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Bol Bol in Denver: "loser" tattoo of Squidward, Ducks gear, "100 percent"

Bol Bol in Denver: "loser" tattoo of Squidward, Ducks gear, "100 percent"

Bol Bol's first interview with the Denver media at the Nuggets' Summer League mini-camp was quite revealing.

The former Duck was asked about a tattoo on his lower leg of “Squidward Tentacles” with the word “loser” written above it. 

“It’s from the first episode of SpongeBob and that’s my favorite episode,” the one and done and self-proclaimed "big SpongeBob fan" explained. 

Also notable from the interview, Bol will not participate in the Summer League due to his recovering left foot injury. Despite being “100 percent,” Bol is playing it on the safe side. The Nuggets aren't rushing Bol’s return to full action.

After plummeting well into the second round of the 2019 NBA Draft, Denver decided Bol’s potential reward is worth the risk and rolled the dice on his unique skillset. 7-foot 2 centers with 7-foot-8 wingspans with terrific outside shooting (52 percent from three) don’t come along often. Bol’s ceiling is high as a floor-spacing, rim-protecting big man. The Nuggets are getting a major mismatch potential.

Lastly, Bol practiced in his Oregon Ducks shoes and he praised UO on his Twitter.

Trail Blazers balancing the emotions ahead of WCF, Dwyane Wade helping CJ McCollum balance it all

Trail Blazers balancing the emotions ahead of WCF, Dwyane Wade helping CJ McCollum balance it all

OAKLAND – On Sunday night in Denver, Damian Lillard walked, or some may say skipped, back to the Trail Blazers locker room after embracing his mother and sister on the court. The wave of emotions had hit him. The excitement and accomplishment had overcome him.

That Trail Blazers video of Lillard walking back to the locker room will be a memory Rip City fans never forget.  

The Blazers were in celebration mode following Sunday’s 100-96 Game 7 win over Denver and rightfully so.

Now the celebration gives way to the business-like mentality that the Blazers have leaned on all postseason.

After the Trail Blazers rallied back from a 17-point second-quarter deficit to beat the Nuggets and make it to the Western Conference Finals, the team was riding high on Sunday.

A day to sleep on it, and Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum are making sure to relish in the moment.

Perhaps more importantly, they want to also continue to be dialed in.

“Just looking back watching some of the highlights and seeing the game flow, being down 17 and all those things just kind of shows our character,” McCollum said Monday afternoon at the Blazers media availability. “It shows we’ve been able to go through the season with things not always going well, going through injuries, obviously with [Trail Blazers owner] Mr. [Paul] Allen passing away… It’s a lot of stuff that has happened this season, so it’s only fitting that we win a Game 7 on the road and have to come back to do it.”

It’s fitting too that Lillard will be playing in his very first WCF of his seven-year NBA career and it will be the 47th and final year that the Warriors games are played in Oracle Arena. An arena Lillard grew up going to watch Warriors games as well as many state basketball tournaments.

“I think it’s a storybook moment, just for it being the last year playing in Oakland, me growing up here. I had season tickets a few seasons to come watch the Warriors play. It’s a special ending, hopefully it will end the right way for us,” Lillard said.

The right way is to make it to the NBA Finals.

Don’t think for one second that the Western Conference Finals was the Blazers end goal this season.

“To get here it feels like a great accomplishment, but it’s not done,” Lillard said. “We’re not showing up here to just to say we got to the Western Conference Finals.”

Portland will have had just one day to prepare for the back-to-back NBA Champions with Game 1 of the series tipping off on Tuesday night.

That means it’s time to balance all the emotions that come with the Blazers franchise making the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2000.

And it’s time to balance those emotions real quick.

“You enjoyed it when it happens, celebrate with your teammates, your family and then you move forward. It’s a new series now, a new challenge. We’re looking forward to the opportunity of playing in the Conference Finals against a championship caliber team,” McCollum said.

For McCollum, he has learned how to balance emotions and life in general from his friend and NBA champion Dwyane Wade.  

McCollum has been talking to Wade often especially this postseason.

“That’s my guy,” McCollum said.

McCollum mentioned how important role players have been and will continue to be in this upcoming series. He also noted that Wade has preached to him about role players playing a big part on championship caliber teams.

