The Portland Trail Blazers 2019-2020 NBA Schedule is out!

The Portland Trail Blazers 2019-2020 NBA Schedule is out!

The wait is finally over! The 2019-2020 Trail Blazers Schedule has been released. You can check out the entire schedule below. Games televised on National TV are indicated and of course you can watch all the rest on the Official Network of the Portland Trail Blazers, NBC Sports Northwest. 

OCTOBER

Wed 10/23 vs. Denver 7pm ESPN

Fri 10/25 at Sacramento 7pm

Sun 10/27 at Dallas 4pm

Mon 10/28 at San Antonio 5:30pm

Wed 10/30 at Oklahoma City 5pm

NOVEMBER

Sat 11/2 vs. Philadelphia 7pm

Mon 11/4 at Golden State 7:30pm

Thur 11/7 at LA Clippers 7:30pm TNT

Fri 11/8 vs. Brooklyn 7pm

Sun 11/10 vs. Atlanta 6pm

Tue, 11/12 at Sacramento 7pm

Wed 11/13 vs. Toronto 7pm

Sat 11/16 at San Antonio 5:30pm

Mon 11/18 at Houston 5pm

Tue 11/19 at New Orleans 5pm

Thur 11/21 at Milwaukee 5pm TNT

Sat 11/23 at Cleveland 5pm

Mon 11/25 at Chicago 4pm

Wed 11/27 vs. Oklahoma City 7pm

Fri 11/29 vs. Chicago 7pm

DECEMBER

Tue 12/3 at LA Clippers 7pm TNT

Wed 12/4 vs. Sacramento 7pm

Fri 12/6 vs. LA Lakers 7:30pm ESPN

Sun 12/8 vs. Oklahoma City 6pm

Tue 12/10 vs. New York 7pm

Thur 12/12 at Denver 7:30pm TNT

Mon 12/16 at Phoenix 7pm

Wed 12/18 vs. Golden State ESPN

Fri 12/20 vs. Orlando 7pm

Sat 12/21 vs. Minnesota 7pm

Mon 12/23 vs. New Orleans 7pm

Thur 12/26 at Utah 7:30pm TNT

Sat 12/28 vs. LA Lakers 7pm

Mon 12/30 vs. Phoenix 7pm

JANUARY

Wed 1/1 at New York 4:30pm

Fri 1/3 at Washington 7pm

Sun 1/5 at Miami 3pm

Tue 1/7 at Toronto 4pm

Thur 1/9 at Minnesota 5pm

Sat 1/11 vs. Milwaukee 7pm

Mon 1/13 vs. Charlotte 7pm

Wed 1/15 at Houston 6:30pm ESPN

Fri 1/17 at Dallas 6:30pm ESPN

Sat 1/18 at Oklahoma City 6pm

Mon 1/20 vs. Golden State 7pm TNT

Thur 1/23 vs. Dallas 7:30pm TNT

Sun 1/26 vs. Indiana 6pm

Wed 1/29 vs. Houston 7pm ESPN

Fri 1/31 at LA Lakers 7:30pm ESPN

FEBRUARY

Sat 2/1 vs. Utah 7pm

Tue 2/4 at Denver 7pm TNT

Thur 2/6 vs. San Antonio 7pm

Fri 2/7 at Utah 7:30pm ESPN

Sun 2/9 vs. Miami 6pm

Tue 2/11 at New Orleans 5pm

Wed 2/12 at Memphis 5pm

Fri 2/21 vs. New Orleans 7:30pm ESPN

Sun 2/23 vs. Detroit 6pm

Tue 2/25 vs. Boston 7pm

Thur 2/27 at Indiana 5pm TNT

Sat 2/29 at Atlanta 4:30pm

MARCH

Mon 3/2 at Orlando 4pm

Wed 3/4 vs. Washington 7pm

Fri 3/6 at Phoenix 6pm

Sat 3/7 vs. Sacramento 7pm

Tue 3/10 vs. Phoenix 7pm

Thur 3/12 vs. Memphis 7pm

Sun 3/15 vs. Houston 12:30pm ABC

Tue 3/17 vs. Minnesota 7pm

Thur 3/19 vs. Dallas 7pm

Sun 3/22 at Minnesota 4pm

Tue 3/24 at Charlotte 4pm

Wed 3/25 at Detroit 4pm

Fri 3/27 at Boston 4:30pm

Sun 3/29 at Philadelphia 4:30pm

Mon 3/30 at Brooklyn 4:30pm

APRIL

Thur 4/2 vs. Utah 7:30pm TNT

Sun 4/5 vs. Memphis 6pm

Tue 4/7 vs. Cleveland 7pm

Thur 4/9 vs. Denver 7pm

Mon 4/13 at Golden State 7:30pm

Wed 4/15 vs. LA Clippers 7pm

How one man's custom Damian Lillard jersey meant more than just basketball

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How one man's custom Damian Lillard jersey meant more than just basketball

The Blazers opened up preseason play last week by traveling back in time and playing a game inside the "Glass Palace," aka Veterans Memorial Coliseum. 

