Blazers and Cavs have a difficult time getting to PDX: Portland hosts Cleveland at 7:30pm

Blazers and Cavs have a difficult time getting to PDX: Portland hosts Cleveland at 7:30pm

Cavaliers vs. Trail Blazers

The Portland Trail Blazers (17-23) are set to host the Cleveland Cavalries (28-9) on Wednesday night.  Both teams had trouble getting cleared to land at the PDX airport on Tuesday night due to the heavy snowfall in the Portland area.

The Trail Blazers arrived in Portland around 1pm this afternoon after staying over night in the Seattle/Tacoma area. Tonight's game is on, as scheduled, with a 7:30pm tip-off. 

LeBron James scored 29 points against the Jazz on Tuesday night, but Cleveland was not able to get past Utah.  The Jazz won, 100-92.

Cleveland is now 10-6 on the road this season.

Keep it locked on twitter, @CSNNW, or at CSNNW.com for the latest on Wednesday’s contest between the Blazers and Cavs.

We will get you ready for Wednesday’s showdown with The Scoop Pregame Show streaming live at 6:30pm on Facebook.com/CSNNW on your computer, tablet, or phone. 

Plus, you can check out an all-new Rip City Live on CSN starting at 6:00pm.

 




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Game Details:

Where:  Moda Center, Portland OR

Television: KGW, ESPN 7:30pm

CSN Programming:  Rip City Live (6:00pm), Talkin' Ball  (Immediately after the Blazers postgame show)

Live streaming: The Scoop Pregame Show streams at 6:30pm at Facebook.com/CSNNW. The Scoop Postgame Show will stream immediately after the game at Facebook.com/CSNNW

Radio: Rip City Radio 620

Trail Blazers look to sweep season series against Lakers

Trail Blazers look to sweep season series against Lakers

The Portland Trail Blazers (34-38) will be looking for its third straight win Portland faces the Los Angeles Lakers (21-51) on Sunday night at Staples Center.

The Blazers are playing in the second leg of a back-to-back on Sunday night after beating the Minnesota Timberwolves, 112-110 on Saturday.  CJ McCollum led the way with 32 points on an efficient 11-for-13 shooting from the field.  Damian Lillard added 21 points in the win.  Portland was clicking on offense vs. the Timberwolves.  As a team, the Blazers shot 62.5% from the floor and 50% from three-point range.

The Lakers beat the Timberwolves in their most recent game as well.  LA got a 130-119 overtime win over Minnesota on Friday night at Staples Center.  Jordan Clarkson scored 35 points after hitting 8-of-10 from long distance.  The Lakers went 14-for-23 from deep to shoot a sizzling 60.9% as a a team from the three-point line.

The Lakers are now 13-22 at home this season.

This will be the fourth and final meeting of the season between the Blazers and Lakers.  Portland holds a 3-0 series lead.  The most recent meeting came on January 25th with Portland beating LA, 105-98.

We will help set the stage for Sunday’s game with an all-new Rip City Live starting at 5:30pm only on CSN.   

And if you can’t get to a TV, you can check out The Scoop Pregame Show streaming live on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer at 5:30pm at Facebook.com/CSNNW.




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Game Details:

Where:  Staples Center, Los Angeles CA

Television: KGW, 6:30pm

CSN Programming:  Rip City Live (5:30pm), Talkin' Ball  (Immediately after the Blazers postgame show)

Live streaming: The Scoop Pregame Show streams at 5:30pm at Facebook.com/CSNNW. The Scoop Postgame Show will stream immediately after the game at Facebook.com/CSNNW

Radio: Rip City Radio 620

CJ McCollum feasts on Minnesota again, leading Blazers to another win

CJ McCollum feasts on Minnesota again, leading Blazers to another win

The best news for the Trail Blazers as they head down the stretch of their playoff chase?

CJ McCollum will have two more meetings against Minnesota.

McCollum on Saturday had another dominant performance against Minnesota, as he followed up a 43-point performance in January with a 32-point performance to lead the Trail Blazers to a 112-100 victory.

Of the Blazers’ remaining 10 games, two are against the Timberwolves, a team this season which McCollum has made 27-of-38 field goal attempts and is averaging 37.5 points. On Saturday, he made 11-of-13 shots, which came on the heels of his career-high 43-point night on Jan. 1 in Minneapolis, when Portland came back from a 14-point deficit to win.

On Saturday, McCollum scored his 32 points in 29 minutes, leading with 7:13 in the fourth quarter and the Blazers ahead 105-81.

