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

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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.

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

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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 'very secure' in tight playoff race

Portland Trail Blazers 'very secure' in tight playoff race

The Portland Trail Blazers have just 10 games remaining before the conclusion of the regular season. With Portland winning seven of its last 10 and three-straight heading into Monday, the Blazers are now in prime position to lock down their spot in the 2019 NBA Playoffs. 

The Blazers could clinch their playoff spot for the sixth-straight season as early as tonight, when the Blazers host the Brooklyn Nets in Portland. 

Trail Blazers Insider Dwight Jaynes joined Dan Sheldon and Curtis Long on Rip City Mornings to share his thoughts on Portland's playoff seeding and what team he doesn't want to see the Blazers play in the first round.

Take a listen to the clip above. 

Rip City Rewind: Everything you might have missed as the Blazers fell to the Spurs

Rip City Rewind: Everything you might have missed as the Blazers fell to the Spurs

Portland just keeps on winning.

In seven of the last nine games, the Trail Blazers have come away victorious. On Saturday against the Detroit Pistons, Portland looked to stick to its winning ways, and once again, they prevailed. Using a 14-3 run down the stretch, the Blazers finished off the Pistons in the final two minutes to come away with a 117-112 win, Portland’s third-straight victory.

Here’s a look at everything you might have missed as the Blazers beat the Pistons.

The Trail Blazers just about got winning performances from everyone on the team.

Damian Lillard led the way with 28 points, Al Farouq-Aminu added a season-high 22 points and Jusuf Nurkic had 15 points, six rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Enes Kanter also came away with 10 points and seven rebounds, while Zach Collins and Seth Curry added energy plays with a combined 25 points and nine rebounds for the Trail Blazers.

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

Saturday was Aminu’s night. With the game on the line and seconds ticking off the clock, Aminu snagged a crucial rebound followed up by a 9-foot bank shot to seal the deal for Portland.

The Blazers big finished with a season-high 22 points. He has now reached double figures for the second time in the last three games.

Jamie Hudson noted Chief’s improved game: Confidence is high with Al-Farouq Aminu's ball handling... and it's showing

Following the game, Jamie shared her initial reactions to the Blazers win over the Pistons: Rapid Reaction: 3 Quick Takeaways from the Trail Blazers win over the Detroit Pistons

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

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

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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

 

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

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

The seconds are ticking off the clock.

It’s a three-point game.

Damian Lillard’s tough floater gets blocked.

Al-Farouq Aminu snags the offensive rebound and puts in a 9-foot bank shot.

Four seconds remaining on the clock when the Pistons call a timeout.

It was a crazy finish on Saturday night in Portland. It’s Aminu who seals the deal in a Trail Blazers gritty win over the Pistons by a final score of 117-112.

“I knew the shot clock was low, so I just wanted to get it off the glass. I didn’t want to rush it. Sometimes when you’re in that predicament you rush it because you’re thinking you’re going against the clock and I figured, let me at least make it and see if it was late or not,” Aminu said with a smile.  

Portland continues to play without CJ McCollum (left knee) and continues to rack up wins from a collective effort with role players continuing to step up.

Saturday night was Aminu’s night.  

Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said postgame he was pleased with Chief’s “heads up playmaking,” which is a perfect way to describe that last Trail Blazers possession.

Aminu finished with a season-high 22 points and has now reached double figured for the second time in the last three games. His previous high was 20 points, which he had reached twice this season.

Is there a variable to Aminu’s game that people aren’t talking about when it comes to him getting more buckets?

How about his ball handling skills?

Coach Stotts has no doubt that this is one aspect of Chief’s game that has changed this year.

“I think it’s pretty obvious -- his ball handling has really improved this year. He’s made some nice drives throughout the season. He put a lot of time into it. He’s making some nice moves, whether it’s in transition or in the half court. I think he’s being aggressive when he has a chance,” Stotts said.

As Lillard shouldered the scoring load once again, leading the Blazers with 28 points and nine assists, he couldn’t agree more with his coach when it comes to Aminu’s improved dribbling.

“A lot better,” Lillard said of the difference he has seen of Aminu’s ball handling from this year to years past. “Sometimes when he catches it and they close the gap where he can’t get a shot off, he’s putting it on the floor and making plays to the rim. You know, sometimes in transition, he’s bringing the ball up and we’re getting a quality possession out of it, so it’s not like guys gotta chase the ball down and try to go get the ball or when he doesn’t have a shot, we’ve got to rush to get the ball,” Lillard added.   

Lillard also believes the mental part of Aminu’s game has helped too.

“When your mind is in the right place and you’re doing all these things, doing whatever you can for the team-- good things happen and he was on the good side of things, just because he was in it. He was in it mentally and it worked out. He was huge for us. He pretty much made all the big plays for us,” Lillard added.

Having your coach and teammates confident in you is always a helpful, but Aminu also trusts himself to it bring the ball up the court or drive hard to the rack.   

“It’s a thing that when you’re in the game and you notice that you’re not losing the ball… Obviously, you’re going to go to it more. The confidence comes from doing it… Just glad that it’s working,” Aminu said.

Being able to score a season-high after exerting so much energy on the defensive end with the difficult task of defending Blake Griffin also was noted postgame.

Maurice Harkless, who scored in double digits for the fourth straight game with 10 points, gave props to Aminu and how valuable he was on both ends of the floor. 

“He made a lot of big shots, especially down the stretch. He played really good defense on Blake and when we got switches he played good defense on the guards too, so he was huge for us. That last rebound and putback was big time too. It kind of sealed the game,” Harkless said.

Aminu had his good luck charm in the front row too. Maybe having your wife sit baseline can help boost the confidence as well.