“I was talking to D-Wade last night about that and what it takes to win a championship. He was just telling me how the role players -- how important they're going to be going forward, each round as you advance they’re going to be more important… You have to have a deep team with guys prepared to play,” McCollum said.

McCollum and Wade have similar styles of play and it’s apparent McCollum wants to learn as much as possible from the 3x NBA champ and 13x All-Star.

“When I have questions, I hit him [up]. I reach out to him. I told him I need to ask him as many questions as possible… You’re talking about one of the greatest players to have ever played the game. I told him I wanted to be great consistently and I need to be able to talk to him to figure out how he was able to sustain it – not just basketball, but life, like off the court stuff,“ McCollum said.

“Balancing everything together. I think when you want to be successful at something you can’t be afraid to ask questions. I’ve never been afraid to ask for help,” McCollum added.

It will be a balancing act for the Trail Blazers in this Western Conference Finals. A balancing act on both ends of the court for the starters and the bench players.

“To reach where we’ve reached so far, it’s not going to be one or two or three guys, that can get it done. It takes the entire team… There’s a reason why we are in the Western Conference Finals and it’s not just because of a few guys, it’s because of what we’ve been able to get from so many guys stepping up,” Lillard said.

Rip City Rewind: Blazers ride magic carpet into Western Conference Finals

Rip City Rewind: Blazers ride magic carpet into Western Conference Finals

The Portland Trail Blazers are packing their bags and heading straight from the Mile High City to The Town to face the Golden State Warriors in the the Western Conference Finals. 

But before they take on the defending champions, the Blazers had a hard fought series with the Denver Nuggets that came down to a win-or-go-home Game 7. 

Here’s a look at your Rip City Rewind as the Trail Blazers beat the Nuggets 100-96 to advance to the WCF for the first time since 2000. 

Trail Blazers owner Jody Allen called it “gritty.” Meyers Leonard called it “emotional and happy.” Longtime friend of Paul Allen’s, Bert Kolde, called it a “magic carpet ride.”

The Trail Blazers tried to put into words how they felt after Game 7. The short version of what went down on Sunday: Portland rallied from a 17-point second-quarter deficit to defeat the Nuggets behind a dominant performance from CJ McCollum, who finished with 37 points and channeled LeBron James with a killer block on Jamal Murray.

But for the Blazers, it wasn’t about one person getting the job done…it was the team, who is leaning on their culture to create something special this season. 

Dwight Jaynes recounted the memorable scene in the Trail Blazers locker room: CJ McCollum, team culture carry Trail Blazers to Western Conference finals

The Blazers win over the Nuggets didn’t come without some loss. Rodney Hood sustained a left knee hyperextension during the third quarter and did not return. The team had an update on Hood's status on Monday.

When Hood stepped off the court, Evan Turner was ready to step up. Turner came in clutch, scoring 14 points on 3-of-7 shooting and 8-9 from the free throw line.

Jamie Hudson wasn’t the only person to take note of ET’s contributions, his teammates did too: With adversity and experience, Evan Turner was ready for it all

Following the game, fans, members of the media, players (we're looking at you Meyers Leonard) and even Damian Lillard's mom took in the special moment. 

Now that the Blazers and Warriors are in the Western Conference Finals, we have a lot to look forward to: KD vs. CJ after last summer’s beef, Curry vs. Curry and Damian Lillard’s return to The Town. 

Here’s a look at the schedule for the Western Conference Finals and where you can watch games 1 and 2 in Rip City. Tip off for Game 1 is set for 6:00 p.m. Tuesday. 

Twitter reacts to the Portland Trail Blazers' Game 7 win over the Denver Nuggets

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Twitter reacts to the Portland Trail Blazers' Game 7 win over the Denver Nuggets

The Portland Trail Blazers are officially headed to the Western Conference Finals. 

After suffering a first-round sweep to the New Orleans Pelicans in the 2017-18 playoffs, the Blazers faced tough odds to make it to the Western Conference Finals, let alone make it out of the first round of the playoffs.

The Blazers weren’t dealt the best hand of cards this season: Owner Paul Allen died of cancer in October just days before his Blazers embarked on one of the best seasons in franchise history. CJ McCollum avoided a major injury, straining the popliteus in his left knee in March, which sidelined him for 10 games this season.