"Very impressive,'' coach Terry Stotts said.  "He really had it going and he scored in a variety of ways – getting to rim, jump shots  ... he had an outstanding game.''

McCollum wasn’t the only one with the hot hand. Portland shot a season-best 62.5 percent and was so comfortably ahead that Damian Lillard and Jusuf Nurkic didn’t have to play in the fourth quarter.

The win moved Portland (34-38) to within one game of Denver (35-37) for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference as both teams are streaking toward the finish line. Portland is 10-3 in March and 11-5 since the All-Star Break. Denver has won seven of 10 and next plays Sunday at home against New Orleans before heading to Portland for a Tuesday matchup with the Blazers.

Minnesota (28-44) has lost six in a row and seven of the last eight to fall out of the playoff race. They were coming off an overtime loss the night before in Los Angeles to the Lakers, during which they lost a 15-point lead, the 19th time they lost a game this season after leading by double-figures, the most in the NBA.

About the only bad news for the Blazers was Lillard having his consecutive games streak of 25-points or more snapped at eight, the third longest in franchise history. Lillard scored 21 on 8-of-13 shooting and added eight assists and six rebounds in 29 minutes.

The Blazers were in control by halftime, 60-46, thanks to a strong close. The Timberwolves trailed by 12 in the second quarter, but got within 44-41 before the Blazers went on a 12-1 run that was keyed by three-points from McCollum and Lillard and back-to-back fast break finishes from Al-Farouq Aminu. Jusuf Nurkic put the finishing touches on the half by rebounding his own miss and scoring with 2.2 seconds left.

The Blazers, who have had trouble protecting big leads at times this season, went for the jugular in the third, when they finished the quarter by scoring on seven of their final eight possessions to take a comfortable 94-74 lead heading into the fourth.

"I thought this was one of better games as far as building lead and holding lead,'' Stotts said, noting he was able to keep all his starters under 30 minutes. "It's good to have those.''

Minnesota would get as close as 99-81, but Portland closed the deal behind reserves Allen Crabbe (10 points) and Evan Turner (eight points) to improve to 19-15 at the Moda Center.

Andrew Wiggins led Minnesota with 20 points, Karl-Anthony Towns added 16 and Ricky Rubio had 16 points and four assists. Nurkic had 14 points, nine rebounds and four assists for Portland, which is 11-6 since he joined the team.

Next up: Blazers at Lakers, 6:30 p.m. Sunday (KGW)

McCollum lighting up Timberwolves

McCollum lighting up Timberwolves

The Portland Trail Blazers begin a back-to-back on Saturday with a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves followed by a road game vs. the Lakers on Sunday.

Minnesota is without Zach LaVine (torn ACL) and Nikola Pekovic (ankle) vs. the Blazers.

Portland got off to a 15-12 lead over Minnesota, midway through the first quarter behind Damian Lillard’s quick seven points.

After one quarter, the Trail Blazers held a 27-21 lead.  Portland shot 57.9% in the first quarter, while Minnesota shot 42.1% as a team.

CJ McCollum helped extend the Blazers lead in the second quarter.  McCollum ends the first half with 21 points on 7-of-9 shooting.  McCollum also went 3-for-4 from three-point range.

As a team, the Blazers shot 62.5% to end the second quarter.  The T-Wolves shot 44.7% to finish the half.

At the break, the Trail Blazers are up 60-46. 

 


Top performers of the first half:

Trail Blazers

Points:
  CJ McCollum, 21

Rebounds:  Jusuf Nurkic, 7

Assist:  Damian Lillard, 5

 


Timberwolves

Points:  Karl-Anthony Towns, 12

Rebounds:   Karl-Anthony Towns, 5

Assist:  Ricky Rubio, 4

 

Following tonight’s game, you can check out an all-new Talkin’ Ball live on CSN.  And if you can’t get to a TV, you can catch The Scoop Postgame show presented by Toyota of Portland on Broadway streaming live at Facebook.com/CSNNW on your phone, tablet, or computer.

CSN to deliver authenticated live streaming in time for Blazers playoff push

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CSN to deliver authenticated live streaming in time for Blazers playoff push

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PORTLAND, OR (March 24, 2017) – The Portland Trail Blazers will be available on more screens than ever before as CSN Northwest, home of the Trail Blazers, announces that its live game coverage, along with pre and postgame shows, including Rip City Live and Talkin’ Ball, will be available via digital streaming just in time for the team’s playoff push on CSNNW.com and the NBC Sports app beginning Saturday, March 25 at 6pm.

