Brooklyn Nets

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

usatsi_13749357.jpg
USATI

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.”

 

Listen to the full Talkin' Blazers podcast below:

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!

Listen to the latest Talkin' Blazers podcast below:

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:

Listen to the latest Talkin' Blazers podcast below:

How to watch, stream Trail Blazers vs. Nets tonight at 7:00pm

usatsi_10433732.jpg
USA Today Images

How to watch, stream Trail Blazers vs. Nets tonight at 7:00pm

Portland is looking to snap its three-game losing streak on Friday night as the Trail Blazers host the Brooklyn Nets in the second night of a back-to-back.

Thursday’s loss to the Clippers was a game that the Blazers thought they played well enough to win. It was a hard fought game in LA with Hassan Whiteside coming alive in the second half, and Anfernee Simons shining bright on the big stage.

But now the Blazers turn their focus to the high-scoring Nets who are 3-4 and are coming off a 135-125 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans. Brooklyn’s lowest scoring game so far this season is 109.

You can watch the Blazers-Nets game on NBC Sports Northwest, the Official Network of the Portland Trail Blazers and you can stream the game on our website or by downloading the MyTeams app!

Don't miss any of the coverage of tonight's game:

4:30pm Blazers Game Day with Chad Doing

6:00pm Blazers Warm-Up

6:30pm Trail Blazers Pregame Show

7:00pm Trail Blazers vs. Nets

After the game catch Blazers Outsiders with hosts Joe Simons and Dan Marang!

Plus, get full coverage of the game from Dwight JaynesJamie Hudson and our digital team. Follow us on social throughout the night for the latest updates. 

Quote of the Day

“He was huge. It was good to see him having that type of moment in a close game. He was hitting big shots. He was aggressive. He kind of just embraced being on the floor in that time of the game. He played really well, especially in that stretch.” – Damian Lillard said of Anfernee Simons’ performance in LA.

The night the Trail Blazers clinched a playoff spot and nobody cared

The night the Trail Blazers clinched a playoff spot and nobody cared

With 2:23 left in the second overtime at Moda Center Monday night, the Portland Trail Blazers were headed toward a win that would clinch a playoff spot. And Jusuf Nurkic was bulling his way to an outstanding game, with 32 points, 16 rebounds, five assists and four blocked shots.

And just one second later – a blink of an eye --  it all came apart for Nurkic and his team. He landed on the floor after going after a rebound and collapsed, his left leg awkwardly bent and apparently broken.

Even though Portland would go on to 148-144 double-overtime win over the Brooklyn Nets, it was the quietest just-clinched-a-playoff-berth locker room you’d ever find.

Sports – and life – are so fragile. On top one minute and on the bottom the next. Healthy, then broken. You just never know.

And the sight of Nurkic on the floor with teammates having to turn away from the ugly scene and the arena as quiet as it would be an hour later – it was terribly sad.

“That’s what our guys are talking about in the locker room right now,” said Nets Coach Kenny Atkinson. “They’re not talking about the game or the loss, they’re talking about, you know, a player who was having a great game and a heck of a player and you just pray that it’s not a long-term thing and he can bounce back.

“It just takes the wind out of yourself. It’s just not the same.”

The Trail Blazers, indeed, said a prayer after the game in the locker room. The realization that their season could have tumbled to the ground along with Nurkic was obviously a factor. But more than that, it was the serious injury to a teammate, a brother and a friend.

“Yeah, it’s all fragile,” said Damian Lillard. “Everything about it is. Other than the friendships you have, because regardless... same team, different team, during career post career, you’re going to be friends with guys. But every little thing about the game, about the NBA season, the NBA career – it’s fragile.

“You can be on a team one day, gone the next. You can be healthy one day, injured the next. Have a job one day, fired the next. It’s a lot of things about the game that’s fragile and that’s one of them. It’s one of the more unfortunate ones.”

The game was a physical one that saw 61 fouls called and a whole lot more calls that were missed. The Blazers appeared to be in deep trouble in the fourth quarter, trailing by five with 1:47 to go. They were still down by 3 with 34 seconds left when Lillard hit a layup to pull his team within a point.

But then Seth Curry pulled off a steal from D’Angelo Russell and set sail for the basket at the other end. He was fouled, though, and went to the line with two shots and 3.5 showing on the clock.

