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How to Watch & Stream Blazers vs. Nets, coverage begins at 4:30pm

How to Watch & Stream Blazers vs. Nets, coverage begins at 4:30pm

It all comes down to the final seeding games in the West.

Which two teams will be playing this weekend in the play-in games and which team will be the No. 8 seed heading into Saturday's game?

We will know Thursday night.  

Heading into the final day of seeding games, four teams are within a half-game of each other for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

8. Portland Trail Blazers | Remaining schedule: Brooklyn (Win Percentage: 0.465)

9. Memphis Grizzlies (0.5 games behind)| Remaining Schedule: Milwaukee (Win Percentage: 0.458) 

10. Phoenix Suns (0.5 games behind)| Remaining schedule: Dallas (Win Percentage: 0.458) 

11. San Antonio Spurs (0.5 games behind)| Remaining schedule: Utah (Win Percentage: 0.457) 

Trail Blazers All-Star point guard Damian Lillard has put his team on his back with the Blazers eyeing the No. 8 seed. Portland has sole possession of the eighth spot following the Blazers’ 131-131 win over the Dallas Mavericks Tuesday in which Lillard dazzled.

The Blazers point guard finished with 61 points. He hit 17 of his 32 shots, went 9-of-17 from three-point range and made all 18 of his free throws.

And now it all comes down to Thursday’s battle of games in the Western Conference.

You can catch Thursday’s Blazers-Nets game on NBC Sports Northwest, the Official Network of the Portland Trail Blazers with tip-off set for 6:00pm. Our coverage starts at 4:30pm with ‘Blazers Game Day’ followed by ‘Blazers Warm-up’ at 5:00p.m. and ‘Blazers Pregame’ at 5:30pm.

Plus, to wrap up a Blazers Game Day, check out ‘Blazers Outsiders’ immediately following the 'Blazers Postgame Show.'

Or if you can’t get to a TV, stream the game on our website or by downloading the MyTeams app!

Plus, for full coverage of Portland’s eighth and final seeding game make sure to follow Dwight JaynesJamie Hudson and our digital team throughout the day. Follow us on social for the latest updates. 

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Blazers Podcast as special guest Bill Walton joins hosts Channing Frye and Dan Sheldon]: 

  

Injury Reports:

The Nets have listed Chris Chiozza (right adductor; tightness) and Donta Hall (right ankle; sprain) as questionable, while Jamal Crawford (left hamstring; strain) is out for Thursday's game vs. the Blazers. 

For the Blazers, Nassir Little (dehydration) is out for Thursday's game.

Quote of the Week:  

 Sources told NBC Sports Northwest prior to Tuesday's game against the Mavericks that McCollum has been playing with a L3 vertebral transverse process fracture (non-displaced) since last Thursday. In layman's terms, he has a fracture in his lower back. He has played three games since the injury.

Following Tuesday’s win, Damian Lillard discussed his confidence and appreciation for McCollum playing through pain when the Blazers need him as they make their final playoff push:  

He’s a little bit banged up. He’s making no excuses or looking for no way out. He’s thuggin' it out for the team and being out there for us, and fortunate for us, him doing that meant he was out there for those last free throws and came through for us. -- Trail Blazers All-Star Damian Lillard on CJ McCollum

Top Game Notes: 

  • All-Time: Trail Blazers lead, 64-25
     
  • Thursday's game will be the second of two meetings between the Trail Blazers and the Nets during the 2019-20 season. Brooklyn leads the season series, 1-0.
     
  • Last Meeting: The Nets defeated the Trail Blazers in Portland on Nov. 8, 119-115. Damian Lillard scored what was then a franchise-record 60 points (19-33 FG, 7-16 3-PT, 15-15 FT) to go with four rebounds and five assists in the loss. Spencer Dinwiddie led the Nets with 34 points (12-27 FG, 4-8 3-PT, 5-5 FT), five rebounds, four assists and a steal in 35 minutes of the bench.
     
  • Damian Lillard has scored at least 31 points in three of his last four games against the Nets. He has topped 30 points in six of his 15 career games against Brooklyn.
     
  • In his last four games against the Nets, Jusuf Nurkic has averaged 27.3 points, 12.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.75 blocks.
     
