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Blazers prove the NBA truism -- the aggressive team gets the calls

Blazers prove the NBA truism -- the aggressive team gets the calls

Some real talk about Portland's 114-110 win over the Philadelphia 76ers Thursday night:

  • A wacky, crazy, strange game. And for Trail Blazer fans, probably the most exciting game of the season. In the fourth quarter Portland did a great job of mucking the game up -- being physical on defense and very aggressive at both ends of the floor. It resulted in a 42-point quarter while holding the Sixers to 25. I liked the Blazers' passion in the period more than anything. They fed off the home crowd, which was rightfully going bonkers for the first time in weeks
  • And speaking of the home crowd, the referees pitched in and helped as much as they could. Portland shot 47 free throws while Philadelphia got just 14. That's a joke, but once again testimony to the NBA truism that the aggressive team gets the calls.
  • The game may have turned on a flagrant foul call on Joel Embiid in the fourth quarter when he bumped Jusuf Nurkic to the floor. Or Nurkic just flopped onto the floor. I can understand an official watching that in real time and thinking it may have been a flagrant foul -- but after watching a replay? That was a real bad call -- and even though Nurkic missed his free throws, you could feel the game changing on that call. Embiid seemed discouraged and tired down the stretch. Great player, though.
  • Nurkic offered a look at both sides of his game. He suffered through all sorts of stumbles, fumbles and misfires over the first three quarters. The man has missed more close-in shots and layups this season than any player I've ever seen. But in the fourth quarter, after getting his nose bloodied, he found passion and assertiveness. He was an inspiration down the stretch -- leading to the obvious question: Where has THAT Nurkic been?
  • The Sixers are a well-coached team but I could not figure out why they didn't send Embiid to the low post in the fourth quarter and let him go directly at Nurkic who played most of the final period with five fouls. My goodness, Nurkic will commit that sixth foul if you give him half a chance. in fact, the passive game officials aside, I thought he did commit his sixth foul two or three times but it just wasn't called
  • Like Nurkic, Shabazz Napier completely turned his game around in the second half. He missed his first six shots and struggled against the quickness of 76ers guard T.J. McConnell in the first half. But he hit seven of his last eight shots and was a big part of his team's late rally.
  • I'm not sure how much longer NBA officials will keep falling for Nurkic's flopping around but you have to figure it will reach that point.
  • CJ McCollum had one of those games we've come to expect of him -- making just about every open shot he got, including some big ones.
  • Somehow, Portland found its passion button in the second half. I don't know what triggered it, but it's been missing most of the season. What a difference when this team is playing with desperation and aggression.

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Blazers dig hole too big to climb out of in Philly

Blazers dig hole too big to climb out of in Philly

There was no love for the Blazers in Philadelphia on Wednesday. The Blazers missed shot after shot to start the game, failing to score a bucket until the 5:01 mark in the first quarter. At that point it was a 2-16 game, and the Blazers couldn’t recover. On the bright side, just two days removed from a nasty ankle sprain, Damian Lillard didn’t skip a beat scoring 30pts to lead all scorers.

The Blazers are now 1-1 on this five-game road trip, and take on the Nets Friday in Brooklyn.

Final Score: Sixers 101 - Blazers 81




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Five GREAT reasons to watch the replay of Blazers' title win tonight

Five GREAT reasons to watch the replay of Blazers' title win tonight

At 7 o'clock tonight, CSN is going to re-air Portland's 1977 NBA championship win over the Philadelphia 76ers -- in its entirety. Yes, the whole game. And aside from me promising you it's a fun game, here's why you should make every effort to watch it:

  • You have probably never seen the game and if you're a Trail Blazer fan, why not take a couple of hours and bask in the glory of your only title?
  • Do you really know what Bill Walton was capable of doing when healthy? I'd guess there are a lot of people out there who have never actually seen him play. This would be a game to watch then, because he was at his best -- a sensational performance at both ends of the floor.
  • Ever see Dr. J play? If you haven't, buckle your seat belt. Also a chance to watch Doug Collins, George McGinnis, Lionel Hollins, Maurice Lucas and many others you've probably heard about but never actually saw.
  • Do you wonder why Bob Gross's uniform number hangs in the rafters at Moda? Watch this game. Terrific two-way player.
  • Ever see a game without a three-point line? I bet there are a lot of you out there who haven't. And if you haven't, you should watch just so you see how important centers were in that era of basketball. It was a much different game.

I'm telling  you, this is a rare opportunity. Not sure when it will be shown again. And you won't regret giving it a look.

Relive the glory of the 1977 championship tonight on CSN

Relive the glory of the 1977 championship tonight on CSN


On this day in 1977 the Portland Trail Blazers did the unthinkable: They defeated the heavily favored Philadelphia 76ers in Game 6 of the NBA Finals and won the team’s first, and to this day only NBA championship.