Among the sea of black and red jerseys, disco outfits, and stylish suits straight from the 1970s, one custom jersey stood out like a sore thumb: A custom Damian Lillard jersey. 

Obviously, it wasn't the name on the jersey that had fans doing a double-take. Rather, it was the jersey the name was on. No, it wasn't a Blazers jersey. No, it wasn't a Weber State jersey. It wasn't even an Oakland High School jersey... Lillard's name was seen on the back of a Golden State Warriors jersey.

But this wasn't just some Hamptons Five fan pulling the ultimate troll. It was a fan that wanted to show his pride for everything Lillard means to the East Bay. 

The man behind the jersey is Segun De Silva. I had a chance to catch up with him before the game simply to ask why he wore the jersey. His answer came from the heart. 

De Silva proceeded to tell a story about how he loved Damian Lillard, but refused to wear a Trail Blazers jersey. He has his reasons, but he still wanted to find a way to show his love for Lillard. 

De Silva, an Oakland native, went to his roots. He picked a Golden State jersey not because he bleeds blue and gold, but because it represented his home town. How? Well, he didn't go with a jersey that said Warriors across the chest. He instead picked the alternate "The Town" jersey. A jersey made to represent more than the Warriors on the court, but the entire city of Oakland. 

Not only did it speak to Oakland, but it matched Lillard in a special way.

For those who don't know, "The Town" jersey features the Jack London Oak on the chest. The oak tree is an everlasting symbol of the city and also happens to be tattooed across Lillard's chest 

De Silva got Lillard's name on a Warriors jersey, but a jersey that had Oakland's nickname and Lillard's tattoo on it. For De Silva, it had nothing to do with basketball. 

Lillard is a hero in Oakland. As De Silva told me, "If he can leave Oakland and embrace a city like Portland, then I can too." Lillard, and fellow Oakland legends like Marshawn Lynch, are beacons of hope that show so many people what can happen when you dream big and put your mind to it. 

I asked Lillard what he thought about a fan wearing a custom Lillard/Warriors jersey to a Blazers game. He laughed at first. Then I told him De Silva's explanation and this is what he had to say:

That means a lot because I always tell people growing up in Oakland how much pride we had in successful people from our city. I'd go to school and everybody would swear up and down that Gary Payton was they uncle, or they was related to Jason Kidd, they was related to Antonio Davis.

They just wanted some type of attachment because that's the kind of pride that people have from Oakland. That shows exactly that. Just that sense of pride and him being proud of not only my success as a basketball player, but who I am as a man. He seems like he has a lot of respect for that.

It sounds like just an Oakland thing.

I tell this story simply to say, don't be so quick to judge. What looked like a troll, was a man with a story. A story we can all appreciate and understand. And if you don't get it, there is a reason why... It's an Oakland thing. 

Instant Analysis from the Trail Blazers 'dress rehearsal' in Utah

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Instant Analysis from the Trail Blazers 'dress rehearsal' in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY - The Trail Blazers officially played their second to last preseason game, but for the vets, it was likely the last 'real' basketball before the regular season gets here. 

Here are three takeaways from Dwight Jaynes who was on the scene in Utah:

1. Using Hassan Whiteside and Zach Collins together in the starting lineup is going to create matchup problems for other teams. That's a lot of size to contend with at both ends of the floor.

2. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum appeared to be ready to go for the regular season. And McCollum has extended his three-point range out a few feet.

3. The Blazers are going to have to continue to work on their perimeter defense. They are allowing too many open threes for their own good in a league where shooting more threes is going to be a big deal.

Note: Trail Blazer's center Hassan Whiteside left the game in the third quarter after rolling his ankle. He did not return. 

Check back here throughout the night and tomorrow morning for analysis, reactions and videos from the locker room!

