Lillard scores 30, but Trail Blazers stunned at the buzzer in Philadelphia

Lillard scores 30, but Trail Blazers stunned at the buzzer in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA -- A snakebit season just became more venomous for the Trail Blazers after a heartbreaking 93-92 loss in the final seconds to the Philadelphia 76ers at The Center. 

Robert Covington hit a three-pointer with 4.5 seconds left to give Philadelphia the lead and Mason Plumlee missed a close-range shot in the final seconds to send the upstart 76ers to their third straight win and eighth in past 10 games. 

Portland (18-27) lost for the fourth straight time and fell a season-low nine games under .500 and 7-18 on the road, despite 30 points from Damian Lillard. 

It was Lillard's missed free throw with 14.7 seconds that kept the Blazers lead at 92-90, setting up Covington's big shot. After Plumlee's miss, the Philadelphia players stormed the court and celebrated as the Blazers stood stunned.

"This one is on me,'' Lillard said.

Before the game, Blazers coach Terry Stotts said he was considering making some adjustments, but he declined to say whether it would be to his starting lineup, the rotation or tactical. 

It turned out to be to his starting lineup.

Initially, the 76ers released the starting lineups revealing the Blazers usual five -- Lillard, CJ McCollum, Maurice Harkless, Al-Farouq Aminu and Mason Plumlee. But just before player introductions, Noah Vonleh and Evan Turner were announced as starters in place of Harkless and Aminu. 

"You have to look at things different in hopes of stirring it up a bit,'' Stotts said before the game. 

It worked early as Lillard came out torching the nets by hitting seven of his first eight shots, and his 20 points in the first half helped the Blazer built a 13-point halftime lead. 

But behind rookie sensation Joel Embiid (18 points and 10 rebounds) and the sharp-shooting of Covington (22 points), the 76ers battled back, taking advantage of poor shooting from Portland (37 percent), which included 5-for-18 from McCollum and 2-for-10 from Turner.

Before the game, Stotts remarked that the Blazers have been "snakebit" this season by big shots or by players who normally don't shoot well hitting big shots. 

Little did he know, that storyline would repeat itself three hours later.

Next up: Blazers at Boston, 2 p.m. Saturday (CSN).


How to watch: Trail Blazers vs. Denver Nuggets 2009 Christmas Day Game

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How to watch: Trail Blazers vs. Denver Nuggets 2009 Christmas Day Game

This Trail Blazers Classic Game was an instant classic for both Brandon Roy and Carmelo Anthony.

It was a battle between the two that not many will ever forget.

And now we are celebrating Christmas in May!

Yes, Merry Christmas to Rip City!

Tonight at 6:30pm on NBCSNW, re-watch the Christmas Day Game of 2009 when Brandon Roy dropped 41 points in the Trail Blazers 107-96 victory over the Denver Nuggets.

The B-Roy vs. Melo showdown was pretty special in front of the sold out Rose Garden crowd.

It’s even more special to Trail Blazers fans now that Anthony is a Trail Blazer.

Roy’s 41 points was a franchise Christmas record. The Trail Blazers guard learned from his Christmas Day game experience the year before when he went 8-for-20 from the field in a 102-94 home loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

The 2009 Christmas game gave Rip City hope when all seemed lost with Greg Oden and Rudy Fernandez’s injuries. Unfortunately, injuries continued to pile up for the Blazers, but on Dec. 25, 2009 this was an extremely enjoyable Christmas gift in Portland.

Melo finished with 32 points for the Nuggets. At that point of the season, he was the NBA’s leading scorer, averaging 30.3 points per game.

In the win, Steve Blake added 17 points with 14 of those points coming in the fourth quarter.

Here’s just a little taste of what you will see tonight at 6:30pm:

The Trail Blazers hold a 14-4 overall record for Christmas Day games. Their last Christmas battle came in 2018 when they fell to the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, 117-96.

Starters for 2009 Christmas Day Game:


Kenyon Martin

Carmelo Anthony


Chauncey Billups

Arron Afflalo


LaMarcus Aldridge

Brandon Roy

Andre Miller

Martell Webster

HOW TO WATCH: Trail Blazer vs. Nuggets from Dec. 25, 2009

WHEN: Tuesday, May 26 at 6:30pm 

Channel: NBC Sports Northwest, Channel 737 (Portland), 617 (Seattle)


Stream the game here.  

