Pregame Notebook: Blazers need to focus on pick and roll and three-point defense vs. Hawks

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Pregame Notebook: Blazers need to focus on pick and roll and three-point defense vs. Hawks

ATLANTA – Portland is looking to take advantage of the Atlanta Hawks playing in the second night of a back-to-back.

The Trail Blazers and Hawks will tip-off at 4:30p.m. PT tonight on NBC Sports Northwest and on the 'MyTeams' App

Blazers head coach Terry Stotts discussed tonight’s matchup in his pregame media availability.

Coach Stotts mentioned that Trae Young has been able to ‘navigate things easier and makes fewer mistakes.’ Stotts also made sure to add that his team has to respect Hawks big man John Collins from behind the arc because he has become a consistent three-point shooter. Stotts emphasized that Young and Collins have a good two-man game with their pick and roll action as well.  

Stotts also gave his thoughts on how the season has gone for second-year player Anfernee Simons. Simons is averaging 9.0 points, 1.5 assists, and 2.4 rebounds this season.   

“I think he’s going through what you’ve kind of expect from a young player,” Stotts said. “He’s had some good games. He’s had some tough times… Like a lot of young players getting a chance he’s been up and down.”

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BLAZERS INJURY REPORT:

Damian Lillard (right groin strain), Rodney Hood (left ruptured Achilles tendon), Zach Collins (left shoulder dislocation), and Jusuf Nurkic (left leg fracture) are out for Saturday’s game vs. Atlanta.

HAWKS INJURY REPORT:

DeAndre’ Bembry (abdominal pain), Clint Capela (plantar fasciitis), Dewayne Dedmon (right elbow pain), and Skal Labissiere (left knee chondral injury) are out.

STANDOUT GAME NOTES:

-- Thursday's meeting will round out the two-game series between the Trail Blazers and Hawks during the 2019-20 season. Portland leads the season series, 1-0.

-- The Trail Blazers have won four consecutive games against the Hawks, dating back to Jan. 5, 2018.

-- Portland and Atlanta rank second and third in the NBA in pick-and-rolls per game. The Trail Blazers run 27.3 pick-and-rolls per game, while the Hawks runs 26.7.

-- LAST MEETING: Portland defeated Atlanta in double-overtime, 124-113, at Moda Center on Nov. 10. Damian Lillard led Portland with 30 points (8-17 FG, 3-9 3-PT, 11-12 FT), seven rebounds, six assists and one steal, while Trae Young paced Atlanta with 35 points (9-30 FG, 3-13 3-PT, 14-17 FT), eight rebounds, 10 assist and three steals.

-- CJ McCollum scored 23 points (11-23 FG, 1-6 3-PT) to go with eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks in Portland's Nov. 10 win over Atlanta. McCollum has scored at least 20 points in six of his last seven games against the Hawks, with the exception coming when he scored 18 on Dec. 30, 2017.

-- Trae Young has scored at least 25 points in each of his three career games against Portland, including two games of 30-plus points. His 30.3 career scoring average against Portland is his third-highest against any team.

-- John Collins scored at least 20 points in both of his games against Portland during the 2018-19 season, averaging 20.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists over those two games. He missed the Nov. 10 game against the Trail Blazers.

Report: CJ McCollum suffered back injury in first NBA restart game vs. Memphis

Report: CJ McCollum suffered back injury in first NBA restart game vs. Memphis

The Trail Blazers are playing in a ‘win or go home’ game Thursday night against the Brooklyn Nets.

One concern heading into Thursday’s game has been the health of Blazers starting shooting guard CJ McCollum. 

On Tuesday, NBCSNW Trail Blazers Insider Dwight Jaynes reported McCollum had suffered a L3 vertebral transverse process fracture (non-displaced). It was first reported that McCollum suffered the injury in Portland’s fourth seeding game against Denver.

However, during Thursday’s Blazers and Nets game on TNT, sideline reporter and NBA Insider from Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes reported that McCollum suffered the back injury on July 31 in Portland’s first seeding game.  