And then Jusuf Nurkic, the heart and soul of the Trail Blazers, sustained a serious leg injury, which ruled him out for the entirety of the playoffs.

Each time the Trail Blazers experienced a setback, they responded. 

With their backs to the wall on Sunday night, the Trail Blazers once again shocked the nation, defeating the Denver Nuggets 100-96 to advance to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2000.

Here’s a look at how fans, members of the media and players reacted on social media to the Blazers Game 7 win:

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With adversity and experience, Evan Turner was ready for it all

With adversity and experience, Evan Turner was ready for it all

DENVER – “This is surreal.”

That was the statement heard around the Trail Blazers locker room as Meyers Leonard said it loud and proud knowing the Blazers are heading to the Western Conference Finals.

Down 17 points in the first half, Rodney Hood, the most consistent second unit player, goes out with an injury midway through the third quarter, starting the game 0-for-10 from three, and Damian Lillard scored zero points in the first quarter for just the second time in his playoff career, after hearing all of that wouldn’t you say that was “arguably the biggest win for the Blazers franchise in a long time?”

That’s exactly what Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said after his team fought back to take their series against the Denver Nuggets in Game 7, 100-96.

Coach Stotts’ big second half adjustment was starting Rodney Hood along with Zach Collins at the forward positions in the third quarter instead of Maurice Harkless and Al-Farqou Aminu.

But not even six minutes into the quarter, Hood went down with a left knee hyperextension and he did not return to the game. 

Just as it has been all season long, a Trail Blazer player stepped up when called upon.

With Hood out, Evan Turner became Mr. Clutch on Sunday.

“You can’t really put into words how much [Evan] meant to us out there tonight, especially with Rodney going down, obviously we know how good Rodney has been this whole series and to see him go down was tough, but it speaks to the resiliency of this team,” Collins said.

Turner was the only bench player to score in double figures with 14 points on 3-of-7 shooting and unwavering 8-of-9 from the free throw line.

In true Evan Turner fashion, he told Trail Blazers radio immediately after the game, “not bad for an end of the bench scrub.”

Yes, counting on ET for good laugh while listening to his postgame comments is always a no-brainer.

In Game 7, the Blazers counted on him down the stretch.

Two of Turner’s eight free throws were made with 8.0 seconds remaining on the clock. Those two free throws iced the game.

“We just kept leaning on each other and tonight we had to lean on Evan a little more and he was more than up for that task, Collins said. “[He] made so many big plays at the end of the game – rebounding, making free throws, getting fouled, getting stops on defense, I mean, he was huge."

It was CJ McCollum who carried the Blazers for the entire game. McCollum finished with 37 points and nine rebounds in the win.

But as the Blazers said, it was a total team effort in Game 7.

Coach Stotts’ faith in Turner has never wavered.

“Evan quietly had a really good series. I know everybody kind of looks at his scoring, but our second unit was really good throughout this series, all seven games…  His ability to guard Paul Millsap one-on-one in the post gave us the ability to space the court on offense and have him be a ball handler,” Stotts said. 

“Evan has been in big games. Evan is a big-game player.  He’s got a lot of confidence, he’s a team guy and kind of does whatever we need him to do,” Stotts added.

Turner attributes him staying cool under pressure to being in the league for nine years. 

“Me being a pro, and me being in the league for so long,” Turner said. “[I’ve been] fortunate to be in these types of situations already throughout my career. I kind of knew that in pressure time, I’d be fine. That’s just how I’ve always been.”

When Turner knows he has to contribute on offense that’s when ET shines the brightest. Some might even say like a diamond.  

“Pressure can bust pipes or make diamonds so we never thought we were going to lose,” Turner said.

The Trail Blazers are now heading to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in 19 years.

There’s no doubt the Blazers have built a special culture and in his postgame press conference, Damian Lillard mentioned how “it takes everybody” to build what they have built over the last few years.

“Everybody is invested in what we’ve created… It takes everybody to be all-in and that’s what it was tonight,” Lillard said.

That all-in mentality will now be heading to the Bay Area.

