Portland Trail Blazers

Portland Trail Blazers

Things are getting heated in snowy Salt Lake City.

The Trail Blazers and Utah Jazz are engaged in a fight for playoff positioning, and tempers are boiling over.

That became all too evident in the second quarter when Trail Blazers forward Trevor Ariza was ejected for arguing a no-call after he drove to the basket. 

Ariza went up for a jump shot with 10:05 left in the second quarter and appeared to be fouled. 

Referee JB DeRosa was right near the play but didn't blow the whistle. 

Infuriated by the no-call, Ariza turned around and yelled at DeRosa earning a technical foul in the process. But that wasn't enough. 

Ariza made a beeline for DeRosa, got right in the referee's face, and continued to voice his displeasure. 

The result was a second technical and an automatic ejection for the Blazers starting small forward. 

The Trail Blazers were forced to play another man down.

Prior to tipoff against the Jazz, the Blazers announced that starting center Hassan Whiteside would not be able to play due to a lower leg contusion. He joined Nassir Little, Jusuf Nurkic, Zach Collins, and Rodney Hood on the inactive list. 

In the closing seconds of the first quarter, backup guard Anfernee Simons left the game after appearing to hit his head on the court. He was helped to the locker room, and would not return.  

Portland started the game with nine players and by the end of the first half, had seven. 


The Trail Blazers lead 72-58 at halftime.