This morning Damian Lillard (right hand strain) and Maurice Harkless (left knee) were listed as questionable for tonight's game vs. Cleveland. Both Lillard and Harkless will go through warm-ups and are a game-time decision. About forty-minute before tip-off, the Blazers announced that Lillard is available for tonight’s game, but Harkless is out.

Coach Stotts addressed the issue of his team struggling on the road this season. He said the goal is to always be at least .500 away from Moda Center. He was pleased with the latest two-game road trip and said the Blazers were “competitive” against two good teams in the West.

Hear from Coach Stotts right here: 


Cleveland is dealing with several injuries at this point in the season.

 

Cavs Injury Update: John Henson (left wrist), Kevin Love (left foot), Larry Nance Jr. (right knee), David Nwaba (left ankle) and JR Smith (NWT) are out. Coach Drew said Love is making progress, but he has not been cleared for any contact drills.

 

Drew also discussed what it takes to beat the Trail Blazers. He emphasized the Cavs need to get out to a quick start, rebound, and take care of the ball.

 

Plus, Drew said a big focus will be on the Blazers’ pick and roll because that’s something Portland does so well. 


Hear from Coach Drew right here: 

Trail Blazers Courtside: Damian Lillard keeps defenders guessing

Trail Blazers Courtside: Damian Lillard keeps defenders guessing

This week on Trail Blazers Courtside, Jonathan Yim, video coordinator and Blazers player development coach, joined hosts Jordan Kent and Michael Holton ahead of Portland's matchup with Cleveland. 

Yim says he continues to be impressed by the play of Damian Lillard and his value on timing in the pick and roll. 

Watch the full video to see what Yim had to say about what to expect from Lillard and Co. ahead of Wednesday's game. 

The Big Number: Lillard leading logo 3 revolution

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The Big Number: Lillard leading logo 3 revolution

Is Damian Lillard ushering in a new era of logo threes? NBC Sports NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh takes a look at Lillard’s shots from 30 feet and beyond in this week’s The Big Number.

Watch the video below to see how Lillard is using deep threes in Dame Time to score against opponents.

Rip City Rewind: Everything you might have missed as the Blazers fell to the Kings

Rip City Rewind: Everything you might have missed as the Blazers fell to the Kings

The Portland Trail Blazers traveled to Sacramento on the second night of a back-to-back to face the Kings.

After losing a close one in the Mile High City on Sunday, the Blazers couldn’t seem to shake their road woes off in Sactown.

Here’s a look at everything you might have missed as the Blazers fell to the Kings 115-107 at Golden 1 Arena.

Portland’s big three struggled from the floor on Monday. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum shot a combined 13-of-41 from the field, while Jusuf Nurkic had only six points in 28 minutes.

Despite struggles from Portland’s main guys, Jake Layman, who once again started in place of Maurice Harkless, hit six of his nine shots from the floor. He finished with 13 points in just 22 minutes of play.

Dwight Jaynes shared some thoughts on Layman’s solid effort: Jake Layman may make it a tough call for Terry Stotts when Maurice Harkless returns

Throughout the night, Nurkic set screens to give Lillard and McCollum the opportunity to drive through the lane.

Kings guard Iman Shumpert thought Nurk’s screens were “dirty” and proceeded to have a conversation with him post-game about the combative play on the court. You can watch raw video of Shumpert here

Jamie Hudson recapped the two players’ chippy game: Iman Shumpert vs. Jusuf Nurkic: "Dirty screens" and a conversation that will have to wait until April 10th

Dwight Jaynes, Jamie Hudson and Peter Socotch shared some quick thoughts from the scene immediately after the game: Rapid Reaction: Quick Takeaways from the Blazers loss to the Kings