Seth Curry reflects on losing to Steph, shares funny Game 4 moment

Seth Curry reflects on losing to Steph, shares funny Game 4 moment

Steph Curry is headed to his fifth straight NBA Finals.

Seth Curry is headed home for the summer.

The Warriors finished off their sweep of the Blazers in the Western Conference finals on Monday night, and await the winner of the Bucks-Raptors Eastern Conference finals.

Moments after overtime ended in Game 4, the Curry brothers shared a hug and exchanged jerseys before going their separate ways.

"Get it framed or something," Seth said when asked what he will do with Steph's jersey. "Definitely a special way to commemorate this series and this time. Like I said, I don't know if we'll ever be able to match up at this stage of the playoffs ever again, so it was a special time for both of us and something we'll always remember."

While there was quite a bit of chatter between the brothers on the court during the series, they likely won't talk for a while as Seth gets over the sting of his season ending. But once the NBA Finals are over, you can bet the two will get together and reflect on the experience of playing each other.

"I'm sure we'll talk about it," Seth told reporters in Portland after the game. "But just being able to match up against him and the Warriors, it's what you want as a competitor, and having it be against my brother makes it even more special for my family and something we'll remember for a long time. We don't know if this will ever happen again, so we just try to soak it in and compete at the same time."

In a high-pressure situation, the brothers were able to share a laugh. Steph went to the free throw line with 9:25 remaining in the fourth quarter, a situation he had been automatic in. Curry entered Game 4 having made 81 consecutive free throws in the fourth quarter or overtime of a playoff game.

Then he missed the first free throw and immediately turned to point at Seth. But it wasn't the younger brother who had something to say this time.

"Nah, actually he said something to me," Seth said. "He laughed [and said] 'Well, there you go.' He remember from a few games ago when I said he made however many in a row in the fourth quarter. Nah, it was just a funny time."

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Seth is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, so he may not be back with Portland. Maybe he'll end up on an Eastern Conference team and the Curry brothers can meet in an NBA Finals.

For now, the brothers can cherish this moment, even if it ended bitterly for the younger one.

Blazer5 Gaming falls to 4-3 after loss to Warriors Gaming Squad

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Blazer5 Gaming falls to 4-3 after loss to Warriors Gaming Squad

It was a tough night for Blazer5 Gaming on Friday as the squad dropped a three-game series to Warriors Gaming Squad and fell to 4-3 on the season. 

In Portland's defense, the team across the court from them came in with a perfect 5-0 record, and along with Raptors Uprising GC, is one of the best teams in the league. 

The Warriors came out on fire in Game 1, jumping to an early double-digit lead and Blazer5 never recovered as Warriors Gaming Squad cruised to the win.

Game 2 was much closer from start to finish, but a Blazer5 defensive showcase in the final minutes sealed the deal.

In the decisive Game 3, Warriors Gaming Squad repeated the success of Game 1. They jumped out to a huge lead and anytime Blazer5 got it back within striking distance, Warriors Gaming Squad would hit a clutch shot to balloon the lead back up.

Blazer 5, which has finished atop the regular-season standings in each of the past two seasons has hit a rough patch like they have never seen before. 

Granted, this season's win-loss standards are much different, this is the still the worst record Blazer5 Gaming has ever had. 

They have never lost three games in an entire season. let alone in the first seven matches. 

To make matters worse, after a 4-0 start, Blazer5 has dropped three in a row. 

Blazer5 revamped in the off-season to improve the team's offense, giving them one of the best offensive attacks they have ever had. However, it may have come at the expense of their defense. 

Over this losing streak, Blazer5 has struggled to get stops and had trouble on the glass. Two things that are normally easy for this squad. 

If ever there were a team better than their 4-3 record, it's Blazer5 Gaming. Can they bounce back?

We'll find out on Tuesday, June 10th, when they take on the Gen.G Tigers. 

Be sure to download and listen to the latest Talkin' Blazers Podcast with hosts Channing Frye and Dan Sheldon

NBA Players Association unanimously approves return to play format

NBA Players Association unanimously approves return to play format

The NBA’s return to play jumped over another hurdle Friday with the NBA Players Association voting today on the terms approved by the NBA Board of Governors Thursday. 

According to Charania, the NBAPA was united in their vote

The NBA Board of Governors’ vote of a 22-team resumption of play passed with a 29-1 vote. The Portland Trail Blazers were the only dissenters. CJ McCollum, who is the Trail Blazers team representative, applauded the front office and Jody Allen for listening to the players and their feedback ahead of the vote. 