Tonight at 7:00 on CSNNW we will re-air the greatest game in the franchise’s history, giving Rip City a chance to relive the glory that was the 1977 championship.

As is usual here at CSN in the modern day, we write a game preview prior to every Trail Blazers game. So close your eyes for quick second, imagine it’s 1977, and enjoy this “preview” of Game 6 of the 1977 NBA Finals.

We know how the story ends, but that doesn’t make it any less sweet.

Tonight. You. CSN. Your television. See you at 7:00 PM! 


GAME PREVIEW: Blazers can win it all with a victory tonight over the 76ers

The Portland Trail Blazers can bring home the team’s first NBA title with a win over the Philadelphia 76ers tonight at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

It was just over a week ago that the heavily favored 76ers held a 2-0 lead over the Trail Blazers, and looked dominate in a 107-89 victory in Game 2.

However, there was more than just a simple basketball game that night: In the closing minutes of the game tempers flared resulting in bench-clearing brawl that saw the ejection the Philadelphia’s Darryl Dawkins and Portland’s Maurice Lucas. The brawl has since ingnited the Trail Blazers.

With the fire still burning from Game 2, and the sixth man of the Rose City behind them, Portland throttled the 76ers in Games 3 and 4: 129-107 and 130-98 victories respectively. Some say it was the home cooking. Other say that Dawkins temper has sparked the Blazers. I say it is a little bit of both.

With the team riding high after tying the series 2-2, it was time to head back east for Game 5. Of course things would be more difficult on the road, but this was a much different team than the Philly faithful saw visit town the first two games. This Blazers squad scratched, clawed, and battled for the110-104 victory to get us where we are today: One victory away from crowning them champions.

Needless to say, it really looks like the 76ers may regret Dawkins firing up Lucas and Co. Since that moment we have seen an entirely different Trail Blazers team. A team now poised to do the unthinkable.

To continue the hot streak and end this series the Blazers will need to rely on their two-headed monster that is Lucas and Bill Walton. Through five games Lucas has averaged 20.6 points and 11.8 rebounds, while Walton has averaged 18.2 points and 18.2 rebounds. They have really set the pace for the Blazers, and are the main reason they are on the brink of a championship.

For the 76ers to keep this series alive not only do they need to shutdown Walton and Lucas, they will need a big game from Julius Erving and Doug Collins. Erving is averaging 28.4 points and 7.0 rebounds this series, while Collins is averaging 22.4 points and 4.4 rebounds. However, they haven’t seen much from the supporting cast which could end up being the difference here in Game 6.

Will the 76ers bounce back, force a Game 7, and send this series back to Philadelphia? Will the Blazers slam the door and start their championship party on their home court?

Tune into CSN tonight at 7:00 PM to find out (wink, wink).


Game Details:

Where:  Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Portland OR (Well, it was there way back in 1977, don’t show up today planning on seeing a game).

Television: CSN, 7:00 pm

CSN Programming: A special '77 Championship edition of Talkin' Ball will air immediately following the game

Twitter: Follow us on Twitter @CSNNW for all the latest game updates and details


Nurkic Fever strikes again: Blazers beat 76ers behind monster game from Blazers center

Nurkic Fever strikes again: Blazers beat 76ers behind monster game from Blazers center

There is a new star in Portland and his name is Jusuf Nurkic.

Behind their new acquisition, who nearly posted a triple-double, the Trail Blazers secured their first four-game winning streak of the season with a wild 114-108 overtime victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.

Nurkic, the 7-foot center acquired in mid-February from Denver, set career-highs with 28 points, 20 rebounds, eight assists and six blocks and also made a game-clinching defensive play in the overtime period. With Portland clinging to a 110-106 lead, Philadelphia inbounded with 40 seconds left when Nurkic reached and deflected the pass off the foot of Jahlil Okafor.

The game went to overtime after Robert Covington made up for an earlier gaffe by scoring at the buzzer off an offensive rebound.

The win moved Portland (28-35) within one-half game of Denver (29-35) for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with 19 games remaining.

Philadelphia fell to 23-42.

The game went into overtime after an eventful final minute that was punctuated by mindless plays from both teams.

After Nurkic the game tied at 95 with 33.9 seconds left, Philadelphia’s TJ McConnell missed a running jumper, and when CJ McCollum rebounded, Philadelphia’s Covington inexplicably – and intentionally -- fouled McCollum in the backcourt with 19.6 seconds left.

McCollum made both free throws and when Philadelphia tried to tie it with a Dario Saric inside shot, Al-Farouq Aminu blocked the shot. But in clearing the play, Aminu threw a pass downcourt to Maurice Harkless that overshot him and went into the stands with 11.8 seconds left.

Philadelphia’s Saric, who is in contention for the NBA’s Rookie of the Year, scored a career-high 28 points, Covington had 24 and former Blazers forward Gerald Henderson had 14.