CJ McCollum, team culture carry Trail Blazers to Western Conference finals

CJ McCollum, team culture carry Trail Blazers to Western Conference finals

DENVER – This amazing, incredible Sunday afternoon triumph – Trail Blazer owner Jody Allen called it “gritty” in her passionate speech to the Trail Blazers in their locker room – that vaulted Portland into the Western Conference finals against Golden State was a long time coming.

And it had so much to do with the team’s culture, its pride and its unwillingness to quit. And oh yes, CJ McCollum was other-worldly. And staff, front office, coaches – everyone there in the team’s family – was celebrating hard in the locker room and its vicinity when it ended.

“It speaks to the character of our organization and what we’ve become,” said Damian Lillard, after his team rallied from a 17-point second-quarter deficit to beat the Nuggets 100-96. “Obviously, we had the roster turnover four years ago and everybody was quick to shoot us down, count us out.

“And at that point, we didn’t know for sure what direction we were going to go in. But we definitely leaned on the culture that we wanted to create – doing things the right way, working hard, being about each other, not being about one guy or two guys. I think we really built that up from the jump. And to have that, it takes everybody – not just the players. You’ve got to have the coaches, the training staff, the front office, the security, everybody who is with us there every day. The PR staff – everybody we see every day.

“Everybody is invested in what we created,. I think when we come out on top in game like this, a tough series like this, you see it in everybody’s celebration.

“It’s exciting because we all play a part in it. You don’t just create this type of thing with just the players. It takes everybody to be all in. And that’s what it was tonight.”

Lillard was only 3-17 from the field but had 10 rebounds and eight assists to go with 13 points. McCollum carried the heavy scoring burden with 37 points on 17=29 shooting and he added nine rebounds.

But as Lillard said, even when Rodney Hood was lost for the game with a hyper-extended knee, the team got major contributions from Zach Collins, Enes Kanter, Evan Turner and Meyers Leonard.

Leonard, who arrived in Portland the same season as Lillard, was visibly emotional in the locker room.

“Emotional and happy,” he said. “This is surreal, man. This is seven years in the making. I was just talking to Dame. We were horrible our rookie year, then we were a 50-win playoff team two years in a row, then we decided to blow it up. We continued to bring in guys who wanted to work, who were good people, who were true professionals, who understood what we wanted.

“Then we go to the second round, then we get swept by the Warriors, then we get swept by New Orleans. All with the same team – almost the same people. Yet, we came out on the other end of it that much better. And that’s the most amazing thing about this team.

“We’ve added some guys but this has been an incredible run. But we’re not done yet. I’ve said this, I had a quote the other night, people from the outside looking in don’t know about this locker room and what we’ve been through.

“Every single guy is ready to play at any given moment. Every single guy wants the next guy to do well. And this has been a special run and this is a special team. There’s just been a lot of things that have happened – us getting swept, Mr. Allen’s passing, Nurk’s injury, I can go on down the line. There’s just been things that you would have thought would have knocked us out, that we would have thrown in the towel.

“But we haven’t. I would tell you, I’m a big communicator on the bench,. And I’ve never been around a group of guys that believes so much. And I’m a big believer, also.

“Even when we were down 17, I wasn’t worried because this is just a special team and guys that know how to get it done. It’s unbelievable.

“Maybe in the morning I will wake up and understand what happened but you should have seen us – staff, front office, coaches, players, everybody from top to bottom so happy for each other. This is a truly special team and special organization.

“People care and people work together. (Jody Allen) spoke really well. She was passionate, told us how immensely proud she is of us, the way we played with heart and determination and grit, that she’s proud to be a part of it.

“I thought that was pretty special considering everything that’s happened.”

Bert Kolde has been a part of the organization since his friend, Paul Allen, bought the team in 1988. Allen lost his battle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in October and his sister, Jody, took over at the helm of the team.

“It’s been a legendary playoff run,” Kolde said after leaving the locker room celebration. “A magic carpet ride. And I feel that Paul’s spirit is watching over us. It’s special. It feels really special.”

Portland caught up with the Nuggets at the end of the third quarter and took a brief one-point lead but Denver led by a point heading into the final quarter, when the winners outscored the Nuggets 29-24.

McCollum had a chase-down block of a breakaway layup after Seth Curry went low to force the shot up high and that was a big play in the period.