CSN’s live Blazers games and related coverage will be available to authenticated CSN subscribers on desktops, tablets, and mobile devices anywhere in the United States. The new service supports NBCUniversal’s “TV Everywhere” initiative, which gives consumers additional value and makes high-quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home, and on multiple platforms. Powered by Playmaker Media, the NBC Sports app is available on Apple iOS, Android, and select Samsung devices.

“We’re excited to deliver Blazers fans and CSN viewers the opportunity to enjoy their team on any device they want, wherever they want, starting with this playoff push,” said Larry Eldridge, Vice President/General Manager of CSN Northwest. “From live games to pre and postgame programming, fans can now enjoy Blazers coverage in whichever way is convenient to them, and this new offering reflects CSN’s desire and commitment to connect fans with the teams and programming that we’re all passionate about.”

“The Trail Blazers regular season and playoff push has come down to some very important games,” said Chris McGowan, President and CEO of the Trail Blazers.  “We’re pleased that our partners at CSN Northwest are making it easier for fans who are CSN subscribers to access game broadcasts using even more devices.” 

To learn more about the authentication procedure, visit CSNNW.com/live-FAQ.

Playoff race continues: Trail Blazers host Timberwolves on CSN at 7:00pm

Playoff race continues: Trail Blazers host Timberwolves on CSN at 7:00pm

The Portland Trail Blazers (33-38) will play the front end of a back-to-back on Saturday night when Portland hosts the Minnesota Timberwolves (28-43).  The Blazers will then hit the road to the face the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night.

After Portland’s 110-95 win over the Knicks on Thursday, the Blazers are now 9-3 in the month of March, which is the 3rd-best record in the NBA at this point in March.  In the victory over the Knicks, Damian Lillard scored 30 points after shooting 9-of-17 from the field.  Lillard has scored 30+ points in seven games this month.  James Harden is the only other player in the NBA to have seven 30+ point performances this month.

Minnesota is coming off an overtime loss on Friday night at Staples Center.  The Lakers beat the Timberwolves, 130-110 in OT.   LA outscored Minnesota 21-10 in the overtime period.  Andrew Wiggins led all scores with 36 points.  Karl-Anthony Towns added 25 points.

The T-Wolves are now 10-24 on the road this season.

It was earlier this month in Minnesota, on March 6th that the Blazers and Timberwolves second meeting of the season had to be postponed because of court conditions at the Target Center with condensation on the floor.

That game was rescheduled for April 3rd at 4:00pm in Minnesota.

The Trail Blazers beat the Timberwolves, 95-89, in the first meeting of the season back on January 1st behind CJ McCollum’s career high of 43 points.

Portland is currently 1.5 games back of the Denver Nuggets for the final playoff spot in the West after the Nuggets beat the Pacers on Friday night, 125-117.

We will help set the stage for Saturday’s game with an all-new Rip City Live starting at 6:00pm only on CSN.   

And if you can’t get to a TV, you can check out The Scoop Pregame Show streaming live on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer at 6:00pm at Facebook.com/CSNNW.




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Game Details:

Where:  Moda Center, Portland OR

Television: CSN, 7:00pm

CSN Programming:  Rip City Live (6:00pm), Talkin' Ball  (Immediately after the Blazers postgame show)

Live streaming: The Scoop Pregame Show streams at 6:00pm at Facebook.com/CSNNW. The Scoop Postgame Show will stream immediately after the game at Facebook.com/CSNNW

Radio: Rip City Radio 620

Trail Blazers gain ground on Denver after easy win over Knicks

Trail Blazers gain ground on Denver after easy win over Knicks

It wasn’t as easy as they would have liked, but the Trail Blazers took care of business Thursday against short-handed New York with a 110-95 win in which they never trailed.

Playing a woeful Knicks team that was without injured starters Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose, the Blazers bolted to a 15-point lead in the first quarter and a 21-point lead at halftime. The Knicks got as close as 98-88 with four minutes left in the fourth quarter before Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum shut the door and locked Portland’s ninth win in the last 12 games.

The Blazers (33-38), who moved within one game of Denver for the eighth and final playoff spot with 11 games remaining. Denver (34-37) next plays at Indiana (36-35) on Friday.

Lillard had 30 points, the eighth consecutive game he has scored 25 or more, tying him for the third longest streak in franchise history with Geoff Petrie (1970-1971) and McCollum (this season). He scored seven points in a two minute span to lead a 10-0 Blazers run after New York cut the lead to 10. It was the ninth time in 15 games since the All-Star Break that Lillard has scored 30 or more points. 