Or stream the game on your phone with the 'MyTeams' App -- available in the App Store for iPhones and on Google play. 

Damian Lillard is sending a message to the NBA -- give us a shot at playoffs

Damian Lillard is sending a message to the NBA -- give us a shot at playoffs

It is not unexpected that Damian Lillard says he won’t participate if the Trail Blazers are brought back this summer by the NBA to play just a few games without any chance of earning a playoff berth.

I would not expect one of the game’s great competitors to be involved in such a situation. With nothing to play for, why play? Especially after such a long layoff? These would be exhibition games -- and you know how much playing time stars get in exhibition games.

But, of course, even by saying this, I think Lillard plants a seed with the league that they better give the borderline teams a chance for a playoff berth -- either by playing out the full schedule or (more likely) using a play-in tournament.

And I think this may have been Lillard’s motivation for going public with this statement. He wants his team to have a shot at a playoff berth and this may help the cause.

I would expect other talented players to follow Lillard’s lead, by the way. And this isn’t going to be much of a television product without the NBA’s best players taking part.

I would expect, by saying this, Lillard will move the needle toward the most likely course -- play enough “regular season” games to get all teams to 70 total contests, satisfying local television contracts, then go to some sort of mini-tournament.

I do not think all teams will be involved in that. Use common sense and invite the teams that are realistically close to earning a berth and leave the bottom-feeders out. Seed them using the current standings and let them go at it.

The most likely plan would probably be to get Western Conference hopefuls Portland, New Orleans, Sacramento, San Antonio and Memphis together -- perhaps giving the Grizzlies (since they hold the No. 8 spot) a chance to sit out and play the winner of a four-team mini-tourney for that final spot. Maybe make that series vs. Memphis a best-of-three.

Win or go home in the four-teamer. Sudden death.

It would be wild. And fun.

Damian Lillard won't play if Trail Blazers have no shot to make playoffs

Damian Lillard won't play if Trail Blazers have no shot to make playoffs

With the NBA beginning to make headways to resume its season, there is a big collective voice in the room that needs to be considered when making those final decisions: The players.

According to NBC Sports' Pro Basketball Talk, the NBPA is reaching out to players and receiving feedback on particular scenarios for return.

Player safety should and will be at the forefront of all these discussions to bring the NBA back. One of those players has taken his stance with this entire situation that has still yet to be concrete, and that’s Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard.

On Tuesday morning in an interview with Chris Haynes, NBA Insider for Yahoo Sports, Lillard said he would not play in games under certain circumstances.

If we come back and they're just like, 'We're adding a few games to finish the regular season,' and they're throwing us out there for meaningless games and we don't have a true opportunity to get into the playoffs, I'm going to be with my team because I'm a part of the team. But I'm not going to be participating. I'm telling you that right now. And you can put that [expletive] in there. — Damian Lillard

There are numerous options floating around how to return the NBA season and what that will look like. A play-in tournament for the playoffs? Go right into the playoffs with the top-8 seeds before the NBA season was suspended? 

In more recent news, conversations have begun to take shape of having the the NBA resume in late July at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

When the NBA season suspended on March 14, the Blazers (29-37) were currently in the ninth spot in the Western Conference standings sitting 3.5 games behind the eight seed Memphis Grizzlies.

Make no mistake, if the league decides to give those teams with a fighting chance to play and earn a playoff spot, Lillard will bring it.

If we come back and I don't have an opportunity to make the playoffs, I will show up to work, I'll be at practice and I'll be with my team. I'm going to do all that [expletive] and then I'm going to be sitting right on that bench during the games. If they come back and say it's something like a tournament, play-in style, between the No. 7 and No. 12 seeds, if we're playing for playoff spots, then I think that's perfect. — Damian Lillard

More from our Trail Blazers Insider Dwight Jaynes to come.

Be sure to check out the full Talkin’ Blazers Podcast with host NBA Champion Channing Frye and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon.

CJ McCollum almost quit basketball, thank goodness his mom stepped in

CJ McCollum almost quit basketball, thank goodness his mom stepped in

Imagine a world where CJ McCollum didn’t become a Portland Trail Blazer.