 

Sources informed me McCollum actually suffered the injury in the first game of the Restart against Memphis when he dove for a loose ball and was kneed in the back by Jaren Jackson. He has been treated daily. --  Chris Haynes on CJ McCollum

 

According to Haynes, McCollum told him, ‘I’m not worried now. I can worry about it in the offseason.’

McCollum had just 8 points in the Blazers 134-131 win over Dallas Tuesday before the news broke, shooting just 2-14 from the field. He did sink two clutch free throws in the final seconds of Tuesday’s game. 

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[RELATED]: Injured or not, Damian Lillard believes in CJ McCollum

McCollum is off to a hot start against the Brooklyn Nets Thursday. McCollum scored 12 points in Portland’s do or die game. 

Portland leads Brooklyn, 73-67, at the break. 

Check out the second half action between the Blazers and Nets on NBCSNW right now. 

Carmelo Anthony earns 2019-20 Maurice Lucas Award

Carmelo Anthony earns 2019-20 Maurice Lucas Award

The Portland Trail Blazers announced Thursday before the Blazers and Nets tipped off in their final seeding game, that Carmelo Anthony has been named the recipient of the 2019-20 Maurice Lucas Award.

The award was presented to Anthony in Orlando by Trail Blazers president of basketball operations Neil Olshey and head coach Terry Stotts.

In the team’s press release, Olshey said, “Carmelo’s selfless attitude and leadership on and off the court make him an ideal recipient of this year’s Maurice Lucas Award,” while President & CEO of the Trail Blazers, Chris McGowan added, “Carmelo is an authentic leader both on and off the court and truly embodies what the Maurice Lucas award is about. His experience, knowledge, leadership and authenticity have been the perfect addition to the Trail Blazers and the city of Portland.”

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The annual Maurice Lucas Award was created in the 2010-11 season to “honor the Trail Blazers player who best represents the indomitable spirit of Maurice Lucas through his contributions on the court and in the community, as well as in support of his teammates and the organization.”

Melo has selected the Social Change Fund for the Trail Blazers to make a $5,000 donation to the organization in recognition of the award.

In his 17th season, Anthony signed with the Trail Blazers back on November 19, 2019. The 36-year-old is averaging 15.5 points (43.1% FG, 38.7% 3-PT, 84.5% FT), 6.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 57 games (all starts). Anthony (26,437 career points) has moved up to 15th on the NBA all-time scoring list this season and ranks second among active players in career scoring.

Melo has made a huge impact both and off the court for the Blazers this season. In the NBA restart, he is averaging 17.6 points and 6.9 rebounds. 

Former Trail Blazers All-Star Maurice Lucas passed away on October 31, 2010 at the age of 58. A beloved member of the franchise and Rip City. "The Enforcer" was a central figure on the Trail Blazers' 1976-77 NBA Championship team. Portland retired Lucas’ No. 20 on November 4, 1988.

PREVIOUS MAURICE LUCAS AWARD WINNERS

  • 2018-19 – Jusuf Nurkic
  • 2017-18 – Evan Turner
  • 2016-17 – Al-Farouq Aminu
  • 2015-16 – Ed Davis
  • 2014-15 – LaMarcus Aldridge
  • 2013-14 – Robin Lopez
  • 2012-13 – Damian Lillard
  • 2011-12 – Wesley Matthews
  • 2010-11 – LaMarcus Aldridge

Trail Blazers vs. Nets available for $4.99 via "Blazers Pass"

Trail Blazers vs. Nets available for $4.99 via "Blazers Pass"

Tonight’s Portland Trail Blazers’ game against the Brooklyn Nets, which tips off at 6 p.m. PT on NBC Sports Northwest, is available for purchase one time only as a single game on NBC Sports Gold’s “Blazers Pass” for $4.99. Starting now, fans can sign up for “Blazers Pass” to access tonight’s game (NBA regional restrictions apply).  

The Trail Blazers (34-39) currently sit in eighth place heading into tonight’s last game of the season restart against Brooklyn. The Trail Blazers would clinch the Western Conference’s eighth seed and a spot in the conference’s play-in series with a win. 