  • CJ McCollum was held to eight points (4-19 FG) and five rebounds in the Nov. 8 meeting. • Joe Harris scored 14 points (5-12 FG, 2-4 3-PT, 2-2 FT) to go with five rebounds, one assist and one block against Portland on Nov. 8.

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Does the NBA actually want Blazers to face Lakers? Another conspiracy theory

Does the NBA actually want Blazers to face Lakers? Another conspiracy theory

You've already heard that conspiracy theory about NBA coaches doing all they can to help the Trail Blazers win seeding games, because they think the Trail Blazers have the best chance to beat the Lakers, right?

Well, I've got another theory for you that was passed along to me Wednesday night.

Ponder this one as you settle in tonight to watch Portland battle Brooklyn. This is a game that guarantees the Trail Blazers the eighth seed if they win, but could send them home if they lose.

The theory is that the NBA really needs the Lakers -- and, of course, LeBron James -- to make it to the NBA Finals. TV ratings, you know. So if the NBA has been listening to all the insiders and former players who believe Portland has a great chance to knock off Los Angeles in the first round, well...

Do you think the people who run this league would want the Lakers to have to face that kind of threat in the first round? You have to admit it would at least make them a little nervous.

And do you think that message would be sent to the officials for tonight's game? No offense, but the teams aren't exactly getting a blue-ribbon, NBA Finals-caliber crew with Eric Lewis, Gediminis Petraitis and JT Orr slated to work the game.

Now I'm not saying this could happen, but the NBA has always been a hotbed for conspiracy theories and it's my pleasure to pass this one along.

When Trail Blazers face Nets -- Brooklyn will be without DeAndre Jordan

When Trail Blazers face Nets -- Brooklyn will be without DeAndre Jordan

The NBA is set to resume play on July 30.

This week, all 22 NBA teams that are headed to Orlando for the league’s return to play will now go from “voluntary" to "mandatory" workouts

Wednesday, final rosters must be submitted to the league.

But now we know that the Brooklyn Nets will be without center DeAndre Jordan.

Jordan posted on his Twitter Monday night that he has tested positive for the coronavirus and will not return to play next month in Orlando.

Found out last night and confirmed again today that I've tested positive for Covid while being back in market. As a result of this, I will not be in Orlando for the resumption of the season. – DeAndre Jordan on Twitter

The Trail Blazers are scheduled to play the Brooklyn Nets in Portland's eighth and final regular season game on Aug. 13. 

[RELATED]: Trail Blazers return to play schedule in Orlando released

Jordan might not be the only Net not traveling to Walt Disney World when the NBA season resumes.

Jordan’s teammate Spencer Dinwiddie tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month. Dinwiddie has informed his team that he will remain quarantined and then reevaluate after those 14 days.

Brooklyn will sign a substitute for Jordan, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Blazers Podcast with hosts NBA Champion Channing Frye and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon]

In 56 games played this season, Jordan averaged 8.3 points and 10.0 rebounds per game.  

The Trail Blazers first opponent will be against the team they are battling with for the final playoff spot out West, the Memphis Grizzlies.

Portland and Memphis are set to tip-off at 1:00pm Pacific Time on Friday, July 31.

The Trail Blazers currently sit in 9th place in the Western Conference standings, 3.5 games behind the Grizzlies. Sacramento and New Orleans are also 3.5 games behind Memphis, but Portland holds the tiebreaker.

Full practices for all 22 teams will not be allowed until after the teams arrive in Orlando. The arrival process is scheduled to run from July 7-9, followed by two days of isolation as well as two coronavirus tests.

From one No. 1 pick to another, Kyrie Irving welcomes Sabrina Ionescu to Brooklyn

From one No. 1 pick to another, Kyrie Irving welcomes Sabrina Ionescu to Brooklyn

Sabrina Ionescu has admirers all over. 

She is good friends with fellow Californian Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors; LeBron James has dubbed her Queen Sabrina’; NBA players constantly tweet congratulations to her on her latest achievement; she was good friends with Kobe Bryant; the list goes on and on.

She is the G.O.A.T. and now will live out her dreams of playing basketball at the professional level.

On Friday, Ionescu made more history. The New York Liberty selected Ionescu with the first pick overall in the 2020 WNBA Draft. Ionescu is headed for the Big Apple (when it’s safe to do so of course). 