Hassan Whiteside tweaks left ankle in preseason game at Utah

Hassan Whiteside tweaks left ankle in preseason game at Utah

On Monday, Hassan Whiteside told Dwight Jaynes the following in terms of his injured left ankle:

“Pain free as of about two days ago,” Whiteside said. “We had a tough practice today. We scrimmaged. A lot of live work. Like a real game. I love it.”

That all might have changed tonight in Utah though. Around the 8:45 mark of the third quarter, Whiteside appeared to roll his left ankle while securing a rebound. 

Blazers announced Whiteside (left ankle sprain) will not return tonight. This post will be updated when more information becomes available. 

Check back later for more updates from the team and from Dwight Jaynes who is on the scene in Utah. 

Trail Blazers in action vs. Jazz, follow us on social for live updates

Trail Blazers in action vs. Jazz, follow us on social for live updates

The Trail Blazers are calling it 'a dress rehearsal' in Utah on Wednesday night.

Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said this week, Wednesday’s preseason game will be more like a dress rehearsal with Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum playing their typical minutes.

Stotts also had this to say about the preseason overall, “I look at it as, ‘How are we playing? Are there more positives than negatives?’ Ultimately, I don’t think preseason wins and losses are an indication of your season.”

As Portland (1-2) gets set to face Utah (1-3) in the Blazers’ first road exhibition game on Wednesday at 6 p.m. PT, we will have you covered!

Our Trail Blazers Insider Dwight Jaynes is in Salt Lake City, and since the game is not on TV, you'll want to make sure you follow along on social.

How to Listen to the Game:

Catch all the action on Rip City Radio 620 with Travis Demers and Michael Holton.

Quote of The Week

Damian Lillard on what he expects to get out of Wednesday’s game vs. Utah:

“Closer to a real game. We’re going to play closer to our normal minutes. Obviously, having to face that altitude, seeing a division opponent and they’ve added a lot of guys, first road trip. It’s going to be a good thing for us.”

Quick Links

Here's how the Trail Blazers plan to approach exhibition game vs. Jazz

In preseason action, the Blazers are showing us who they're going to be this year

Trail Blazers rookie Nassir Little still favoring his left ankle

VIDEO: Whiteside still finding his footing with the Blazers

VIDEO: Impact or not, what do the Blazers see in Mario Hezonja?

VIDEO: At 39, can Gasol contribute to the Blazers front court?

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

Trail Blazers Pregame Notebook: A final tune up for the rotation players

Trail Blazers Pregame Notebook: A final tune up for the rotation players

Dwight Jaynes is on site in Utah as the Blazers prepare for what is likely their final meaningful preseason game. 

We caught up with Head Coach Terry Stotts during pregame and he talked about wanting to see the team simply play better.

He specifically called out the defensive end of the floor, especially coming off a "concerning" amount of three point attempts allowed last game vs. Phoenix. 

It is expected that the Blazers will use a very regular season like substitution pattern today. When asked about rotations for tonight, Stotts had this to say:

"I look for Dame and CJ to play 30 plus minutes."

Since the game is not on TV, you'll want to make sure you follow along on social and catch all the action on Rip City Radio 620 with Travis Demers and Michael Holton.

Quick Links

Here's how the Trail Blazers plan to approach exhibition game vs. Jazz

In preseason action, the Blazers are showing us who they're going to be this year

Trail Blazers rookie Nassir Little still favoring his left ankle

VIDEO: Whiteside still finding his footing with the Blazers

VIDEO: Impact or not, what do the Blazers see in Mario Hezonja?

VIDEO: At 39, can Gasol contribute to the Blazers front court?

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

Countdown to Tip-Off: Blazers edge Sixers in 2011 to keep the streak alive

Countdown to Tip-Off: Blazers edge Sixers in 2011 to keep the streak alive

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 victories in the 18-game home-opener win streak. Here is a look at what happened back in 2011 when the Portland Trail Blazers faced the Philadelphia 76ers in the home-opener.

Can’t remember what the NBA was like in 2011? Let’s paint the picture:

- Derrick Rose was the reigning MVP

- The Dallas Mavericks were the defending champions (2010); the Miami Heat won in 2011 4-1 over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

- Blake Griffin had just won Rookie of the Year

- Kyrie Irving was the No.1 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft (selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers)

- The Blazers had the No.21 pick and drafted Nolan Smith (Duke). They also drafted Jon Diebler (Ohio State) at No.51.

- Kevin Durant was the league's leading scorer (back-to-back seasons)

- LaMarcus Aldridge made the All-NBA 3rd Team

As for the Blazers home opener...