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Eye on the 8: It's win or go home for Trail Blazers

Eye on the 8: It's win or go home for Trail Blazers

It all comes down to Thursday evening.

And then it will come down to this weekend’s play-in games, but more on that later.

Now that the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Milwaukee Bucks, 119-106, AND the Phoenix Suns took down the Dallas Mavericks, 128-102, earlier today, the Portland Trail Blazers will need to win their game versus the Brooklyn Nets to secure a spot in the play-in games this weekend.

Yes, Trail Blazers All-Star point guard Damian Lillard is going to have his chance to shine Thursday night as he has been discussing the reality of the Blazers reaching the No. 8 seed in the West and that he didn’t want his team to come to Orlando for the NBA restart and waste their time.

Portland and Brooklyn tip-off at 6:00p.m. PT on NBCSNW.

If the Blazers win, they’ll be the No. 8-seed and will face the No. 9-seed Grizzlies in the first play-in game Saturday at 11:30a.m. PT.

Being the eight seed means Portland would need to win just one of the play-in games to advance to the playoffs.

If the Trail Blazers lose Thursday night, their season will be over as they will finish in the 10th or 11th seed out West depending on the result of the San Antonio Spurs-Utah Jazz game, which is being played as this article was written.

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It all comes down to this…

Watch Thursday’s Blazers-Nets game on NBC Sports Northwest, the Official Network of the Portland Trail Blazers with tip-off set for 6:00pm. Our coverage starts at 4:30pm with ‘Blazers Game Day’ followed by ‘Blazers Warm-up’ at 5:00p.m. and ‘Blazers Pregame’ at 5:30pm.

Plus, to wrap up a Blazers Game Day, check out ‘Blazers Outsiders’ immediately following the 'Blazers Postgame Show.'

Or if you can’t get to a TV, stream the game on our website or by downloading the MyTeams app!

Plus, for full coverage of Portland’s eighth and final seeding game make sure to follow Dwight JaynesJamie Hudson and our digital team throughout the day. Follow us on social for the latest updates. 

[RELATED]: Damian Lillard is making sure Blazers' Disney World trip isn't a 'waste of time' 

[RELATED]: CJ McCollum, playing with fracture in lower back, hits 2 free throws to seal win 

[RELATED]: Move over, Wilt Chamberlain -- make room for Damian Lillard in 60-point club 

CJ McCollum NOT listed on Blazers injury report despite back fracture

CJ McCollum NOT listed on Blazers injury report despite back fracture

The Trail Blazers will play ‘the most important game of our lives’ Thursday night vs. the Brooklyn Nets, and Portland is a heavy favorite to win. 

But one glaring concern is the health of Blazers starting shooting guard CJ McCollum. 

On Tuesday, NBCSNW Trail Blazers Insider Dwight Jaynes reported McCollum had suffered a L3 vertebral transverse process fracture (non-displaced), which occurred during Portland game vs. Denver on August 6. 

McCollum had just 8 points in the Blazers 134-131 win over Dallas Tuesday before the news broke, shooting just 2-14 from the field. He did sink two clutch free throws in the final seconds of Tuesday’s game. 

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The Trail Blazers were not available to the media Wednesday, so CJ’s status for Thursday’s game remained a mystery. When an injury report came out Thursday morning, McCollum was not mentioned, in any capacity. 

“CJ’s a warrior,” Lillard said of McCollum postgame Tuesday. “We know he’s a little banged up. We know he’s out there also giving everything that he got and he’s in the fight with us. He’s there. We appreciate every little thing that he’s capable of giving us at this moment until he get his situation right. So, we’ve just got to rally with him, help him through it… He’s shown a different type of toughness right now.”

The lone name on the Trail Blazers injury report was rookie Nassir Little, who will be OUT Thursday due to dehydration. 

Will McCollum be limited and could his status be updated closer to the game? Certainly. 

But playing through a back fracture speaks to the toughness Lillard eluded to. 

McCollum has an over/under of 18.5 points.  