Now imagine, McCollum wasn’t even drafted in the NBA because, as a youngster, he was ready to give up on his "ball is life" mentality.

That nearly transpired. 

During the NBA hiatus, Trail Blazers sideline reporter Brooke Olzendam has been able to catch up with a handful of players. This past week, Olzendam sat down with McCollum over video chat.

In his seventh year in the league, McCollum is grateful for his mom and dad’s continued support.   

“My parents have done a tremendous job, over the course of my career,” McCollum said. “They try to make every game and I think my rookie year, my mom made every game… They’ve been really consistent and it’s all you can ask for as a kid.”

The now 28-year-old is just like all of us. 

He had doubts growing up.

Was he on the right path?

Should he stick with basketball?

These types of questions entered McCollum’s mind.

It’s crazy, I almost quit basketball when I was younger. Just all those things that I’ve gone through from a sports standpoint to having confidence -- [my parents] had confidence in me, the faith in me before I really had it in myself. So, I’m forever grateful and thankful. And I always tell them, you know, ‘I’ll try to repay you the best I can, but you gave me the gift of life, so there’s nothing much I can do.’ -- Trail Blazers shooting guard CJ McCollum  

From the sounds of it, McCollum wasn’t about to turn to football over basketball. He joked on his Twitter page, “I only wanted to play qb. Wasn’t going across the middle for anybody."

Basketball was his sport, but it took a big nudge, or a firm talking to from a special someone for him to not give up on his dream.

I was young. This wasn’t going well for me. It was like a turning point in my life where I had to make a decision. You know, how much are you going to dedicate yourself to this? And if you’re not, plan B, like -- I gotta get a 4.0 because [my parents] told me they weren’t paying for my school early on. So, I had to figure out a way to kind of delegate my time. I was working out and I wasn’t really performing the way I wanted to so I kind of had to figure out, okay, ‘what are you really going to do?’ And my mom was like, ‘you’re not a quitter, I didn’t raise no quitters...’ And the rest is history. -- CJ McCollum told Brooke Olzendam

McCollum also admitted that he’s not completely sure if he would’ve really pulled the trigger and quit basketball, even if his mom had not stepped in to help him stay on track.

Before the NBA was forced to suspend the 2019-20 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, McCollum was averaging 22.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, and tying a career best in assists with 4.3. The last time he averaged that many dimes was during the 2015-16 season. Last season he averaged 3.0.

You can watch the entire CJ McCollum interview RIGHT HERE

Be sure to check out the full Talkin’ Blazers Podcast with host NBA Champion Channing Frye and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon.

Would Carmelo Anthony ever reunite with the Denver Nuggets?

Would Carmelo Anthony ever reunite with the Denver Nuggets?

Dec. 12, 2019 -- The day future Hall of Famer Carmelo Anthony stepped back on the Pepsi Center floor in front of his first-ever NBA home crowd.  

A day he feared would never happen.

But, thanks to the Trail Blazers, it did happen.

The Blazers lost to the Nuggets 114-99; however, the game itself was never really a storyline that day.

It was about a reunion after a year of not playing.

Denver improved to 15-8 after the win.

This was a game that Anthony had thought might never happen, in fact, just recently during the NBA hiatus, the Trail Blazers veteran opened up, admitting that he felt like he "hit rock bottom" when his career was in limbo and he was searching for a team to give him another shot.

In his first time back to Denver since he returned from his one-year hiatus, the question on everyone's mind was how would he be received...

We got the answer.

Nuggets fans had buried the hatchet.

Anthony played for Denver for 7 1/2 years before being traded to New York.

Melo's time in Denver eventually soured when speculation began in the 2010–11 season that he wanted out of Denver. It led to some tumultuous times before the trade to the Knicks eventually occurred in February of 2011. 

But, that day on Dec. 12, 2019, there were no grudges.

And, just as the Nuggets fans showed Melo love, the Denver media showed up in droves wanting to hear from the player they used to cover.

Prior to the Blazers taking on the Nuggets, Melo told reporters that if there would've been a chance for him to reunite with the Nuggets, he was “open to it.”