Rapid Reaction: 3 Quick Takeaways from the Trail Blazers win over the Detroit Pistons

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Rapid Reaction: 3 Quick Takeaways from the Trail Blazers win over the Detroit Pistons

The Trail Blazers entered Saturday’s game having won five of their last six games and two straight at Moda Center.

Saturday’s game marked the first of two meetings between Portland and Detroit this season.

It was a high scoring affair with both teams hot from three. The Trail Blazers pulled out a win in the final minutes, defeating the Pistons117-112.  

Portland now improves to 45-27 overall. These two will face each other next Saturday in Detroit.  

Final Box Score: Trail Blazers 117, Pistons 112 

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

1.Jackson got to the hoop, knocked down 3s

When facing this Pistons team much of the focus goes to their bigs Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond. With the Blazers switching defense in the first quarter, Jusuf Nurkic, Al-Farouq Aminu and Moe Harkless didn’t let Griffin or Drummond get much on offense. Drummond struggled on offense all night.

But to start the game, Reggie Jackson had an efficient first quarter going 3-of-4 from the field and a perfect 2-for-2 from three to finish with 10 points in the first 12 minutes of play.

Jackson was able to break free on the perimeter with the Pistons twin towers commanding so much attention.  He then had his way with Portland in the second half off the dribble, easily getting to the rim. He looked a step ahead of the Blazers for most of the night. Plus, Griffin got it going with his aggressive moves to the basket. Between the two of them and the Pistons three-pointers, Detroit made it close throughout.

2. That extra effort

You hear that a guy is a spark plug off the bench all the time. On Saturday, that is exactly what Zach Collins was for the Blazers. He fought down low to gobble up offensive rebounds and had a couple of nice putbacks that helped keep the Blazers in the game in the first half and kept the crowd involved.

3.  A different-looking Lillard Time?

As the Blazers continue to play without CJ McCollum (left knee), Damian Lillard carries the scoring load. Lillard was dialed in from deep. He made his first four three-pointers. Late in the fourth quarter, it was all about distributing for Lillard and that made the difference in the game. And of course, there was the Lillard Time three-pointer to give Porltand the lead with 1:37 to go, but hey, it was his passing that got them back in the game.

 

NEXT UP: Portland concludes its four-game homestand on Monday night when the Blazers host the Brooklyn Nets at 7:00pm on NBC Sports Northwest. Our pregame coverage tips off at 6:00pm. 

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Everything you need to know from pregame as Trail Blazers prep for Detroit Pistons

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Everything you need to know from pregame as Trail Blazers prep for Detroit Pistons

Tonight marks the first of two meetings between Portland and Detroit this season. They will see each other twice over the next week.

Before tonight’s game, Blazers head coach Terry Stotts and Pistons head coach Dwane Casey spoke with the media to talk key matchups and more.

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

McCollum is scheduled to be re-evaluated by Monday, but Coach Stotts said McCollum is getting evaluated daily as he goes through rehab with the Blazers training staff.

Coach Stotts also addressed the issues that come with defending Blake Griffin:

“Griffin is a handful. The ball is in his hands a lot. He’s a facilitator, he’s a scorer, he’s a rebounder, he can get out in transition, a lot of what they do goes through him,” Stotts said.

Stotts was also asked if he or his team ever take the Trail Blazers fan base for granted.

Stotts was quick to answer:  

“I never lose sight of how good the fans are here… It’s a great basketball environment.”

Hear from Coach Stotts right here:

The Pistons reported no injuries for this game.

Coach Casey discussed how tonight his team’s defense is going to be the key to getting a win in Portland. Casey also gave a lot of praise to the Trail Blazers fans at Moda Center, saying, “Their fans are some of the best in the league.”

Hear from Coach Casey right here:

Scoop Podcast with Enes Kanter: Jersey Shore, ketchup everything, draft night and more

Scoop Podcast with Enes Kanter: Jersey Shore, ketchup everything, draft night and more

It's time for this week's Scoop Podcast brought to you by Toyota of Portland on Broadway. 

This week’s guest is Trail Blazers backup center, Enes Kanter!

We take a trip down memory lane to when Kanter was focused solely on schoolwork and soccer. 

Also, we find out just how competitive Enes and his younger brother Kerem are on the court still to this day.

And, wait until you find out what type of food Kanter enjoys with ketchup?

He loves his ketchup.

Plus, it’s obvious by chatting with him that he is trying to use his platform to help others and be the best role model he can be for today’s youth. Kanter mentioned how important it is to set a good example on social media for all the youngsters that look up to professional athletes.  

We also talk about how the team chemistry on this Blazers’ roster is incomparable to other teams as well as Kanter’s love for SpongeBob and Jersey Shore.

Oh, and… You should never expect Kanter to own a pet Lizard.

Never.

Check out this jam-packed podcast with Enes Kanter below.

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Detroit Pistons: How and Where to Watch

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Portland Trail Blazers vs. Detroit Pistons: How and Where to Watch

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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 -5

NBCS NW Coverage: Blazers Outsiders Pregame Show (3:00 p.m.), Blazers Outsiders Postgame Show (immediately after the game). 

Radio: 620AM Rip City Radio

 

INJURY UPDATES

The Trail Blazers have listed CJ McCollum (left knee) is out for Saturday’s game vs. Detroit.

The Pistons have no injuries to report.

 

QUICK LINKS

Dwight Jaynes: Damian Lillard goes old-school point guard again in Portland win

Jamie Hudson: Scoop Podcast with Enes Kanter: Jersey Shore, ketchup everything, draft night and more

VIDEO: The clock struck Dame Time on Wednesday against Mavs

VIDEO: Collins playing lights out, making an impact for Blazers
 

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