You can catch Thursday's Blazers-Nets game on NBC Sports Northwest, the Official Network of the Portland Trail Blazers with tip-off set for 6pm. Our coverage starts at 4:30 p.m. with ‘Blazers Game Day’ followed by ‘Blazers Warm-up’ and ‘Blazers Pregame.’

You can also stream the game on our website or by downloading the MyTeams app!

And, for full coverage of the game make sure to follow Dwight JaynesJamie Hudson and our digital team throughout the day. Follow us on social for the latest updates. 

NBA Betting Odds: Trail Blazers vs. Nets in final seeding game

NBA Betting Odds: Trail Blazers vs. Nets in final seeding game

The Trail Blazers enter their final seeding game vs. the Nets 9.5 point favorites, according to the Caesars Casino & Sportsbook.

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Blazers Podcast with hosts Channing Frye and Dan Sheldon!]

Additionally, the over/under point total for the game is 229 points. Portland has averaged 123.2 points per game during the restart and Philadelphia has averaged 117 points per game. 

Following the Trail Blazers 134-131 win over the Dallas Mavericks Tuesday, point guard Damian Lillard called Thursday night's contest, "The most important game of our lives. We got to finish it out right. We control our own destiny and we know what we got to do.”

Damian Lillard, who is coming off tying a career-high in points at 61, is listed at over/under 37.5 points according to Action Network.  

Meanwhile, CJ McCollum, who is playing with a fractured back, has an over/under of 18.5 points.  

You can catch Thursday's Blazers-Nets game on NBC Sports Northwest, the Official Network of the Portland Trail Blazers with tip-off set for 6pm. Our coverage starts at 4:30 p.m. with ‘Blazers Game Day’ followed by ‘Blazers Warm-up’ and ‘Blazers Pregame.’

You can also stream the game on our website or by downloading the MyTeams app!

And, for full coverage of the game make sure to follow Dwight JaynesJamie Hudson and our digital team throughout the day. Follow us on social for the latest updates. 

Denver Nuggets troll LA Clippers by playing Damian Lillard’s music 

Denver Nuggets troll LA Clippers by playing Damian Lillard’s music 

Before a basketball game begins, it’s all a mind game. 

Ahead of Wednesday night’s game between the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Clippers, the Nuggets took advantage of trolling their opponent in the most ruthless way possible. While both teams warmed up, the Nuggets in-house DJ began playing some of Damian Lillard’s music. Yes, really. 

Paul George and Patrick Beverley were in their feelings as Dame D.O.L.L.A’s G.O.A.T spirit played in the arena, and honestly, you love to see it. 

Absolutely savage. 

The Nuggets petty move came just days after the Trail Blazers star exchanged jabs with the Clippers duo as the Blazers fell short to the Clippers 122-117. 

Beverley began taunting Lillard, shouting Dame Time, after he missed two free throws which gave Portland a chance to tie or take the lead. After the final buzzer, George mimicked Lillard’s hand wave from last year’s walk-off three in the first round of the NBA playoffs. 

The banter continued when George left a comment on a Bleacher Report post on Instagram directed to Lillard.

And you getting sent home this year. Respect – Paul George 

To which Lillard clapped back with

Keep switching teams… running from the grind. You boys is chumps. – Damian Lillard 

After the running beef flared up again, this time between family members, George and Lillard have reportedly set their differences aside

But that didn’t stop Lillard from exploding for 61-points against the Mavericks as the Trail Blazers snagged sole possession of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. 

Some disrespect from Beverley and George likely helped. Skip Bayless' recent comments probably added fuel to the fire too.

The Nuggets big flex ultimately didn’t help them beat the Clippers. But perhaps, finally, the Clips can put some respect on Lillard’s name.    

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Blazers Podcast with hosts Channing Frye and Dan Sheldon!]

How to Watch & Stream Blazers vs. Nets at 6pm

How to Watch & Stream Blazers vs. Nets at 6pm

It all comes down to the final seeding games in the West.

Which two teams will be playing this weekend in the play-in games and which team will be the No. 8 seed heading into Saturday's game?

We will know Thursday night.  