"The Board of Player Representatives of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) has approved further negotiations with the NBA on a 22-team return to play scenario to restart the 2019-20 NBA season,” the NBAPA announced in a statement. “Various details remain to be negotiated and the acceptance of the scenario would still require that all parties reach agreement on all issues relevant to resuming play."

League sources tell NBCSNW that the schedule may not be released until later this month or perhaps in early July. 

The NBA is slated to resume play on July 31.

The NBA and the NBPA are working with infectious disease specialists, public health experts and government officials to establish a rigorous program to prevent and mitigate the risk related to COVID-19, including a regular testing protocol and stringent safety practices. The season restart is also contingent on an agreement with The Walt Disney Company to use Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida, as a single site for a campus for all games, practices and housing for the remainder of the season. 

In addition to regular testing, The Athletic's Shams Charania reported Wednesday that there will be various other medical protocols in place, including no guests permitted until the postseason, players not being allowed to shower in the arena and bench players sitting in spread-out rows. Still, the league and those who travel to Orlando would clearly be taking on health and safety risks by deciding to continue the season. 

The games will be played without fans. They will be televised with specific broadcast information yet to be announced.

Each team would play eight additional regular-season games, and the six teams involved that are not currently in a playoff position would be the Pelicans, Trail Blazers, Suns, Kings, Spurs and Wizards. If the ninth seed is within four games of the eight seed at the end of the regular season, there would be a play-in tournament to determine the final playoff spot. 

If teams are set to play one of the eight teams not included in the 22-team plan, they would move on to their next scheduled game.

The Trail Blazers currently in 9th place in the Western Conference standings, 3.5 games behind the Memphis Grizzlies.

This story is developing. 

Two Trail Blazers fans snuck into the 1977 Championship game... here is their story

Two Trail Blazers fans snuck into the 1977 Championship game... here is their story

The date was June 5th, 1977. 

The Portland Trail Blazers were about to host the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. 

The Blazers were the hottest ticket in town and fans would go to great lengths to see the action live. 

More than 12,000 fans filled Veterans Memorial Coliseum on that afternoon, with thousands more packing the streets outside. 

But two ticketless fans found a way to outsmart the system. 

For those listening to the TV broadcast that afternoon, or the replay aired on NBC Sports Northwest on Sunday, the finely tuned ear may have picked up on an epic story. 

In the final minutes of the game, play-by-play announcer Brent Musburger told the following story. 

"We had a basket of fruit brought over to the table for Rick (Barry) and I before the game and the note said it was from Sam and Phil. We later found out that Sam and Phil had come in through the back door and said they were florists delivering this to us. They just wanted to get into the basketball game." 

That's right, two fans were so eager to see the Blazers that they snuck in the back door, risking life and limb to see history. 

Ok, they may not have risked life and limb, but they did risk what would have been a stern punishment.

There was a risk, but there was also a reward. The pair got to be in the building on one of the most historic nights in Trail Blazers history.

With the security protocols used today, it would be nearly impossible to pull this off again. 

But for one night in 1977, Sam and Phil embodied what it meant to be part of Rip City, doing anything it took to watch the Blazers win it all. 

Memories from the Trail Blazers 1977 NBA Finals championship game

Memories from the Trail Blazers 1977 NBA Finals championship game

It was this day, June 5th, 43 years ago. The year was 1977 and was the most important and famous game in the history of the Portland Trail Blazers.
Game 6 of the 1977 NBA Finals -- when Portland became world champions of basketball for the one and only time in its 50-year history.
Many people have probably seen clips of the game, small snippets. But a replay of the entire game is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to see some of the greatest players in the history of the NBA show why they attained that stature.
So just in case you didn’t realize it, please note the following:

  • This is your chance to find out what the great Dr J, Julius Erving, was all about. The 76ers’ superstar hit 17 of his 29 shots from the floor, scored 40 points, had eight assists, six rebounds and two steals.
  • If you’ve never heard of him, Philadelphia’s George McGinnis, a legit star in the ABA and NBA, had 28 points and 16 rebounds.
  • And when you realize that the Sixers also had Doug Collins, Henry Bibby, Caldwell Jones, World B. Free, Darryl Dawkins, Mike Dunleavy and Joe (Kobe’s dad) Bryant on their roster, you will understand why they were overwhelming favorites to win the championship.
  • This Portland team had terrific balance and all five starters finished in double figures, but this is a chance to see just how good Bill Walton was. He finished with 20 points, 23 rebounds, eight blocked shots and seven assists in 42 minutes.
  • Bobby Gross was terrific on Erving, no matter how many points Doc scored.
  • Lionel Hollins could really play.
  • The Blazers blew a late lead and could have easily given this game away, which would have changed the course of franchise history.
  • Enjoy this game and relish its outcome.