We talked about it. People in my circle were like, ‘Go back to Denver.’ If it was that easy I probably would’ve done it. A lot of things came into play when it comes to that, kind of out of my control at that time, the timing was off. Similar to Portland, the timing has always just been off. All of the sudden that window of opportunity was there [in Portland]. -- Carmelo Anthony

Denver was Anthony’s third-consecutive game against one of his former teams over that week span in early December. Portland lost to Oklahoma City earlier in the week before beating New York and then making their way to Denver.

During that morning’s shootaround at the Pepsi Center, the 2013 NBA scoring champ, spoke highly of his time in the Mile High City.

“I don’t think I can ever stop appreciating not just the organization but the city as a whole. We were at a point in time where it was a shift, the team had just only won 17 games prior to when we came in. We kind of started or created a different culture here. The uniforms changed, we changed the colors of the uniform, the vibe in Denver was different, the aura in the city, the energy was different. We were a part of that change.”

The Melo Effect was quickly visible after he was selected third overall in the 2003 NBA draft.

The Nuggets improved their win total by twenty-six games in Anthony's rookie season. They had a winning record, they made the playoffs. Melo averaged 2.1 points and 6.1 rebounds, he was the clear reason for their turnaround.

And now there’s just one thing missing in Denver, at least according to Anthony:

The No. 15 hanging from the rafters.

The former Nuggets forward believes it would be fitting to have his number retired in Denver.

This is where it should be retired to be honest with you, just my opinion… I think that the history is here, it’s where it all started. -- Carmelo Anthony after the Dec. 12 game.

Denver has not made such arrangements. Nuggets All-Star center Nikola Jokic currently wears No. 15.

Melo joked that could be a problem.  

“Maybe not because Jokic got 15 now. We’ll see, man. We still got time,” Melo laughed.

Yes, the Nuggets still have time for a man who gave them his heart and soul for seven-and-a-half years.

Anthony played and started in 80 games during the 2005–06 season with the Nuggets, averaging 26.5 points (eighth, NBA), 2.7 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game.

That season CLUTCH MELO became a thing.

The year, Anthony made five game-winning shots in the last five seconds:

  • At Houston on January 8,
  • At home vs. Phoenix on January 10 
  • At Minnesota on February 24
  • At Indiana on March 15
  • At home versus the Los Angeles Lakers on April 6

The Blazers know about his game-winning buckets, sorry about your bad luck this season, Toronto.

But, for all the regular season success Anthony had with Denver, there wasn’t much in the way of postseason success. He holds an overall record of 17-38 in playoff games and 10 of his wins came during the Nuggets 2009 run to the Western Conference Finals before falling to the Lakers.

Really, though, who could blame Melo for wanting out of Denver? He hadn’t reached his goal of winning it all after being on the Mile High City for over seven years.

It took just one year in college.  

During the 2002–03 season, Melo’s freshmen year, he averaged 22.2 points and guided the Orange to their first-ever NCAA tournament title. 

He had said he was planning to play for Syracuse for a couple of more years before the season started, but after accomplishing his goal of winning a championship he knew he could move on.

The quest for an NBA championship continues now with Damian Lillard and Co.    

Because it sure doesn't seem like Melo is ready to move on.

(By the way, Tuesday’s Trail Blazers Classic Game features Carmelo Anthony vs. Brandon Roy in the epic 2009 Christmas Day battle between the Blazers and Nuggets. Check it out at 6:30pm on NBCSNW.) 

Be sure to check out the full Talkin’ Blazers Podcast with host NBA Champion Channing Frye and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon.

Trail Blazers documentary featuring the 1989-92 team set to air-- here's the details

Trail Blazers documentary featuring the 1989-92 team set to air-- here's the details

On the heels of The Last Dance sweeping the nation, it looks like NBA TV will attempt to capitalize on that wave. 

The network aired an advertisement for Basketball Stories: Rip City Revival during "The Match: Champions for Charity" golf match with Tom Brady and Phil Mickelson facing off against Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning. 

You can watch the trailer here

The documentary, set to air on Sunday, May 31 at 5:00 p.m. PT on. NBA TV, will tell "the untold stories behind the 1989-92 Portland Trail Blazers." 

The documentary secured interviews from Clyde Drexler, Terry Porter, Isaiah Thomas, and more to detail arguably the best three-season stretch in franchise history. 