Safe to say, there were a lot of eyes on the WNBA Draft this season and seeing Ionescu selected as the No. 1 pick. She brings hope to a city that is consumed with professional sports and needing a bit of basketball inspiration. 

From one Brooklyn basketball team to another, Joe Harris, Kyrie Irving and Garrett Temple of the Nets all congratulated Ionescu on her No. 1 selection and were excited that the G.O.A.T. was headed to their city.

It is your friend, your brother Kyrie [Irving]. Welcome to Brooklyn but more importantly welcome home, welcome to the family. Sabrina, you are one of one and I want to welcome you to the No. 1 pick club officially. — Kyrie Irving, former No. 1 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.

Typical Sabrina, she responded to the tweet with “LETS GET IT BOYS!!”

[RELATED]: Sabrina Ionescu’s New York Liberty jersey sold out in less than an hour

Other Nets star Kevin Durant, who is still waiting to get back on the court healing from an Achilles injury, is also excited for Ionescu:

I think we’re all ready to see what the G.O.A.T. can do at the next level.

Which NBA teams have been tested for COVID-19 so far?

Which NBA teams have been tested for COVID-19 so far?

With the 2019-20 NBA season suspended for the foreseeable future and more NBA players being diagnosed with the coronavirus, the question remains -- should there be league wide testing?

Here are the teams who have had at least one player tested for COVID-19 that we know for certain:

  • Utah Jazz (two players tested positive)
  • Toronto Raptors (zero tested positive)
  • Detroit Pistons (one player tested positive)
  • Brooklyn Nets (four players tested positive)

Utah’s Rudy Gobert became the first known NBA player to be diagnosed, triggering a chain reaction for the NBA to suspend the league until further notice

Since then, Detroit and Toronto tested their players for COVID-19. 

Both the Pistons and Raptors had recently played the Jazz.

Pistons big man Christian Wood became the third NBA player to have positive COVID-19 test. Toronto had zero positive tests.

BUT…

On Tuesday, the Nets became the most recent team to have players come down with the coronavirus. Kevin Durant and three of his teammates that remain unknown at this time tested positive. 

Here's the kicker: Brooklyn has not played the Utah Jazz or Detroit Pistons and they have not played teams who have played the Jazz or Pistons since late February.

New York remains a hotbed for new COVID-19 cases, with 669 confirmed cases, according to the CDC. 

As America as a whole tries to figure out how to navigate through these times with the limited testing available, the solution for the NBA might be in what the Nets had done for their testing.

Brooklyn hired a private company to conduct the tests, which it took a few days for the results to come back, but it seems this might be the way to go for the entire league.

As of Tuesday, the Trail Blazers have not tested their players for COVID-19, according to league sources. The Trail Blazers continue to take precautions, however. Players and staff members must have their temperature taken as they enter the building. They are also not permitted to conduct any team activities, just individual workouts.

With so many unknowns out there right now, knowing which player has the virus and which player doesn’t could be extremely helpful in determining when play should begin again.

And there’s no need to publicize results and call out players that have been diagnosed, but it would be a good start for the league in making the next steps in deciding if the season can go on as scheduled. 

Trail Blazers react to Nets players testing positive for COVID-19

Trail Blazers react to Nets players testing positive for COVID-19

2:30pm PT Update: Kevin Durant is one of the four Nets players who has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Should every single NBA player be tested for COVID-19?

It sounds like the league may need to move in that direction.  

Following Tuesday's reports from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that four Brooklyn Nets players have tested positive for the virus, other players around the league responded on social media.

According to Shams Charania, Kevin Durant was one of those players.

The remaining players have yet to be identified, but Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie tweeted out that if he had stopped tweeting people would assume that he was one of the four.

To which Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum had some fun with:

“Bruh we all assuming it’s you until you confirm or deny,” McCollum wrote.

The two had some fun back-and-forth, as Dinwiddie replied that he was “trying to show solidarity here man. Team spirit and what not.”

And in times like this, making jokes is sometimes all anyone can do to help everyone else get through a difficult time.

We're in this together!

But, Portland’s forward Mario Hezonja had a different reaction and was having a hard time with the news, feeling as though with more players diagnosed the season could be lost.