The Blazers opened up their home schedule and the 2011 season with the Philadelphia 76ers. LaMarcus Aldridge and Gerald Wallace were dominant down low: the two combined for 46 points and 16 rebounds. Six Blazers scored in double figured and Marcus Camby pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds. On the other side, the 76ers had seven players score in double figures. But Portland came away with the tight win, 107-103 at home over Philadelphia to extend their home win streak.

Also of note, Aldridge went on to finish the 2011 season averaging 21.7 points and eight rebounds per game.

Notable stats: 

Philadelphia -

Andre Iguodala – 22 points, 3 assists, 8 rebounds

Lou Williams (off the bench) – 25 points

Portland –

LaMarcus Aldridge – 25 points, 3 assists, 7 rebounds 

Gerald Wallace – 21 points, 9 rebounds

Wesley Matthews  – 16 points, 6 rebounds

Raymond Felton – 12 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists

The Blazers would finish the season 28-38, good for the eleventh-best record in the Western Conference and would miss the playoffs. 

In preseason action, the Blazers are showing us who they're going to be this year

In preseason action, the Blazers are showing us who they're going to be this year

After a few Portland Trail Blazers preseason games, their offense looks much the same. The bones of what Terry Stotts puts onto the court in his Flow system still underpin their success; High post screeners set picks for guards arcing around the 3-point line; Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum penetrate deep off the pick-and-roll; shooters float to the edges. It's all there, but so too have changes come now that several former high-volume players have been painted out of the picture.

Most notable has been the change at the wing position. Rodney Hood looks a bit more comfortable now that he's signed a new contract and he knows he's going to stay with the Blazers. In the preseason action we've seen already, Hood has done quite a bit of dribbling, an interesting addition given how many minutes we expect him to play with both Lillard and McCollum.

Before every season there's always talk about this being the year Portland's star guards start moving off-ball in the manner of the Golden State Warriors. But inevitably, as the season wears on and as games become more important, the ball ends up in the hands of either of the Blazers’ $100 million dollar men. The idea that Hood could change that dynamic is intriguing at this juncture, and a level of dynamism that perhaps we hadn't considered.

Having a third ball handler was all the Blazers could talk about when discussing Evan Turner a few years back. But Turner couldn't shoot, and it took several seasons just to find where he was most effective, in a bench role as that unit’s point guard. Meanwhile, a lot of analysis up to this point — including my own — has been about the direct shooting impact of Hood and Kent Bazemore. But if Portland can finally have a third ball handler on the floor, it will make it more difficult for opposing defenses to key in on Lillard and McCollum. That frees them up to, finally, act more as off-ball shooters. Even if it's not in set plays, Hood ability to run a pick-and-roll in unstructured half court sets naturally turns Portland's stars into off-ball gunners.

That's been a welcome combination with Bazemore's aggressiveness. As soon as the former Atlanta Hawks wing checked in with five minutes to go in the first game of the preseason, we saw what kind of impact his athleticism can have. Film analysis of Bazemore's game shows he's been one of the best steal men in the NBA, but what might be a great advantage to the Blazers this year is his propensity to dribble up the floor off turnovers and defensive rebounds alike.

Much in the same vein of how Draymond Green beat these Trail Blazers in the Western Conference Finals last year, Bazemore has the dexterity and size to grab boards himself and change the floor all at pace. This caused serious issues for the Denver Nuggets last week. Portland has played quick in practice this fall, and Bazemore could be an important factor in transition plays not led by McCollum or Lillard.

There's been a lot of positives to point to already, and the negatives haven't been that stark. The largest, glaring hole has been Hassan Whiteside, who's looked a bit lacking in energy to start the preseason. The team will chalk that up to the ankle injury he sustained in early October. Indeed, there were times when Whiteside’s looked like he wasn't willing to battle for position, and didn't hustle for possession on either side of the ball. But until we see a sustained version of Whiteside that looks like this, there's no sense rushing to predict a falling sky.

On the positive side, Whiteside does appear to have adapted to Portland's offense already. His passing hasn't been as crisp as you'd hope, but he knows how to set screens and is active in his second and third action as plays progress. Hitting the right windows in the passing game is all about timing, and Whiteside just hasn't had enough time working with his teammates or playing in Stotts’ offense to make a judgment on his efficacy just yet. If anything, his flubs have been expected, and the reason why the preseason exists is to iron out those wrinkles.