It will be the next episode of the Basketball Stories series on the network that has previously released episodes on Kobe Bryant, the 2000 Slam Dunk Contest, the 1988 Slam Dunk Contest and the 2010 decade and aims to "take fans down memory lane featuring incredible moments, stories and conversations from the greatest to ever play the game."

The documentary will cover the Portland Trail Blazers teams that won the western conference in 1990 and 1992 before losing to the Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls respectively. It'll also presumingly cover the 1990 Western Conference Finals defeat to the Los Angeles Lakers that many feel cost the Blazers a second franchise championship. 

NBA TV has previously put out critically acclaimed documentaries such as Dream Team, Clutch City, and more. 

Be sure to check out the full Talkin’ Blazers Podcast with host NBA Champion Channing Frye and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon.

Nidal Nasser becomes first 2K League player to earn solo endorsement

Nidal Nasser becomes first 2K League player to earn solo endorsement

Nidal "Mama Im Dat Man" Nasser is just 22-years-old, but the NBA 2K League star is reaching heights that no other player in league history has seen before.

Nasser was one of the best players in the league in Season 1, was named league MVP in Season 2, and is averaging more than 30 points and putting together another MVP campaign in Season 3. 

All that success has not gone unnoticed.

It was announced on Friday, May 23, that basketball apparel company POINT 3 Basketball had signed Nasser to an endorsement deal. 

In doing so, Nasser becomes the first player in NBA 2K League history to sign a solo endorsement deal.  

The Blazer5 star took to social media to make the announcement and thank those that have made it all possible.

POINT 3's apparel is specifically designed to absorb sweat and keep athletes dry, something that comes in handy in eSports. The last thing a gamer wants is sweaty palms, and POINT 3 can help address the matter.

Said Nasser in an interview with ESPN, "There's moments throughout the game where your hand just becomes so moist, because you're gripping on the controller so hard, you don't realize it... The grip you have on your controller allows you to make those quicker reflexes. It's so hard to explain, but that's the biggest difference. It's kind of like a gaming edge."

The move is big for not only Nasser, but for the NBA 2K League as a whole. It could provide the framework for other players to seek solo deals as well, bringing in a revenue stream for gamers that was once thought impossible. 

Many of our parents told us otherwise, but Nasser is proving to the masses that you can make money and make a living playing video games.

Be sure to check out the full Talkin’ Blazers Podcast with host NBA Champion Channing Frye and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon.

NBA in talks with Disney to resume season late July in Orlando

NBA in talks with Disney to resume season late July in Orlando

The NBA continues to take steps towards getting back out onto the floor.

Saturday morning, NBA spokesperson Mike Bass stated the NBA was in talks with Disney about playing out the remainder of the season at its ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.

"The NBA, in conjunction with the National Basketball Players Association, is engaged in exploratory conversations with The Walt Disney Company about restarting the 2019-20 NBA season in late July at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida as a single site for an NBA campus for games, practices and housing," Bass said. "Our priority continues to be the health and safety of all involved, and we are working with public health experts and government officials on a comprehensive set of guidelines to ensure that appropriate medical protocols and protections are in place."

According to ABC News, another subsidiary company of Disney, it's unclear if the NBA will play out the remainder of the regular-season or go straight to the postseason. According to Keith Smith, Disney wants to host the NBA as long as the league needs and will "be ready when they need us to be."

The NBA season has been indefinitely suspended since March 11th when Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19 just before the Jazz tipped off against Oklahoma City. Progress towards playing games has been minimal since then due to the lack of certainty around the timeline of the pandemic and the ability to secure the mass testing necessary to conduct games.

Heading straight into the postseason would mean NBA players would most likely miss out on a significant portion of their pay.

In Early April, Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum said that the players were "on pace to lose about 23.5 percent of income of this season." Then, on April 17, the NBA and NBA Player's Association agreed to have future paychecks be reduced by 25% to account for the season's suspension. 

In May, the NBA began reopening team facilities for players to workout under strict safety conditions such as only individual workouts, social distancing of 12 feet, players must wear face masks at all times, except when engaged in physical activity, staffers working with players must wear gloves, no more than four players in the facility at a time and one per basket, and each team must assign one senior executive to the position of “Facility Hygiene Officer.”

Portland was one of the first teams to open their facilities’ doors

When it opened on May 8 a total of nine players out of the 11 who are still in the area showed up to use the Trail Blazers practice facility. Anfernee Simons, Trevor Ariza and Hassan Whiteside are all not currently in Portland but will be recalled back in early June.