Heading into the final day of seeding games, four teams are within a half-game of each other for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

8. Portland Trail Blazers | Remaining schedule: Brooklyn (Win Percentage: 0.465)

9. Memphis Grizzlies (0.5 games behind)| Remaining Schedule: Milwaukee (Win Percentage: 0.458) 

10. Phoenix Suns (0.5 games behind)| Remaining schedule: Dallas (Win Percentage: 0.458) 

11. San Antonio Spurs (0.5 games behind)| Remaining schedule: Utah (Win Percentage: 0.457) 

Trail Blazers All-Star point guard Damian Lillard has put his team on his back with the Blazers eyeing the No. 8 seed. Portland has sole possession of the eighth spot following the Blazers’ 131-131 win over the Dallas Mavericks Tuesday in which Lillard dazzled.

The Blazers point guard finished with 61 points. He hit 17 of his 32 shots, went 9-of-17 from three-point range and made all 18 of his free throws.

And now it all comes down to Thursday’s battle of games in the Western Conference.

You can catch Thursday’s Blazers-Nets game on NBC Sports Northwest, the Official Network of the Portland Trail Blazers with tip-off set for 6:00pm. Our coverage starts at 4:30pm with ‘Blazers Game Day’ followed by ‘Blazers Warm-up’ at 5:00p.m. and ‘Blazers Pregame’ at 5:30pm.

Plus, to wrap up a Blazers Game Day, check out ‘Blazers Outsiders’ immediately following the 'Blazers Postgame Show.'

Or if you can’t get to a TV, stream the game on our website or by downloading the MyTeams app!

Trail Blazers vs. Nets is also available for a one-time purchase of $4.99 via "Blazers Pass."

Plus, for full coverage of Portland’s eighth and final seeding game make sure to follow Dwight JaynesJamie Hudson and our digital team throughout the day. Follow us on social for the latest updates. 

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Blazers Podcast as special guest Bill Walton joins hosts Channing Frye and Dan Sheldon]: 

  

Injury Reports:

The Nets have listed Chris Chiozza (right adductor; tightness) and Donta Hall (right ankle; sprain) as questionable, while Jamal Crawford (left hamstring; strain) is out for Thursday's game vs. the Blazers. 

For the Blazers, Nassir Little (dehydration) is out for Thursday's game.

Quote of the Week:  

 Sources told NBC Sports Northwest prior to Tuesday's game against the Mavericks that McCollum has been playing with a L3 vertebral transverse process fracture (non-displaced) since last Thursday. In layman's terms, he has a fracture in his lower back. He has played three games since the injury.

Following Tuesday’s win, Damian Lillard discussed his confidence and appreciation for McCollum playing through pain when the Blazers need him as they make their final playoff push:  

He’s a little bit banged up. He’s making no excuses or looking for no way out. He’s thuggin' it out for the team and being out there for us, and fortunate for us, him doing that meant he was out there for those last free throws and came through for us. -- Trail Blazers All-Star Damian Lillard on CJ McCollum

Top Game Notes: 

  • All-Time: Trail Blazers lead, 64-25
     
  • Thursday's game will be the second of two meetings between the Trail Blazers and the Nets during the 2019-20 season. Brooklyn leads the season series, 1-0.
     
  • Last Meeting: The Nets defeated the Trail Blazers in Portland on Nov. 8, 119-115. Damian Lillard scored what was then a franchise-record 60 points (19-33 FG, 7-16 3-PT, 15-15 FT) to go with four rebounds and five assists in the loss. Spencer Dinwiddie led the Nets with 34 points (12-27 FG, 4-8 3-PT, 5-5 FT), five rebounds, four assists and a steal in 35 minutes of the bench.
     
  • Damian Lillard has scored at least 31 points in three of his last four games against the Nets. He has topped 30 points in six of his 15 career games against Brooklyn.
     
  • In his last four games against the Nets, Jusuf Nurkic has averaged 27.3 points, 12.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.75 blocks.
     