At this point, the NBA is still looking at returning in mid-June. 

The Trail Blazers were set to play the Nets at the end of this month in Brooklyn. Portland played its first game of the series against the Nets early in the season on Nov. 8, but now other teams that have come in contact with Brooklyn recently are being notified.

Maybe having four teammates test positive could be the breaking point for the NBA to issue tests for all players.

The NBA is currently in the midst of a hiatus amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

What's next for the NBA remains unknown. 

Evan Turner plays Rock Paper Scissors from Hawks bench, remains a national treasure

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Evan Turner plays Rock Paper Scissors from Hawks bench, remains a national treasure

Evan Turner is a national treasure. He really is. 

During his three seasons with the Blazers, he was a gem. Always good for a laugh or a viral moment. 

From a dump truck in his pool, to Instagram storytime live from the toilet, to flipping the bird in Denver, and rocking the cradle on Westbrook. Turner was legendary. 

Now with the Hawks, Turner has missed multiple games with various injuries. He once again did not suit up when Atlanta traveled to Brooklyn to take on the Nets. However, he still got a game in - A game of rock, paper, scissors. 

A fan seated directly across from for the Hawks bench was able to get Turner's attention and in the middle of basketball action, the pair managed a round of the classic hand game.

Please, for all that is good in the world, never change ET. You are the gift that keeps on giving.

Damian Lillard's 60 couldn't save the Trail Blazers from repeating dubious history

Damian Lillard's 60 couldn't save the Trail Blazers from repeating dubious history

The last time the Trail Blazers opened their season with three consecutive home losses, Rick Adelman was their point guard and Sidney Wicks was a promising rookie power forward. That was 1971-72 and the team won only 18 times, leading to Coach Rolland Todd being fired 56 games into the season.

But after Portland squandered Damian Lillard’s franchise-record 60-point effort Friday night in a 119-115 loss to the Brooklyn Nets, its record fell to 3-6 -- 0-3 at home -- leaving questions lingering about the team’s slow start.

Be mindful, though, that it’s not just one thing that’s causing the early season problems for this team. It’s several things. For example:

  • The Blazers opened the season with five big men on their roster: Hassan Whiteside, Skal Labissiere, Jusuf Nurkic, Pau Gasol and Zach Collins. Obviously, Nurkic and Gasol were injured and still are – but Collins is out for several months with a shoulder injury and Labissiere limped off the court Friday with an ankle sprain. On top of that, Whiteside is still nursing ankle and knee aches. Without interior size, the Blazers are taking a beating in the paint and allowed 16 offensive rebounds and 31 second-chance points against the Nets.
  • While Lillard was spectacular, CJ McCollum continued to struggle with his shot. He made only 4 of his 18 shots from the field and missed both his three-point attempts. He came into the game shooting 40 percent from the field and 34.1 percent from three-point range. That’s going to get better because it always does, but in the interim, it’s contributing to the struggle. Lillard needs help.
  • The Blazers aren’t getting consistent ball movement and aren’t passing well. They had only 11 assists Friday and are at the bottom of the league in average assists per game. That’s not unusual for this team, with the starting guards generating their own shots frequently, but when things aren’t going well it makes it difficult to get other players involved.
  • On any night, there is very little certainty about what the bench will provide. Production is often up and down with Anfernee Simons the only consistent scorer among the reserves.

This was Lillard’s game and he almost single-handedly carried the Trail Blazers to victory. A night after playing 39 minutes in Los Angeles against the Clippers, he played 40 minutes and 21 seconds vs. the Nets, making 19 of his 33 shots overall and 7 of 16 from three-point range. And oh yes, he was 15-15 from the foul line and had four rebounds and five assists.

“We tried box, zone, blitz, we threw the kitchen sink at him,” New Jersey Coach Kenny Atkinson said. “He would just make incredible shots. And we kept saying, ‘He’s going to tire out eventually. He played 39 minutes last night and eventually he’s going to fatigue.’ I don’t know if that was the case, it felt like he kept making shots, but I thought getting the ball out of his hands midway through the fourth quarter helped us.”

