Less than 24 hours before Saturday’s game vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder, Trail Blazers second-year forward Gary Trent, Jr. was getting an IV and being treated for flu-like symptoms in Dallas.
On Saturday morning, coach Terry Stotts and members of the Portland Trail Blazers said Trent continued to not look good. “He was pale,” Carmelo Anthony said of Trent, Jr. at the team’s morning meeting. “Head on the table.”
“He did not look good.”
Then, the Trail Blazers made a trade, sending Kent Bazemore and Anthony Tolliver out of town. The already depleted Blazers needed Trent, Jr. to suit up just to meet league requirements to field a team vs. the Thunder.
"[I'll do] whatever I can do to help this team,” Trent, Jr. said pregame. “Whether that’s cheering on the team or playing. I’m all for it."
Instead of just riding the end of the bench, Trent, Jr. balled out.
He made his first seven shots before a three pointer finally rimmed off. But, he remained hot, connecting on 12 of 18 of his attempts and scoring a career-high 30 points in the effort.
It was his flu game. And while the Blazers may have lost, many on social media marveled in his effort.
That’s it... This is officially a flu game for Gary Trent— Jamie Hudson (@JamieHudsonNBCS) January 19, 2020
Kobe Trent Jr birthday flu game. https://t.co/yYkabaibNx— ً (@oscars2t) January 19, 2020
Gary Trent Jr > Klay Thompson— 𝓑𝓵𝓪𝓩𝓮𝓻𝓼𝓜𝓪𝓴𝓮𝓘𝓽𝓗𝓪𝓹𝓹𝓮𝓷 (@TrevanR8501) January 19, 2020
Gary trent is the goat— juiceman🥤🥤 (@Goated_Brees) January 19, 2020
Gary Trent Jr. is cooking.— Omar Hersi (@HerciMerci) January 19, 2020
*buys Gary Trent Jr. jersey* #RipCity— Ben Meaders (@QuesoCaliente) January 19, 2020
Whatever the Blazers trainers gave Gary Trent Jr., they need to give to the rest of the team! #RipCity— Matt Brawley (@mbrawley1) January 19, 2020
Gary Trent with 30 points on his birthday 🎂🎉 pic.twitter.com/TAp9W1549r— MicMarc (@MicMarc3) January 19, 2020
Gary Trent Jr. had a night! That’s a wrap for NBA Basketball tonight!— Chanelle M. (@chanellemanus) January 19, 2020
What a way to ring in your 21st birthday, GT!
Just be great!