  • CJ McCollum was held to eight points (4-19 FG) and five rebounds in the Nov. 8 meeting. • Joe Harris scored 14 points (5-12 FG, 2-4 3-PT, 2-2 FT) to go with five rebounds, one assist and one block against Portland on Nov. 8.

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Eye on the Eight: How the Blazers can get the 8th seed, 9th seed, or be eliminated

Eye on the Eight: How the Blazers can get the 8th seed, 9th seed, or be eliminated

For the NBA, the race for the eighth seed could not have gone better.

All the postseason matchups in both conferences were set following Wednesday's games with the exception of who will face the West's top-seeded Los Angeles Lakers in the first round. The LA Clippers clinched the West's second seed with a 124-111 win over the Denver Nuggets, who are now locked in with the three seed.

Here are the Westen Conference playoff match-ups:

No. 1 Lakers vs. No. 8 ????

No. 2 Clippers vs. No. 7 Mavericks 

No. 3 Nuggets vs. No. 6 Jazz

No. 4 Thunder vs. No. 5 Rockets 

Heading into the final day of seeding games, four teams are within a half-game of each other for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. 

8. Portland Trail Blazers | Remaining schedule: Brooklyn (Win Percentage: 0.465)

9. Memphis Grizzlies (0.5 games behind)| Remaining Schedule: Milwaukee (Win Percentage: 0.458)

10. Phoenix Suns (0.5 games behind)| Remaining schedule: Dallas (Win Percentage: 0.458)

11. San Antonio Spurs (0.5 games behind)| Remaining schedule: Utah (Win Percentage: 0.457)

Due to the season's suspension, not all teams played the same number of games so the first tiebreaker is win percentage which favors Portland in each matchup.

Then, it will go to head-to-head record, followed by division record if in the same division, then conference record, then conference record against playoff teams, then record against playoff teams in the East, and then net rating.

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Blazers Podcast with hosts Channing Frye and Dan Sheldon!]

Play-in games are a guarantee for the eighth seed in the West since the nine seed will definitely finish within four games of the eighth seed. The eighth and ninth seeds in the West will face off on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. PT. If the eighth seed wins then they will advance to the first round of the playoffs to face the Los Angeles Lakers. If the ninth seed wins on Saturday, then the two teams will have a rematch on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. PT where the winner will advance to the postseason.

Here's what needs to happen for each team in the race for the eighth seed on Thursday to get the eighth seed, the ninth seed, or be eliminated. 

Portland will be seeded:

  • #8 if Blazers win OR Grizzlies, Suns and Spurs lose
  • #9 if Blazers lose and loss by any two of Grizzlies, Suns or Spurs
  • ELIMINATED if Blazers lose and wins by any two of Grizzlies, Suns or Spurs

Memphis will be seeded:

  • #8 if Grizzlies win and Blazers lose
  • #9 if Grizzlies win and Blazers win OR Grizzlies, Suns and Spurs all lose
  • ELIMINATED if Grizzlies lose and wins by either Suns or Spurs

Phoenix will be seeded:

  • #8 if Suns win and Blazers and Grizzlies both lose
  • #9 if Suns win and Blazers or Grizzlies lose
  • ELIMINATED if Suns lose

San Antonio will be seeded:

  • #8 if Spurs win and Blazers, Grizzlies and Suns all lose
  • #9 if Spurs win and loss by any two of Blazers, Grizzlies and Suns
  • ELIMINATED if Spurs lose

With four teams all playing one final seeding game on Thursday, there are 16 potential different outcomes of the four games. In nine of them, the Blazers are the eighth seed. In three of them, they are the ninth seed and in another three they are the tenth seed. Then, in one scenario they are the eleventh seed. 

Full playoff scenarios of who will play who can be found here depending on how each team wins.

[RELATED]: Breaking down NBA playoff scenarios for the 8th Seed in the Western Conference

Play-in games schedule:

Game 1: Saturday, August 15 at 11:30 a.m. PT

Game 2 (if necessary): Sunday, August 16 at 1:30 p.m. PT 

Next up: The Portland Trail Blazers will look to clinch the eighth seed against the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday, August 13th at 6:00 p.m. PT here on NBC Sports NW.