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Blazers use Sunday to recover, regroup and focus on finishing out First Half strong

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The final stretch of the First Half of the season is here.

Portland currently holds an 18-14 overall record good for sixth in the Western Conference heading into Sunday’s games.

The Trail Blazers will play their final three games before the All-Star break at home, hosting:

  • The Charlotte Hornets Monday night
  • The Golden State Warriors Wednesday night
  • The Sacramento Kings Thursday night

And then it’s a weeklong break.

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But with the Blazers riding a four-game losing streak, this team knows that the final three contests before the break are crucial.

And it’ll be about consistency.

Trail Blazers forward Robert Covington discussed how Sunday’s practice was an opportunity for recovery and receiving treatment for several players.

But it was also about getting their minds right.


“We just have to come out and handle our business for 48 minutes and regroup,” Covington said. “Today was one of those days where we refocused and did some things to prep, just to get our bodies flowing.”

And just as Damian Lillard mentioned after Friday’s loss to the Lakers, Covington reiterated that this team is not looking ahead to the All-Star break.

They’re focused on these final three home games.

“That’ll be after the fact, after we handle our business,” Covington said of thinking about his rest and recovery time next week. “And then we can focus on that… Once these three games are over then that’s when I’ll shift and actually get prepared for giving my body a break.”

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And even though there’s been so much talk about three games remaining in the First Half, it’s still about taking it one game at a time.

Just as Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts pointed out following Sunday’s practice.

We’ve lost four in a row and we need to win against Charlotte. So all our focus is on Charlotte – they’re a good team in that they really play together, they move the ball well… So all our attention is getting a win against Charlotte and then we go from there.

Terry Stotts

The Hornets currently hold a 15-17 record and will be playing in the second night of a back-to-back when they visit Portland with the Hornets and Kings scheduled for a Sunday night showdown in Sacramento.

Portland and Charlotte will tip-off at 7:30p.m. PST Monday on NBCSNW, the official network of the Portland Trail Blazers.