“He put it right there for me and I just went and got it, ‘Bron-style,’” McCollum said. “Shout-out to my guy Bron (LeBron James). It was a mini-version of LeBron’s block on Iggy a few years ago. It’s something we will remember forever. I might have to get a picture of that one.”

Turner iced the game with two clutch foul shots with eight seconds on the clock.

“Pressure can cut pipes or make diamonds,” Turner said later. “So we never thought we were going to lose or anything like that.”

Ahead are the defending champions, the Golden State Warriors, in a series that beings Tuesday in Oakland. But I doubt the Trail Blazers will be intimidated.

“Jody told the team, it’s been a great season – SO FAR,” Kolde said with a smile.

Her late brother couldn’t have said it any better.

Rapid Reaction: 3 Quick Takeaways from the Blazers comeback win over the Nuggets in Game 7

Rapid Reaction: 3 Quick Takeaways from the Blazers comeback win over the Nuggets in Game 7

DENVER – It was pretty fitting that the Trail Blazers and Nuggets had to decide their best-of-seven series in a Game 7.

The two teams have gone back and forth throughout their entire Western Conference semifinal series. Even looking back at the regular season, Denver won the season series against Portland, 3-1, but all four games were decided by single digits.

Even though this has been an even series for the most part, on Sunday night, the Nuggets started the game with a dominant performance.

With everything that was going wrong for the Blazers in the first half, missing open shots, especially from deep, picking up quick fouls, and letting the Nuggets see the ball go through the hoop early and often, the Blazers were fortunate to escape the first half only being down nine.

After making rotational adjustments, the Blazers found themselves in a dog fight until the final buzzer sounded. The Nuggets biggest lead of the game was 17, but Portland would not go away. The Blazers took the lead early in the final period and were able to hit clutch free throws and shots when they needed them. Portland charges back and finished the series with a 100-96 win over Denver.

Portland is not done yet.

Final Box Score: Trail Blazers 100, Nuggets 96

Here are some quick thoughts from the Blazers Game 7 victory:

1. Nuggets on the attack early

From the jump, the Nuggets were locked in on the offensive end, attacking and finishing at the rim. With early dunks as well as three-pointers falling, the Nuggets were able to get their crowd going early. The first half was all Nuggets. While Denver was working on all cylinders the Blazers offense was a slow go. 

The Blazers needed to make some in game adjustments after the first 24-minutes of play. (More on the adjustments later.)

CJ McCollum kept the Blazers in the game in the thirst half. He had it going from the mid-range as Trail Blazers fans have become accustomed to. McCollum led all scorers at halftime with 15 points. The third quarter Blazers fans were blessed with a rare McCollum dunk. It was apparent the Blazers starting shooting guard was not ready for his season to be over.

2. Fouls stack up

The whistles were blown early as the officials tried to keep the chippiness under control. When Denver got called for a foul the Nuggets fans were on their feet yelling at the refs. But in the first half Portland’s bench was getting hit with both offensive and defensive fouls. Blazers backup big man Zach Collins picked up three quick fouls in 12 minutes of action. That was a big blow for Portland who has relied on Collins defense and energy late in this series. Evan Turner and Seth Curry each had two fouls heading into halftime.

Collins getting in foul trouble made way for Meyers Leonard to see the floor in the first half. Leonard bodied up Nikola Jokic and defended the potential MVP candidate as best you asked for from your backup big man. Coach Stotts went back to Collins in the second half.

The good news for the Blazers was the Paul Millsap had picked up three quick fouls in the first half too. Millsap has given Portland trouble with his size on the Blazers smaller wings. Millsap played limited minutes which helped the Blazers chip away at the lead and take the lead early in the final period.  

3. Second half adjustments

Blazers head coach Terry Stotts changed up his starting lineup to begin the second half. Coach Stotts started Rodney Hood and Zach Collins for Maurice Harkless and Al-Farouq Aminu to go with more offense and length.

Unfortunately for the Blazers, Hood, who has been the most consistent scorer off the bench for Portland, went down with an apparent leg injury.  Hood made contact with Torrey Craig after Craig set a screen at midcourt. He did not return to the game.

After missing their first 10 three-pointers, Lillard came up with a clutch three at the 8:53 mark of the fourth. That three forced Denver to call a timeout. That three also quieted the crowd.