“In that situation, I know he likes to bring it back in his left hand,” Curry said. “So I was anticipating that left hand. He kind of lost it and put it in front of me and I was able to knock it away.”

Curry missed the first foul shot, then nailed the second, Russell missed a wild three-point shot and the teams headed to overtime.

Portland had the last shot of the first overtime with 8.8 seconds left but squandered the opportunity and settled for a 34-footer from Lillard.

Nurkic fouled out two Brooklyn centers and was working against 6-7 Jared Dudley in the second overtime when the game got very physical inside.

In fact, the league’s “Last 2-minute Report” ought to be very hard on the trio of officials, who seemed unable to control the contact.

But in the end, none of that seemed to matter much to the participants, whose hearts were with Nurkic. Curry, perhaps more than anyone in the locker room, knows what it’s like to suffer a serious injury.

“I definitely don’t take it for granted,” he said of his career. “I already know how it is. My injury last season, missing the whole season. You hate to see it. Especially for somebody who had worked as hard as he had all year.

“Having his best season and having his best game. It’s unfortunate.”

Rapid Reaction: 3 Quick Takeaways from the Trail Blazers double overtime win over the Brooklyn Nets

blazerflag_0.jpg
USA Today Images

Rapid Reaction: 3 Quick Takeaways from the Trail Blazers double overtime win over the Brooklyn Nets

What a crazy finish on Monday night in Portland.

But first, Trail Blazers fans were eager to welcome back former Blazers Ed Davis and Shabazz Napier for the first time since the two have been wearing Nets uniforms.

It was a close game throughout on Monday night. The Blazers and Nets were in a three-point shootout for most of the game.

Fans welcomed Davis with loud applause and cheers. Napier did not get in the game, but you can bet fans would’ve given him the same ovation.

The Blazers came from behind in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 120. In overtime, it was back-and-forth until both Portland and Brooklyn settled on 132 points each at the end of overtime. So, to double OT they went.

In the second overtime, the game went from physical to even more physical and that's when Jusuf Nurkic suffered a terrible left leg injury and left the game on a stretcher with 2:22 minutes remaining.

In the end, the Trail Blazers defeated the Nets, 148-144, as Portland goes undefeated in its four-game homestand. 

The Blazers also clinched a playoff spot with the victory. This marks Portland’s sixth consecutive postseason appearance.

Final Box Score: Trail Blazers 148, Nets 144 

Here are some quick thoughts from the Blazers fifth straight home victory:

1. Nets get their fare share of 3s

In the first 12 minute of play, Brooklyn shot 10 three-pointers and made four of them.  It’s in the scouting report that the Nets like to throw up a lot of threes.

The Trail Blazers got out on the perimeter after the first quarter and were able to run the Nets off the three-point line or get a hand in their face, which was a big reason Portland was able to hold off the Nets.  

2. Blazers take advantage of zone defense

Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson said before the game, that the plan was to throw a number of defenders at Damian Lillard and different defensive looks.

The first time Brooklyn went to a zone, Enes Kanter made the Nets pay with a putback early in the second quarter.

It wasn’t just rebounding that Blazers were taking advantage of against the Nets’ defense. Portland was able to knock down wide-open threes with the Nets sitting back in the zone. Zach Collins knocked down two straight threes early in the second.

Brooklyn plays the most zone defense in the league, but against Portland you would think the Nets would rethink that, but they didn’t.

3. Free throw discrepancy

If Brooklyn would’ve shot better from the charity stripe, the Nets would’ve walked away with an easy win. After three quarters, Brooklyn was 21-of-31 from the free throw line to the Blazers 8-of-12 attempts. The Nets couldn’t capitalize on getting more whistles.

NEXT UP: The Trail Blazers hit the road for a four-game trip. First stop-- the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night with tip-off set for 5:00pm. Our pregame coverage tips off at 4:00pm on NBC Sports Northwest.

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your Blazers and stream the games easily on your device.

 

Everything you need to know from pregame as Trail Blazers prep for Brooklyn Nets

usatsi_12346542_1.jpg
USA Today Images

Everything you need to know from pregame as Trail Blazers prep for Brooklyn Nets

The regular season is winding down and Portland is in a groove right now, having won three in a row and six of its last seven games.

