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April 25, 2019
Dear Scoop Journal,
I started jotting down my random Trail Blazers notes in my Scoop Journal at the beginning of the 2018-19 season and now here we are in late April and the season is not over.
It’s really just beginning… At least that’s the feeling around Portland.
Now that I have had a couple of days to digest what went down at Moda Center on Tuesday night, April 23, with Damian Lillard having arguably the best performance of his career after dropping 50 points and hitting an insane, 37-foot three-pointer to clinch the series over the Thunder, I think it’s time to write in my journal again.
My latest Rip City thoughts as the Blazers advance to the Western Conference semifinals for the 12th time in franchise history and the first time since 2016:
*THIS JOURNAL ENTERY is going to be one I will look back on fondly and often!
*My initial thought when Lillard rose up and fired over Paul George as time was expiring was – OHH MY GOD, are you kidding me!? And then… the celebration in Moda Center began!
*The Trail Blazers dogpile celebration was also one for the ages.
*These were some of favorite postgame quotes from Dame:
“That was the last word. I was having the last word.”
“I thought this was a comfortable range”
*And then there was this gem from CJ McCollum:
“I didn’t know he was going to raise (up) from 40. I was like ‘Go! Go!’ Then he raised from 40 and I was like 'That’s a bad ... you know what I said.”
* There have been a total of six walk-off, series-winning buzzer beaters in NBA history. Damian Lillard and Michael Jordan are the only two players with multiple ones. YEP… NO BIG DEAL.
*It was fun listening to all the different radio and TV calls from around the world. Kevin Calabro and Brian Wheeler both had phenomenal calls on the game winner, but I also have to give it up to the Korean radio call too --- “Dame Time!!!!”
*I don’t think Rip City will ever forget the Thunder’s antics and the “next question” feud between Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoman’s Berry Tramel or the fact that Paul George called Lillard’s game-winner a “bad shot.”
*It was an extra special night on Tuesday with Jusuf Nurkic making his first appearance at Moda Center since his leg injury. I believe wholeheartedly that he was the good luck charm the Blazers needed in the final minutes of that game.
*Now, we wait and see.
*The Blazers will either face the No. 2 Denver Nuggets or the No. 7 San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference semifinals. The Nuggets lead that first-round series 3-2, with Game 6 set for Thursday night in San Antonio.
*Time now to focus on Round Two!
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