Now that was fun!
It was sixty-eight minutes of basketball that became an instant classic last season.
And really how great was it re-watching the Trail Blazers and Nuggets quadruple-overtime Game 3 from May 3rd of last year?
As if watching the game again wasn't exciting enough, it was also fun seeing Trail Blazers shooting guard Anfernee Simons takeover the Trail Blazers Twitter account.
🐜 here....— Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) March 25, 2020
Y’all grab a snack this gonna be a long one....🐜— Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) March 25, 2020
We starting to get hot👀— Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) March 25, 2020
It’s hard to believe that it has been 13 days since the NBA was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Not surprising -- Trail Blazers fans were elated to watch their hometown team once again.
This classic game has me all in my feels.— Patricia Chavez (@pattychavez89) March 25, 2020
And, we all learned that the youngster Simons was kind enough to teach Rodney Hood such a nice floater. [Insert laughing/crying emoji here].
Hoodie with floater, I taught him that btw... 📖🐜— Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) March 25, 2020
With Denver winning the season series last year against Portland, 3-1 and all four games were decided by single digits, it shouldn't have been shocking that these two would play extra basketball.
But, seeing the injured Zach Collins (left shoulder) and Rodney Hood (left Achilles) on the court was giving Rip City all the feelings.
Making my allergies act up... pic.twitter.com/cFzQVTBa7l— Jason Pineda (@jasonjpineda) March 25, 2020
Miss them 😭😭😭— Jackie (@jacks_2675) March 25, 2020
Wow, didn't realize I missed Collins so much until I just saw him dunk that pass from Lillard. Gonna be fun to have him and Hood back!— Team Mom (@tcbbiggs) March 25, 2020
Man we missed Big Z so much this year! #RipCity— dloitz (@dloitz) March 25, 2020
Trail Blazers fans were also missing the team chemistry and continuity.
And what about the Enes Kanter and Nikola Jokic battles?
Jokic finished with 33 points and played the most minutes out of anyone with 65 minutes. He also had 18 rebounds and 14 assists.
While Kanter held his ground. The Blazers starting center had 18 points and on 8-of-16 shooting to go along with 15 rebounds.
Kanter's three-point highlight video even got a retweet from Kanter! See even the former players were happy to look back at this game.
ENES FOR THREE!!...🐜 pic.twitter.com/t21FhkqPUK— Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) March 25, 2020
There were also plenty of #3J moments as well. CJ McCollum led all scorers with 41 points. It was late in the game and in the overtime periods when McCollum was in total takeover mode. He also added eight rebounds and four assists.
And on Tuesday night, everybody was showing their appreciation for McCollum's Game 3 performance.
CJ in this game my God #RipCity— WhiteMike☁🏃💪🍴 (@1MichaelWayne) March 25, 2020
3️⃣J ....🐜— Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) March 25, 2020
CJ just ridiculous in this one— Casey Holdahl (@CHold) March 25, 2020
You can’t forget about Headband Moe though. Maurice Harkless finished with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds.
That headband was ELITE— Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) March 25, 2020
Was this Harkless’ best minute of basketball in his career? #RipCity— dloitz (@dloitz) March 25, 2020
Moe Money💸.....🐜— Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) March 25, 2020
But, let’s be honest the tweets were coming in hot down the stretch and into the FOUR overtimes.
Trail Blazers fans were reliving all the nerves of this one.
Anyone else watching this game, with sweaty palms, biting your nails, acting as if we don’t already know the result?? And we ain’t even into the OT rounds yet 🤣🤣 #Game3 #nbaplayoffs #ripcity #blazersvsnuggets @trailblazers— Julia Brown (@nikeprincess69) March 25, 2020
Now it gets interesting #RipCity— The Viking Assassin (@RynStarfire) March 25, 2020
I forgot how frantic the final two minutes of regulation in this game was. Both teams just landing monster blows, only to be answered on the other end. #RipCity— Chris Burkhardt (@CBurkhardtNBCS) March 25, 2020
Man watching game 3 from Denver series last year brought back a lot of memories. Miss basketball and blazers playing well. What a run. #ripcity— Craig G (@goldencr) March 25, 2020
Playing in a quadruple overtime game, the minds and legs were starting to go… And then… It was a fresh Rodney Hood to the rescue who led the final charge coming off the bench in the final OT to boost Portland to a 140-137 victory.
BREAKING: Reports say that Rodney Hood told GT and Ant that if he gets in, he’s gonna end it...🐜— Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) March 25, 2020
I love you Rodney Hood. #RipCity— Jean Mullette-Bauer (@JMulletteBauer) March 25, 2020
BLAZERS WIN!!! BLAZERS WIN!!!— NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) March 25, 2020
Hoodie finished with 19 points on an efficient 6-of-8 shooting. Hood had scored 16 points total in Portland's first round series against Oklahoma City.
But in watching the re-air, it was just nice to see him out on the court, period.
Thanks for rewatching Game 3 with me, #RipCity! Be safe, stay inside & talk to y’all soon..🐜 out— Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) March 25, 2020