HOW TO WATCH: Game 6 Trail Blazers vs. Sixers

WHEN: Friday, June 5 at 8:00pm 

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

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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.

How to Watch: Trail Blazers vs. 76ers 1977 NBA Finals Championship

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How to Watch: Trail Blazers vs. 76ers 1977 NBA Finals Championship

On the 43rd Anniversary since the Portland Trail Blazers won it all, let’s relive that championship game tonight on NBCSNW.

June 5th, 1977 -- The electricity was in the air in Portland, Oregon was fueled by BlazerMania!

It was Game 6 of the 1977 Championship and the Trail Blazers were one game away from hoisting the Walter A. Brown Trophy. 

After a 49-33 record during the regular season and a three-seed in the Western Conference, the Trail Blazers, led by first-year Jack Ramsey, which became a franchise in 1970, were in their first-ever playoff appearance.

In the first round, they defeated the Chicago Bulls after a series clinching shot by Lionel Hollins. 

In the second round, they downed a formidable Denver Nuggets team. 

The Trail Blazers handled the No. 1 Lakers 4-0 in the conference championship, as the Blazers would get their first-ever shot at an NBA Championship.

The Philadelphia 76ers were the only team to stand in their way. 

In Game 1 of the NBA Finals, the Trail Blazers committed 34 turnovers and lost.
They got blown out in Game 2. Maurice Lucas and Darryl Dawkins were ejected in that game after benches cleared. Lucas slapped Dawkins from behind after Dawkins and Bob Gross both went up for a rebound and wrestled each other to the floor. Lucas and Dawkins were ejected from the game. Philadelphia’s Doug Collins received four stitches after he caught a missed punch from Dawkins.

Down 2-0, one would think the road to an NBA title would be bleak. Momentum was on the 76ers side. 

But, this Trail Blazers team was a team of destiny. 

The Trail Blazers stormed back and won both games at home to tie the series at two games apiece. They went back to Philly and defeated the 76ers in Game 5. 

After arriving back in Portland, the Blazers were met by over 5,000 fans at the airport. 

And on a sunny Sunday afternoon, Game 6 tipped off in the Memorial Coliseum.

You know what happens next…

Starters:

Philadelphia

  • Julius Irving
  • George McGinnis
  • Doug Collins
  • Henry Bibby
  • Caldwell Jones

Portland

  • Lionel Hollins
  • Bill Walton 
  • Bob Gross
  • Maurice Lucas
  • Johnny Davis

HOW TO WATCH: Game 6 Trail Blazers vs. Sixers

WHEN: Friday, June 5 at 8:00pm 

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

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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 attends Black Lives Matter protest in Portland

Damian Lillard attends Black Lives Matter protest in Portland

With a nationwide outcry against systemic racial injustice in the USA, police brutality and the death of George Floyd, NBA players across the nation have taken action on social media and been seen demonstrating in protests around the country.

Trail Blazers All-Star point guard was among the thousands of people in Portland on Thursday night participating in a peaceful protest throughout the city.

Lillard was first seen in a Twitter video from KOIN 6 photographer Richard Roberson protesting outside of Revolution Hall in SE Portland.  

Floyd, a black man, was killed on May 25th after a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, planted his knee on Floyd's neck against the ground for more than eight minutes. Chauvin was later arrested and charged with third degree murder, which were later upgraded to second degree murder.

Three other officers were charged with aiding and abetting murder. 

Three memorial services over six days are planned in cities where Floyd was born, grew up and died.

Lillard marched through SE Portland and into downtown to South Waterfront Park. Lillard also took to Instagram as he walked through Portland on his Instagram live video. 

 

Phoenix Suns are way too excited to be included in NBA's return to play

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Phoenix Suns are way too excited to be included in NBA's return to play

On Thursday, the NBA Board of Governors voted and approved a 22-team return to play format and many are excited. Some more than others. 

The vote was 29-1 with the lone franchise dissenting being the Portland Trail Blazers. 

Of the teams participating include the 16 teams that currently hold a playoff position as well as the Pelicans, Trail Blazers, Suns, Kings, Spurs and Wizards.

One of the teams most excited about being able to participate are the Phoenix Suns, as seen in this incredibly extra hype video of their inclusion in a 22-team return to play format. 

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Wow! That was really something! And Suns fans were loving it. 

But, the Phoenix Suns have not been to the playoffs since the 2009-10 season when, yes, they beat the Trail Blazers in the first round of the playoffs and lost in the Western Conference Finals to the LA Lakers. Since then, they’ve had one winning season, including five seasons of 30 wins or less and one season of less than 20 wins. 

So, the excitement is understandable, but the only trophy Phoenix will be bringing back from Orlando is a participation trophy.  

Caesars Sportsbook has the Suns at +50000, which is five times worse than what’s displayed in the Suns' video, but I doubt it stymies their excitement just to be included and not mathematically eliminated for once. 

The Trail Blazers have a long-shot to the championship, as well. They’re +7500. But, if there’s anyone you want taking a long shot, it’s Damian Lillard. 

Now, we understand that this can be used as fodder, so allow us to post on how Aron Baynes went off for a career-high against the Blazers. 

And how Kelly Oubre blew kisses at the Moda Center crowd. 

See you in Orlando, Phoenix Suns. 

Portland Trail Blazers' updated NBA Championship betting odds revealed

Portland Trail Blazers' updated NBA Championship betting odds revealed

With all signs pointing to the NBA returning this July, sportsbooks have released updated NBA Championship odds. 

According to Ceasars Casino & Sportsbook, the Portland Trail Blazers are longshots to win the NBA Finals this season at +7500

However, that is ahead of multiple teams that would have made the postseason if the NBA had returned straight to the postseason including the Eastern Conference No. 5 seed Indiana Pacers (+12500), Western Conference No. 8 Seed Memphis Grizzlies (+50000), and Eastern Conference No 8 seed Orlando Magic (+75000). 

On Thursday, the NBA Board of Governors approved a plan allowing the season to resume at Walt Disney World in Orlando under a 22-team format, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported.

The sportsbook has the Los Angeles Lakers as the favorites to win the championship at +200, but it's important to note that these odds account for which teams are likely to get the most bets. Given the size of the Lakers' fanbase, a sportsbook can offer odds for them at worse odds than they should statistically have and still get a lot of money due to fan bias. 

Trailing the Lakers in the tier of real championship contenders are the Milwaukee Bucks (+275) and Los Angeles Clippers (+325).

For the rest of the playoff field is the Boston Celtics (+1500), Houston Rockets (+1500), Toronto Raptors (+1700), Denver Nuggets (+2200), Philadelphia 76ers (+2500), Dallas Mavericks (+3500), Miami Heat (+4000), Utah Jazz who lost forward Bojan Bogdanovic for the season due to offseason wrist surgery (+6000), Oklahoma City Thunder (+6000) and the Brooklyn Nets (+6000). 

As for teams on the outside looking in the current playoff field, the New Orleans Pelicans stand out as heavy favorites given these odds with (+5000). Perhaps it's the Zion Williamson effect. Following the Pelicans, it's the Pheonix Suns (+50000), San Antonio Spurs (+100000), and the Sacramento Kings (+200000). 

Portland entered the season at +3500 to win the NBA Finals but an injury-riddled season hasn't gone as planned for Rip City.

However, with the return of Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins to the lineup, perhaps they can compete with anyone.

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

The NBA's return to play format could be rife with schedule inequities

The NBA's return to play format could be rife with schedule inequities

The NBA has announced dates and teams for the resumption of its 2020 season, but there is still one big important factor that hasn’t been revealed, at least to the public:

The schedules for those six teams hoping to play their way into the 16-team playoff bracket.

Keep in mind, teams with schedules that featured games vs. non-playoff teams late in the interrupted season will lose their opportunity to play those teams. Any games included in their final eight scheduled for Orlando will have to be against the 22 teams that are there in the bubble.

Some of the six teams trying to play their way into the playoffs have already had the benefit of playing those softer teams. Some were awaiting the chance, but won’t get it because those teams won’t be in Orlando.

And some of the six may end up getting Washington or Phoenix on their eight-game schedule and others may not. This sets up serious inequities in the format.

I believe what should have happened is that the eight teams in contention for the two playoff berths should have played a round robin. Same schedule, same chances for advancement. Instead, the league has reportedly chosen to try to stick to original schedules as much as possible, even though eight games won't be enough to complete that full 82-game schedule.

It isn't going to make much sense. And in fact, Phoenix and Washington, the two unexpected teams added, did not have a realistic chance to climb into the 16-team field had the season not been halted. Nobody has explained why they were included.

An interesting question now will be answered when the eight-game schedule is revealed -- who gets to play Phoenix and Washington? Who gets to play Orlando, which wasn’t expected to have to protect its No. 8 spot in the weak Eastern Conference?

And the teams that do play them will most certainly prefer those games over contests versus some of the league powerhouses.

And that, in itself, could have been enough reason for a franchise to vote against 22 teams, rather than 20, playing in Orlando.