As for Brooklyn, the Nets are playing in the sixth game of a current seven-game trip that will wrap up on Thursday in Philadelphia.

Tonight’s contest will be the second and final meeting between the Blazers and Nets this season. Portland won the first meeting in Brooklyn, 113-99, back on February 21st.

Before tonight’s game, Blazers head coach Terry Stotts and Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson gave injury updates and more.

Blazers Injury Update: CJ McCollum (left knee) is out for Monday’s game vs. Brooklyn.

Coach Stotts gave a quick update on the status of McCollum:

“He’s doing well. He’s progressing well. He will not go on the road trip. He’ll stay back and rehab and get some court work back here,” Stotts said.

Stotts also added there is no new timetable for McCollum at this time.

Nets Injury Update: Allen Crabbe (right knee), Dzanan Musa (G League), Theo Pinson (G League) and Alan Williams (G League) are out.

Coach Atkinson said that Crabbe is still dealing with knee issues and there is no current timetable for his return.

Atkinson also discussed the plan when facing Damian Lillard is to throw different defenders and different defenses at him all night.

Hear from Coach Atkinson right here:

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Brooklyn Nets: How and Where to Watch

usatsi_12208054.jpg
USA Today Images

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Brooklyn Nets: How and Where to Watch

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your Blazers and stream the games easily on your device.

 

GAME DETAILS

Where to Watch: NBC Sports Northwest

Where to Watch on the go: Stream the game live on the new MyTeams App

Tip-Off Time: 7:00 p.m. 

Point spread: Portland -6

NBCS NW Coverage: Blazers Outsiders Pregame Show (6:30 p.m.), Blazers Outsiders Postgame Show (immediately after the game). 

Radio: 620AM Rip City Radio

 

INJURY UPDATES

Portland has listed CJ McCollum (left knee) as out for Monday’s game vs. Brooklyn.

For the Nets, Allen Crabbe (right knee), Dzanan Musa (G League), Theo Pinson (G League) and Alan Williams (G League) are out.

 

QUICK LINKS

Dwight Jaynes: Trail Blazers, Damian Lillard overwhelm Pistons down the stretch

Jamie Hudson: Confidence is high with Al-Farouq Aminu's ball handling... and it's showing

Mike Richman: Game opening plays have become a quiet competition for the Trail Blazers

VIDEO: Highlights: Late run rallies Blazers past Pistons for win

VIDEO: Aminu comes up "huge" for the Blazers

 

Download the brand new MyTeams app today - This is the app for everything Blazers: games, highlights, articles, podcasts and more from your NBC Sports Northwest Blazers team.

Rip City Rewind: Everything you might have missed from the Blazers win over the Nets

Rip City Rewind: Everything you might have missed from the Blazers win over the Nets

Following All-Star Break, the Portland Trail Blazers took the road for the first game of a seven game road trip. Their first stop was in Brooklyn on Thursday night against some familiar faces.

Former Trail Blazers Ed Davis, Shabazz Napier and Allen Crabbe, who all now play for the Nets, put up a fight against Portland, but the trio couldn’t stop their former team and Portland’s new center tandem.

The Blazers dominated the Nets 113-99 in front of a sellout crowd at Barclays Center.

Here’s a look at everything you might have missed.

On a night where the three-ball wasn’t falling, the Blazers bigs caught fire.

Jusuf Nurkic went 10-of-15 from the field and grabbed 12 rebounds on Thursday night, while Kanter, who made his debut in a Blazers uniform, knocked down eight of his nine shorts, scoring 18 points in just 19 minutes. He also added nine rebounds for Portland.

Dwight Jaynes noted Portland going old-school on Brooklyn with its centers: 'Nurk and The Turk' haul Trail Blazers to an old-school win

Allen Crabbe finished with the most minutes of the former Trail Blazers trio. He came off the bench for 17 points on 7-13 shooting, while Davis added 15 points and 10 rebounds and Napier added seven points and 10 assists.=

Jamie Hudson caught up with them after the game to see how they’ve been adjusting to life in Brooklyn and what they thought of the new-look Blazers: Best of Quotes: Former Trail Blazers Ed Davis and Allen Crabbe talk after loss in Brooklyn

Jamie also shared her initial thoughts following the Blazers win: Rapid Reaction: 3 Quick Takeaways from the Trail Blazers win over the Nets