Walt Disney World and Las Vegas have been the two leading contenders for the NBA to finish out the season but it appears like the league will be Orlando bound.

Trail Blazers shooting guard CJ McCollum has said multiple times that he is in favor of the idea of playing out the rest of the season at a single site.

If it's safe and they're able to pull it off, I wouldn't mind playing in one city. It'd kind of give you those NCAA Tournament vibes a little bit. -- CJ McCollum

He had expressed concerns at playing in Vegas stating “I think if you did it in Las Vegas you’d have to shut down the strip. I don’t know where you could find an area that’s completely isolated from outsiders. And that’s the problem that I think MLB and most sports are facing.”

For the Blazers to continue their season, the league would need to play games leading up to the postseason, such as finishing out the regular-season or having a play-in tournament to determine the final playoff berths. Portland currently sits 3.5 games behind the Memphis Grizzlies for the eighth seed in the Western Conference. 

Be sure to check out the full Talkin’ Blazers Podcast with host NBA Champion Channing Frye and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon.

Why the Portland Trail Blazers were the bigger threat than the Memphis Grizzlies in playoff picture

Why the Portland Trail Blazers were the bigger threat than the Memphis Grizzlies in playoff picture

With just 17 games remaining on the 2019-20 NBA regular season schedule, before the season was indefinitely suspended, the playoff picture was beginning to take shape. 

The Western Conference, per usual, was more difficult to see what the postseason would look like with so much talent and just the Los Angeles Lakers had clinched a playoff berth by the time of the suspension.

Every game mattered towards the bottom of the Western Conference playoff picture with several teams in a tight race for the eighth spot: Memphis Grizzlies (32-33); Portland Trail Blazers (29-37); New Orleans Pelicans (28-36); Sacramento Kings (28-36); San Antonio Spurs (27-36) and Phoenix Suns (26-39).

Whoever that eighth seed would have been, would have had a date with LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round. We do know one thing, LeBron didn’t want that date to be with Damian Lillard.

I know this, the Lakers are a really good team and would rather see the Grizzlies than see the big, battle-tested, physical, veteran Trail Blazers. — Channing Frye

Here's what LeBron James said in March about running into Portland in the playoffs:

You got a Dame Lillard who can go for 50, a CJ McCollum that can score 40, a Carmelo Anthony that if he gets hot, which we know in the postseason could go for 35/40 as well... When you have that type of experience with Portland, they can make things happen. — LeBron James

[RELATED]: LeBron James thinks the Portland Trail Blazers would be a tough 8th seed to beat

He's not wrong and here's why:

One, remaining schedule.

There were 17 games remaining on the 2019-2020 NBA regular season schedule. Of those 17 games, Memphis was to play six teams with a below .500 record. Portland had nine out of 17 upcoming opponents under .500. 

Two, experience.

According to the 2019-2020 NBA roster survey, the Grizzlies are the sixth-youngest team in the NBA with an average age of 24.99 years old, slightly below the overall average of 26.18 years old. Portland’s average team age is 26.79 years old.

Not to forget that The Bosnian Beast Jusuf Nurkic was one game away from making his highly-anticipated debut back to the court following a gruesome injury last season just before the pandemic hit. The Blazers would have had Nurk playing down the stretch. Plus, Zach Collins was close to return following his shoulder injury earlier this season. 

Obviously, when you think about the Portland Trail Blazers, nobody gets a bigger jolt from where they were roster-wise from when this thing stopped to when they’ll resume with Nurkic and Zach Collins being available. No one gets a bugger jolt to their rotation than the Portland Trail Blazers. — Dan Sheldon 

And there’s no film on them. So now you’re like ‘Hey Hassan Whiteside you start, bring big Nurk off the bench.’ I don’t care what team, that’s a ridiculous one-two punch. Or visa versa depending on what’s best for your team. — Channing Frye

Ridiculous indeed, but for now, Rip City and the rest of the NBA will just have to patiently wait for that time to come.

Also, just a friendly reminder of what happened the last time Portland played Los Angeles:

Be sure to check out the full Talkin’ Blazers Podcast with host NBA Champion Channing Frye and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon.