Rapid Reaction: 3 Quick Takeaways from the Trail Blazers win over the Philadelphia Sixers

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Rapid Reaction: 3 Quick Takeaways from the Trail Blazers win over the Philadelphia Sixers

PHILADELPHIA – It was a 10am pacific tip-off on Saturday as the Trail Blazers visited the Philadelphia 76ers, but it looked like Portland had already adjusted nicely to the East Coast time change.

Saturday’s game was close throughout the first half, yet the Blazers put up 41 points in the third and cruised to a 130-115 win over the Sixers to improve to 2-0 on their current seven-game road trip and snag their third straight victory overall.   

Final Box Score: Trail Blazers 130, Sixers 115 

Here are some quick thoughts from the Blazers second straight road win:

 

1.Simmons is gonna need to develop a three-point shot at some point, right?

With Sixers All-Star wing Ben Simmons not being a threat to shoot the three-point ball at all meant Maurice Harkless or whoever had the defensive assignment on Simmons at the time was really able to sag off him. You don’t see that hardly at all in the modern-day NBA. With that though the Blazers were able to help off Simmons more and focus on Tobias Harris and Jimmy Butler, especially early on.

 

2. The Layman factor

What a sequence it was for Jake Layman early in the second quarter.

With Evan Turner out for Saturday’s game because of knee sorness, Layman and Rodney Hood saw the floor a little bit more.

Layman showed once again why he has earned a spot in the Blazers’ rotation.

Layman drove to the hoop hard and finished with a driving dunk that seemed to stun the 76ers crowd at the 10:11 mark of the second. He then followed that up two possessions later with a block on Sixers All-Star Jimmy Butler.

The block on Butler is just another play that proves Layman has made a point to improve on the defensive end. So often, the talk is all about Layman’s offense – his dunks, his back-cuts, his rainbow threes – which makes sense, but people should really start examining his defensive efforts. The stops and the blocks on that end are probably more of a reason why coach Terry Stotts has been giving him even more of an opportunity.

According to the referees in Philly though, Layman was a little too aggressive. He got into early foul trouble, picking up his third foul at the 2:46 mark of the second quarter. Layman still stayed aggressive and since the Blazers started blowing out the Sixers late in the third quarter, Layman wasn’t needed much late down the stretch.

 

3. Blazers gobble up offensive rebounds

At the end of the third quarter, 17 of the Blazers’ 44 rebounds were offensive. Portland also outscored Philadelphia 50-44 with points in the paint after three, which meant the Blazers were taking advantage of Joel Embiid not playing due to knee soreness.

The 76ers, on the other hand, were unable to get very many extra possessions. At the end of the third period, Philadelphia had just four offensive rebounds and only totaled 23 rebounds at that point.

One last thing – the second half turned into a dunk fest for the Blazers and Philly fans were not happy about it. The crowd let out some loud boos when the Sixers called a timeout at the 10:31 mark in the fourth with the Blazers up 21 and then later in the game as well.

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Zach Collins gets approval from NBA to continue rehab at practice facility

Zach Collins gets approval from NBA to continue rehab at practice facility

Current Trail Blazers and even former Trail Blazers are rocking Portland Gear these days.

Sunday afternoon, Trail Blazers big man Zach Collins joined the owner of Portland Gear Marcus Harvey on their live Instagram feed.

Mustache and all.

Yep, Collins is now rocking facial hair... Well, some facial hair. 

So, of course, the live video started off with a lot of mustache talk.

“I don’t want to hear it. If you hate it, I don’t want to hear it,” Collins joked.

“This is all I got. This is all I have to work with… It’s really bad, but it’s the most I’ve ever had,” Collins said with a smile.

Later in the 45-minute conversation, Harvey and Collins got back to talking about the mustache.

“I don’t think I’m built for facial hair,” Collins joked.

“I don’t know if you can have good facial hair with a baby face."

That'll probably  be determined by the end of the NBA hiatus if Collins is still growing out his beard.  

As for his rehab, Collins mentioned that the NBA got approval to allow him as well as Jusuf Nurkic and Rodney Hood to be able to go to the team’s practice facility for rehab only.

Collins, Nurk, and Hoodie are allowed to go in the weight room for rehab.

“We can’t play basketball or anything, just be in the weight room,” Collins said.

It was back on Mar. 19, that the NBA shut down all team training facilities to combat COVID-19.

Video games, movies, home workouts -- those are the main staples in Collins' quarantined life at the moment.

The Trail Blazers big man is still hopeful that the 2019-20 season will restart.

I definitely don’t think they’ll cancel the whole season. -- Trail Blazers big man Zach Collins

“For sure,” Collins thinks he will be a back if the NBA resumes this summer. “I’m like 95 percent done with my rehab now, that’s what the trainers are telling me.”

April 5th will be the fifth-month mark since Big Z underwent successful surgery to repair his left labrum.

At 22 years old, the Gonzaga alum is happy that he had shoulder surgery after going back-and-forth on the decision.

“I think long-term it was the right thing just because like I would’ve had to deal with it the rest of the year if I was out for a few weeks…  If I come back and hurt it again and then do the surgery, now the rehab is going into the summer. It’s bad timing either way.”

Now with the NBA hiatus, having the surgery soon after suffering the injury, the Blazers will get a healthy Collins back if the season starts up again this summer.

Plus, this we know: It’s good timing right now to try and grow that facial hair, Zach! 

Social Media Reaction to Brandon Roy's 4Q comeback: So much excitement and sadness

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Social Media Reaction to Brandon Roy's 4Q comeback: So much excitement and sadness

Rewatching the first three quarters of the April 23, 2011 Trail Blazers and Mavericks first round Game 4 made fans appreciate Portland's fourth quarter comeback even more.

The Blazers shot 28 percent from the floor through two and a half quarters.

In the third quarter alone, Portland went 3-of-18 from the field. 

So, instead of focusing on the game early on, Rip City Faithful was concentrating on the players that they love and miss.

In the first three games of the series, Dallas had outscored Portland by an average of, 94-89.
Those were some close games.

But then, the Blazers comeback happened in Game 4 after Portland was down by as many 23…

Or we should say, Brandon Roy HAPPENED!

 

The Trail Blazers outscored the Mavs, 35-15 in the final period and Roy finished with 24 points off the bench. LaMarcus Aldridge added 18. 

Roy’s 18-point-fourth-quarter performance will never be forgotten in Rip City. 

Hassan Whiteside imitating the 'lag' while playing NBA 2K on bad Wi-Fi is amazing

Hassan Whiteside imitating the 'lag' while playing NBA 2K on bad Wi-Fi is amazing

Since the start of the 2019-20 Trail Blazers season, Portland’s starting center Hassan Whiteside has been making us all laugh.

Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, and Anfernee Simons have all mentioned that Whiteside is one of the funniest dudes on the team.

During the NBA’s hiatus, he is continuing to keep Rip City entertained.

In his latest Instagram post, Whiteside makes fun of the lag on NBA 2k video games when playing the game with a bad Internet connection.  

Here is what it’s like playing NBA 2k “on that hotel Wi-Fi,” according to Whiteside:  

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That LAG spike🥴😂 #nba2k

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That is pretty hilarious and pretty spot on.

Sometimes I wonder how he comes up with this stuff!  

Here are just a few other Hassan Whiteside social media posts that can put a smile on your face during this time of quarantine:

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Mood

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Stay Bundled

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Keep them coming, Hassan! 

Damian Lillard isn't afraid of Russell Westbrook

Damian Lillard isn't afraid of Russell Westbrook

The date was April 23rd, 2019. 

On that night, Damian Lillard dropped a 50 piece on the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5 of the first round of the NBA Playoffs. 

The game is best known for what happened at the final buzzer. That is when Lillard launched what is now known as the "Bad Shot."

