The Portland Trail Blazers have been forced to postpone several games so far this season due to health and safety protocols, but could games could be in jeopardy due to the snow storm that is about to hit the Portland-metro area?
There is some serious inclement weather headed to the Pacific Northwest that may turn the streets of downtown Portland and surrounding suburbs into a winter wonderland.
Yes, there is snow in the forecast for the next four days-- and lots of it.
Some forecasters predict over a foot of snow!
So, how might this impact the Portland Trail Blazers upcoming schedule?
Well, they're scheduled to host the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday followed by the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday at Moda Center.
Then, the Blazers will hop on a plane for a three-game road trip at Dallas (02/14), at Oklahoma City (02/16) and at New Orleans (02/17) before returning home.
That remains the plan for now, league sources tell NBC Sports Northwest, but Trail Blazers officials are working closely with the league to monitor the impending snow storm.
“We are preparing our players, staff and building for any inclement weather to the best of our ability,” said Amanda Mann, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Rose Quarter. “The official postponement or rescheduling of games is determined by the NBA and we will continue to follow their lead.”
It takes a lot to postpone or cancel a game as a result of the weather, but it has happened to the Trail Blazers twice in recent memory.
The Trail Blazers were also forced to flee New York City in January of 2015 after a blizzard descended on the Big Apple. That game was made up in April.
And on January 7, 2017, Portland’s game against the Detroit Pistons in Portland, Oregon was postponed due to ice and snow. One of the main reasons for this cancellation was the safety of the fans traveling and attending the game. The game was rescheduled for the following day.
“The safety of our fans and players is always the highest priority, and this decision to delay our home game until Sunday was made with that in mind,” said Trail Blazers President & CEO Chris McGowan previously stated via press release. “Input from the NBA, local government and public safety officials also played a role in our decision to postpone until Sunday.”
While there are currently no fans in attendance for games played at Moda, players and coaching staff for both teams still have to get to the arena. Driving through a potential foot of snow is dangerous.
For now, the Trail Blazers and 76ers are scheduled to tip-off at 7 p.m. (PT) on TNT at Moda Center in Portland, Oregon.