With Hood out due to injury, Evan Turner was called upon. ET stepped up on both ends of the floor. Turner completed a three-point play at the 7:24 mark and helped facilitate the offense while taking pressure off of Lillard. ET also iced the game with two clutch free throws with under 1 minute to play. 

NEXT UP: The Trail Blazers and Warriors will tip-off Game 1 on Tuesday. You can our pregame coverage on NBC Sports Northwest 30 minutes before tip-off.

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Hood injured, leaves midway through 3rd quarter of Game 7

Hood injured, leaves midway through 3rd quarter of Game 7

DENVER – Midway through the third quarter, Rodney Hood went down with an apparent leg injury.  Hood made contact with Torrey Craig after Craig set a screen at midcourt. 

Hood was on the ground in pain for several minutes before he walked back on his own power to the Trail Blazers locker room with team trainers.

Hood had started the second half for Maurice Harkless.

The Trail Blazers have just announced that Hood is questionable to return after suffering a left knee hyperextension.

We will update you on the injury has more news becomes available.

Everything you need to know from pregame as Trail Blazers prep for Denver Nuggets in Game 7

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Everything you need to know from pregame as Trail Blazers prep for Denver Nuggets in Game 7

DENVER – The Portland Trail Blazers are looking to advance to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2000, as Portland gets set to battle it out with the Denver Nuggets in the final game of this best-of-seven series.

Before Game 7 tipped off, Nuggets head coach Mike Malone and Blazers head Terry Stotts gave one last update to the media. 

Denver has been so concerned about slowing down Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, but for Game 7 there’s a second unit player they’re going to focus on. Coach Malone said he is going to have his team make a defensive adjustment on Rodney Hood.  

“The guy I’m worried about is Rodney Hood. He has literally won two games for them,” Malone said.

Hood is averaging 16 points in the series.

Hear from Coach Malone right here:

As for Coach Stotts, he was asked if he would be willing to play is key players the full 48-minutes if necessary.

“It depends on how the game goes,” Stotts said. “I know, for example, [Nikola] Jokic played the entire second half of Game 7 against San Antonio. You’ve got to do whatever you think the team needs.”

Hear from Coach Stotts right here:

Game 7 of Portland Trail Blazers vs. Denver Nuggets: How and Where to Watch

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Game 7 of Portland Trail Blazers vs. Denver Nuggets: How and Where to Watch

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As the Portland Trail Blazers look to advance to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2000, the Blazers said Saturday they’re confident and feeling good heading into Sunday’s early game vs. the Nuggets.

Both Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum are happy Game 7 is tipping off earlier in the day.

Lillard said Saturday morning before practice that it’s nice “to not have to wait around all day for tip-off.” Now that these two teams have played each other six times in the best-of-seven series, things have been getting a little more chippy between the two.

The Blazers feel that’s how it should be. Lillard compared playing against the Nuggets in this series to fighting with your cousins when you were younger. “

To me it’s like when you’re growing up with your cousins and you’re spending a lot of time with them,” Lillard said. “At the beginning of the summer you’re excited to be around them, and then about two or three weeks later, you’re all fighting each other, and nobody likes each other anymore. I think that’s kind of what it is.”

McCollum added, “You play against someone enough you start to dislike them… If it’s too friendly that means you don’t care.”


GAME DETAILS

Where to Watch: ABC

Tip-Off Time: 12:30 p.m. 

Point spread: Denver -5.5

NBCS NW Coverage: Blazers Outsiders Pregame Show (12:00 p.m.), Blazers Outsiders Postgame Show (immediately after the game). 

Radio: 620AM Rip City Radio
 

INJURY UPDATES

For the Trail Blazers, Jusuf Nurkic (left leg) is out for Sunday’s Game 7 in Denver.

For the Nuggets, Michael Porter Jr. (lower back) is out.


QUICK LINKS

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Jamie Hudson: Game 7 on Mother's Day: Just another game, but not just another day for Damian Lillard

Mike Richman: Entering Game 7, Jusuf Nurkic has become the Trail Blazers biggest fan

VIDEO: Blazers ready to face the challenge Game 7 presents

VIDEO: Curry on scuffle with Nuggets' Barton: "That's real sassy"

VIDEO: Blazers bench erupts, forces Game 7



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