Lillard rose up from the Moda Center logo, launched a shot over the outstretched arm of Paul George, and sent OKC home. 

The result was the Thunder hitting the reset button in the offseason. 

They traded Paul George to the LA Clippers, and the face of the franchise Russell Westbrook was sent to Houston.

A year later, OKC fans are still salty. 

"PAT BEV TRICK YALL MAN," if that is his real name, is definitely a Westbrook Stan.

What gives it away? Maybe it's the @TripleRussell0 handle, or the Westbrook avatar, or maybe it's the Westbrook banner. We can't quite put our finger on it. 

Regardless, Rip City saw the tweet and was more than a little perplexed. 

After dispatching the Thunder, Portland went on to play in its first Western Conference Finals in nearly 20 years. 

It seems like wanting no part of Westbrook worked out pretty well for Lillard.

Damian Lillard shares heartfelt message to Dame Jr. on his 2nd birthday

Damian Lillard shares heartfelt message to Dame Jr. on his 2nd birthday

On this day in Trail Blazers history... we welcomed a new addition to Rip City!

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Dame Jr. 🙏🏽

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Damian Lillard and now fiancée Kay’La Hanson greeted Damian, Jr. to the world and since then, he's melted our hearts. 

On this day in Trail Blazers history... we welcomed a new addition to Rip City!

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Dame Jr. 🙏🏽

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Damian Lillard and now fiancée Kay’La Hanson greeted Damian, Jr. to the world and since then, he's melted our hearts. 

The two have a very sweet connection. 

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No bond like the father and son !

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And Dame doesn't seem to mind that his son always steals the spotlight!

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#somethingnewchallenge😂😂😂😂

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And on this day, Dame Jr.'s day of birth, Damian Lillard, Sr. shared a series of photos of his son. 

Happy birthday, Dame Jr.!!!

 

How to Watch: Brandon Roy's 4th quarter comeback vs. the Mavericks

How to Watch: Brandon Roy's 4th quarter comeback vs. the Mavericks

Are you ready for another special moment in Trail Blazers history?  

Let’s go back to April 23rd, 2011 at the Rose Garden…. You know it as the magical Game 4 performance from Brandon Roy.

Roy scored Portland’s final eight points to cap off a huge fourth-quarter rally, as the Trail Blazers erased a 23-point deficit to defeat the Dallas Mavericks, 84-82.

In that classic Western Conference quarterfinal game, Roy scored 24 points off the on 9-of-13 shooting.

The Blazers entered the fourth quarter down 67-49.

And now you can relive the Roy go-ahead bank shot in the Blazers comeback victory on NBC Sports Northwest.

Dallas would eventually go on and beat the Blazers in six gams, and then win the whole thing, being crowned the 2011 NBA Champions after defeating the Miami Heat 4 games to 2 in the NBA Finals. Dirk Nowitzki was named NBA Finals MVP.

But, in Game 4 of the Blazers and Mavs first round series the real MVP was B-Roy.

And honestly, this game always gets Rip City pumped not just for the playoffs, but anytime. 

Starters for 2011 NBA Playoffs Game 4:

DALLAS

DeShawn Stevenson

Shawn Marion

Dirk Nowitzki

Tyson Chandler

Jason Kidd

PORTLAND

Wesley Matthews

Andre Miller

LaMarcus Aldridge

Gerald Wallace

Marcus Camby

HOW TO WATCH Blazers vs. Mavs

WHEN: Sunday, March 29th at 4:30pm

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

CHANNEL FINDER

Stream the game here. 

NBC Sports Northwest is airing 12 Trail Blazers Classic Games over the next few weeks.

The full schedule can be found here.

The core value Carmelo Anthony emphasizes in parenting

The core value Carmelo Anthony emphasizes in parenting

Portland Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony isn't the young rookie sensation that competed with LeBron James for Rookie of the Year anymore.

He's developed as a player and perhaps more importantly, as a parent. 