Lillard kept his team in the game with 34 points in the second half. Then, he almost pulled off a miracle one-man rally after Portland fell behind by 10 with 1:41 left. He scored seven straight points in the next 61 seconds to pull Portland within three, but the Nets ran the clock down before Kyrie Irving banked in a nine-footer to hike the lead back to five with 17.8 seconds left.

Then Lillard's three beat the buzzer to make him the first Trail Blazer ever to score 60.

“I think we’re in position to win games and we’re in position in the third quarter,” Lillard said. “And in the fourth quarter, you’ve got to be present, mentally and physically. I think we compete. I think we’re together. We might be last in the league, defensively, in the fourth quarter. If you’re in every game like we are – we haven’t been blown out – so you’re last in defensive rating in the fourth quarter, you’re not going to win those games. I think that’s where we’re struggling right now.”

 

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Instant Analysis: Lillard doesn't get much help vs. Nets

Instant Analysis: Lillard doesn't get much help vs. Nets

The Trail Blazers started out the game looking like a team coming off a tough loss last night. On the other hand, the Brooklyn Nets looked well-rested after having the last two days in Portland to rest up and prepare for the Blazers. 

Portland got out to a slow start and really there was just one Blazer who got things cooking on Friday night. 

FINAL BOX SCORE: Nets 119, Blazers 115

Here are three quick takeaways from the Blazers loss:

1.  Portland experiments with lineups

Blazers head coach Terry Stotts decided to start Mario Hezonja at power forward in place of Anthony Tolliver. Stotts then experimented with different lineups. Eleven players saw the floor on Friday night.

Part of the reason for an 11-man rotation was the Blazers lost Rodney Hood to back spasms after Hood played in just the first six minutes of action.

With Hood’s injury and the offense struggles early on, Coach Stotts was clearly trying to figure out a lineup that would work against the Nets.

2. Nothing but Lillard

Moda Center fans were treated to a Damian Lillard takeover.

With CJ McCollum, Mario Hezonja, and the rest of the starting lineup struggling to finish at the rim or hit from deep, Lillard took it upon himself to get buckets. It was a night of Logo Lillard threes, acrobatic lay-ins, fadeaways, and everything in between for Lillard. 

It wasn’t until midway through the third quarter that someone other than Lillard had double-digit points and that's the way it stayed. Hassan Whiteside scored on a putback to give him 10 points. In the end, Lillard's 60-points weren't enough. 

3. An NBA debut type of night

Nets rookie forward Nicolas Claxton saw his first NBA regular season minutes as did Blazers rookie forward Nassir Little.

Little showed off his length. He was very active on the defensive end, coming up with a big block on the perimeter and sacrificing his body to go to the floor while battling for a rebound.

The Blazer rookie proved that he is willing to do the dirty work and be that extra hustle type player. He got Blazers fans on their feet after driving to the hoop and throwing down a dunk that rocked the backboard.

Up Next: The Trail Blazers host the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night with tip-off slated for 6:00pm on NBC Sports Northwest and the MyTeams App.

Be sure to check back throughout the night and tomorrow morning for analysis, articles, and videos from the players!

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Trail Blazers Pregame Notebook: "We all feel like we need a win"

Trail Blazers Pregame Notebook: "We all feel like we need a win"

Before the Trail Blazers and Nets tip-off at 7:00 p.m. tonight on NBC Sports Northwest and on the MyTeams App, both coaches gave their thoughts on tonight’s matchup and more.

Last night the Blazers went with a three-guard lineup of Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, and Anfernee Simons. Blazers head coach Terry Stotts was pleased with that lineup. He said he was able to go with three guards because the Clippers went small.

Stotts added, “They’re three guys that can all create their own shot, shoot threes… If [the opponents] have a big guy at three, that’s usual the dilemma.”

Portland has a sense of urgency heading into to tonight’s game vs. the Nets now that the Blazers have dropped three straight.

“We all feel like we need a win…. We haven’t won at home yet,” Stotts said.

Hear from Coach Stotts right here:

Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson said, “it will be by committee” as far as filling the role of DeAndre Jordan, who is out tonight with a left ankle sprain.

Coach Atkinson also had a lot of praise for Trail Blazers second-year guard Anfernee Simons:

“Talented, he can shoot, he is really, really young… He has a beautiful looking shot.”

Hear from Coach Atkinson right here:

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