Nurkic carried the Blazers to a 57-52 lead at halftime, recording 13 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 blocks in the first half. He made an impact from the get-go, threading a nice pass to Maurice Harkless for the game’s first basket, then recording a block on Jahlil Okafor on the next possession, which he followed by scoring on a bank shot off a post up on the Blazers next trip down the court.

The Blazers were also fueled by Allen Crabbe, who fresh off a 23-point performance in Oklahoma City made five of his first seven shots and scored 12 first-half points. That marked the first time in five games this season that Crabbe followed up a 20-point performance by scoring in double figures.

Crabbe finished with 23 points, including a floater in the lane with 20.9 seconds left in overtime that put the final nail in the 76ers’ coffin.

Damian Lillard struggled with his shot all night, but finished with 24 points thanks to hitting all 12 of his free throws. Lillard went 6-of-21 from the field, and missed all six of his three-point attempts, ending his franchise-record streak of 42 games with a three-pointer.

Next up: Washington at Blazers, 7 p.m. Saturday (CSN)

Lillard scores 30, but Trail Blazers stunned at the buzzer in Philadelphia

Lillard scores 30, but Trail Blazers stunned at the buzzer in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA -- A snakebit season just became more venomous for the Trail Blazers after a heartbreaking 93-92 loss in the final seconds to the Philadelphia 76ers at The Center. 

Robert Covington hit a three-pointer with 4.5 seconds left to give Philadelphia the lead and Mason Plumlee missed a close-range shot in the final seconds to send the upstart 76ers to their third straight win and eighth in past 10 games. 

Portland (18-27) lost for the fourth straight time and fell a season-low nine games under .500 and 7-18 on the road, despite 30 points from Damian Lillard. 

It was Lillard's missed free throw with 14.7 seconds that kept the Blazers lead at 92-90, setting up Covington's big shot. After Plumlee's miss, the Philadelphia players stormed the court and celebrated as the Blazers stood stunned.

"This one is on me,'' Lillard said.

Before the game, Blazers coach Terry Stotts said he was considering making some adjustments, but he declined to say whether it would be to his starting lineup, the rotation or tactical. 

It turned out to be to his starting lineup.

Initially, the 76ers released the starting lineups revealing the Blazers usual five -- Lillard, CJ McCollum, Maurice Harkless, Al-Farouq Aminu and Mason Plumlee. But just before player introductions, Noah Vonleh and Evan Turner were announced as starters in place of Harkless and Aminu. 

"You have to look at things different in hopes of stirring it up a bit,'' Stotts said before the game. 

It worked early as Lillard came out torching the nets by hitting seven of his first eight shots, and his 20 points in the first half helped the Blazer built a 13-point halftime lead. 

But behind rookie sensation Joel Embiid (18 points and 10 rebounds) and the sharp-shooting of Covington (22 points), the 76ers battled back, taking advantage of poor shooting from Portland (37 percent), which included 5-for-18 from McCollum and 2-for-10 from Turner.

Before the game, Stotts remarked that the Blazers have been "snakebit" this season by big shots or by players who normally don't shoot well hitting big shots. 

Little did he know, that storyline would repeat itself three hours later.

Next up: Blazers at Boston, 2 p.m. Saturday (CSN).


Gerald Henderson remembers 'hungry' group of Blazers from last season

Gerald Henderson remembers 'hungry' group of Blazers from last season

PHILADELPHIA – Former Trail Blazers wing Gerald Henderson said he hasn’t watched Portland play much this season, but from what little he has seen, he can’t put his finger on why the Blazers are struggling so much.

“Just watching them, they run the same plays,’’ said Henderson, who is averaging 24.6 minutes a game in Philadelphia. “They have some different faces there, and they have some talented guys … it just hasn’t clicked for them yet chemistry wise, or whatever it might be, on either end.’’

Henderson last season was a key cog in what made the Blazers click, as his mid-season resurgence coincided with Portland’s January surge that eventually resulted in 44 wins and a playoff berth.

What made the Blazers work last season?

“We had a hungry group, a hungry group,’’ Henderson said. “A lot of guys up for contracts, a lot of guys trying to prove themselves in the league. At a certain point, that all came together for us and it ended up being a good year.’’

Henderson was one of those players up for a contract and he parlayed his 8.7 points and 2.9 rebounds into a two-year, $18 million deal with Philadelphia. With the Sixers, he is averaging 9.5 points and 2.6 rebounds while shooting 46.2 percent from the field and 40.8 percent from three-point range.

Knowing much of the Blazers’ personnel and coaching staff, Henderson said he doesn’t expect Portland to continue its struggles.

“They have a good staff over there, they do things the right way,’’ Henderson said. “And they have some really good players, so I would bet they would start doing better at some point.’’

Next up: Blazers at Philadelphia, 4 p.m. Friday (CSN).