As a parent, one is able to make decisions on what is important in life, a chance to learn from mistakes and an opportunity to see someone blossom.

In a recent Instagram Live with best friend Dwyane Wade, Anthony detailed what's the most crucial core value to instill in your offspring.

Respect. Respect. I don't care who you are. I don't care what you do. If you don't have no respect then nobody is going to respect you. And that's like one of the things that we preach in this household. You gotta respect people. You gotta show people that you're respectful. You gotta have manners. You gotta treat the janitor like you treat the CEO of the company... That's real. 

Carmelo and his wife La La Anthony are raising Kiyan Carmelo Anthony, age 12, who recently learned the deceptiveness of NBA highlights too with his pops. 

You can watch Wade and Anthony talk about respect in the embedded video above. 

Payton Pritchard would be a great fit with the Portland Trail Blazers

Payton Pritchard would be a great fit with the Portland Trail Blazers

Payton Pritchard, the kid from West Linn, has a habit of winning. 

Early on in his youth basketball days, four state championship at West Linn High School in Portland, Oregon, the winningest player at the University of Oregon… Pritchard knows and love the game of basketball through and through.

The Pac-12 Player of the Year, first consensus All-American in 80 years at Oregon, Lute Olson Award winner is now turning his focus to the NBA, with the NCAA season cut short. 

The Oregon men’s basketball star joins the latest Talkin’ Blazers Podcast with NBA champion Channing Frye and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon.

As a Portland native, Pritchard grew up a Portland Trail Blazers fan. 

But the player he truly aspired to be was Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade.

I always rooted for the Blazers but my team was actually the Miami Heat with D-Wade. I was always a D-Wade fan from the beginning even when like Shaw and all them were there, before LeBron came. — Payton Pritchard

Despite Pritchard’s love for Wade and the Heat, Frye explains that Pritchard could be a good fit for a number of NBA teams right now:

I could name three teams off the top of my head I think you'd be good at. I think you'd be great here in Portland. Right? Backup point guard. I think you would be really good in Phoenix. Obviously, depending on what happens in Miami, those kind of places. Like, Miami would be number 3. And then, depending on what happens in Dallas, I think Dallas would be great. -- Channing Frye

I would love to play for any of those four teams. — Payton Pritchard.

Frye goes on to say it’s all about “culture and stability.”

The Portland Trail Blazers currently hold the No. 14 and No. 44 pick in the upcoming 2020 NBA Draft. Pritchard is listed as a late second-round pick.

You can listen to the full Talkin’ Blazers Podcast with Pritchard below:

Carmelo Anthony explains the most beautiful thing and most dangerous thing in the NBA

Carmelo Anthony explains the most beautiful thing and most dangerous thing in the NBA

In a recent Instagram Live with best friend and NBA Legend Dwyane Wade, Portland Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony broke down what he thought was "the most beautiful thing and most dangerous thing" in the NBA.

Highlights.

It all started when Melo was watching old replayed games with his son who recognized some of the NBA players.

He like 'Oh Dad is that so and so? I seen that hightlight.' And yeah you saw the highlight, Now you get to see the game, now you get to see what happened in the highlight. - Melo

However, with added context, the plays were not as impressive to the young viewer.

He was like 'Yo... Now that highlight don't even mean much to me no more....Because I'm actually seeing the lead up to the actual highlight.' - Melo

Melo was glad to see that his son understood that highlights can be deceiving because they're clips stripped away from context. Wade added that when his NBA teams went through film sessions, "every player looked like an All-Star" and each team looked like the 1996 Bulls. That's what highlights do.

Highlights are the most beautiful thing and most dangerous thing at the end of the day. - Melo

Then, Carmelo brought up that specifically AAU mixtapes can be misleading and that he'd rather just watch the game.

But that doesn't mean all highlights are bad. They can quite entertaining.

I support all the highlights because that's where we at and people love highlights. Like everybody loves highlights. We love highlights. We love to watch our own highlights. 

You can watch the exchange in the video embedded above.