That same perspective can be applied to Portland on the defensive end of the floor, where there have already been some signs of hope. Both Zach Collins and Whiteside are so damn big that it’s made it difficult for teams to grab defensive rebounds even when they’ve positioned themselves well. This could not only lead to additional offensive chances for Portland, but slow opponents down in transition. The longer teams have to battle the two giants for rebounds, the less likely it is they get down on the floor and catch the rest of the Blazers off guard.

Preseason usually isn't one of my favorite times of the year. Fans gets all excited for basketball, but those of us working in media who have done this before are really waiting for Game 1 of 82 (Or perhaps the All-Star break). But this year in Portland is different, largely because much of this roster is different. The Blazers are a team of intrigue, and already in this short preseason have shown us a little bit of who they are going to be. The constituent parts are there, now we just need to see them hone themselves into a playoff contender. 

Here's how the Trail Blazers plan to approach exhibition game vs. Jazz

Here's how the Trail Blazers plan to approach exhibition game vs. Jazz

The Trail Blazers take on the Utah Jazz Wednesday night in Salt Lake City and it could be about as close to a regular-season game as you can get in the exhibition season.

Coach Terry Stotts plans to make it pretty close to a dress rehearsal for his team and it may be the final opportunity to do so. Portland finishes the preseason schedule Thursday night with a game in Denver, but because the Trail Blazers open the regular season against the Nuggets next week in Moda Center, Stotts isn’t expected to use his regulars for extended minutes, if at all.

Damian Lillard was asked what he expected to get out of the game against the Jazz.

“Closer to a real game,” he said. “We’re going to play closer to our normal minutes. Obviously, having to face that altitude, seeing a division opponent and they’ve added a lot of guys, first road trip. It’s going to be a good thing for us.”

Lillard, like so many other veteran players, is finding the preseason more difficult than he did when he was in his early years as an NBA player. It becomes much tougher to find the same intensity usually reserved for a regular-season game.

“I think you should,” he said. “But it’s hard to, when you know it’s not going to count. It gets harder every year. But I think this is as close to a regular-season game as you’re going to get to it.”

Coaches have the same sort of issues. They want to get their team ready for the regular season, yet they know they can’t risk injuries and they don’t want to give away insight into their team for regular-season scouting reports. But there are rotation and substitution questions to answer, too.

And in the case of Stotts, he won’t be too concerned with the team’s record in the non-counting games.

“I look at it as, ‘How are we playing? Are there more positives than negatives?’ Ultimately, I don’t think preseason wins and losses are an indication of your season,” Stotts said.

And then there’s the psychological aspects to a game like this.

Stotts was asked if he’d chase a win in this game if he found the score tied with a few minutes to go or just let it go.

“Over the years, there have been games where you don’t think it’s going to go that way,” he said. “But at some point, in the third or fourth quarter, both coaches say, ‘Let’s go for it.’ Both teams realize, this is how the games are going to go. I can’t say how the next two are going to go. But I’ve seen games where both teams, all of a sudden, decide, ‘Let’s go for a win.'”

But there’s the other side to that. There have also been games where one coach decides he’s going for it but then the other coach decides he doesn’t want to take a chance of losing a non-counting game and just goes to his bench and gives up on chasing the win. Better not to give a team some sort of psychological advantage by beating you in a game it knew you wanted to win.

“Yeah,” Stotts said, with a laugh. “Oh yeah. That happens. Honestly, that’s kind of a fun part of the preseason -- you can do those things without repercussions.”

Wednesday night we’ll likely know more about the Trail Blazers – and Utah Jazz – than we knew Tuesday. Or maybe we won't.

Trail Blazers rookie Nassir Little still favoring his left ankle

Trail Blazers rookie Nassir Little still favoring his left ankle

With just two exhibition games reaming for the Portland Trail Blazers, their only rookie Nassir Little will not be gaining more preseason experience.

Little has not practiced since spraining his left ankle last Thursday against Maccabi Haifa.

The 19-year-old was working with the training staff after Tuesday’s practice, but it was clear Little’s ankle was not 100 percent.

After practice, Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said, “If you were watching him, he’s still favoring his ankle. So, he won’t play in either game.”

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Little had to leave the game against Maccabi Haifa late in the first quarter after he went up for a layup and was fouled on the attempt. He landed awkwardly and was seen on the court holding his left leg.

There is no timetable on his return.

Coach Stotts also said Tuesday that Wednesday’s game in Utah will be more like a dress rehearsal with Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum playing their usual starting minutes.