McCollum added 20 points, Jusuf Nurkic 16 points and 10 rebounds and Noah Vonleh grabbed 11 rebounds.

"I thought we played a really good first half on both ends of the floor,'' Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. "I was disappointed with the fact that New York cut it to 10. Some of that is obviously New York playing better ... but they outworked us. We finished it off, so that was a positive.''

The Knicks (27-45) started three rookies – Willy Hernangomez, Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Ron Baker – and they were overmatched in every facet of the game as they trailed by as many as 23 in the second half.

If Nurkic wasn’t powering over Hernangomez for dunks, Lillard was blowing past Baker for layins. New York’s lone remaining star – Kristaps Porzingis –finished with 18 points and nine rebounds on 8-of-21 shooting.

The rout started early as Portland jumped to a 37-23 lead in the first quarter behind 15 points from Lillard and some dreadful play by the Knicks. New York shot 28.6 percent in the quarter while Portland made 14-of-23 shots (60.9 percent). Lillard scored 15 in the first quarter.

"I thought the way Damian got off in the first quarter really set the tone for the rest of the first half,'' Stotts said.

The Knicks, who beat Portland earlier in the season, lost for the fourth consecutive time and seventh time in eight games.

Evan Turner, who tried his third protective apparatus on his right hand, had his best game since returning from his broken third metacarpal, recording 10 points and six rebounds on 3-of-5 shooting.

"Evan looked much more comfortable out there,'' Stotts said.

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

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Lillard, Blazers get off to hot start vs. Knicks

Lillard, Blazers get off to hot start vs. Knicks

The Portland Trail Blazer and New York Knicks tipped off from Moda Center at 7:00pm on Thursday night.

The Knicks are without Carmelo Anthony (sore left knee), Joakim Noah (left knee surgery), Rose (sore right foot) and Lance Thomas (sore right hip) vs. the Blazers.

Portland jumped out to a 10-4 early lead.  Midway through the first quarter, the Blazers stretched that lead to 20-16.

To end the first quarter, Portland held a 37-23 lead behind Damian Lillard’s 15 first-quarter points. The Blazers shot 60.9% after one quarter. The Knicks on the other hand shot, 28.8% as a team. 

From three-point range, the Blazers went 6-of-8 in the first half, while the Knicks were 3-of-10 from deep.  As a team, the Trail Blazers ended the half shooting 58.1% from the field.  The Knicks shot 35.4% from the field as the second quarter came to an end.

At the break, the Trail Blazers are up 67-46. 


Top performers of the first half:

Trail Blazers

Points:
  Damian Lillard, 19

Rebounds:  Al-Farouq Aminu, 8

Assist:  Damian Lillard, 3

 


Knicks

Points:  Willy Hernangomez and Mindaugas Kuzminskas, 10

Rebounds:  Willy Hernangomez, 6

Assist:  Ron Baker, 3


Following tonight’s game, you can check out an all-new Talkin’ Ball live on CSN.  And if you can’t get to a TV, you can catch The Scoop Postgame show presented by Toyota of Portland on Broadway streaming live at Facebook.com/CSNNW on your phone, tablet, or computer.

Knicks visit Portland on second night of back-to-back

Knicks visit Portland on second night of back-to-back

The Portland Trail Blazers (32-38) will look to get back on track when Portland hosts the New York Knicks (27-44) on Thursday night.  The Blazers lost to the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday, 93-90, snapping a three-game winning streak. 

In Tuesday’s loss, Portland shot 42.2% from the field, but really struggled from three-point range after hitting just 4-of-21 from long distance.  The Trail Blazers finished the game with 14 turnovers, however, 10 of those team turnovers came in the first half.  The Blazers also had a difficult time getting back in the game after being down 13 at halftime and being outscored, 30-14 in the second quarter.

The Knicks are coming off a 108-101 loss to the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night, which is New York's 26th road loss of the season.  The Jazz had 36 points in the fourth quarter to the Knicks’ 26 points.  Kristaps Porzingis led the way for New York with 24 points.  Derek Rose added 17 points.  

The Trail Blazers and the Knicks last met back on November 22nd at Madison Square Garden with the Knicks beating the Blazers, 107-103.  Damian Lillard had 22 points and six assists in the loss.

Portland is now 17-15 at home this season.

We will help you get ready for Thursday’s game with an all-new Rip City Live starting at 6:00pm on CSN.   

And if you can’t get to a TV, you can check out The Scoop Pregame Show streaming live on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer at 6:00pm at Facebook.com/CSNNW.




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Game Details:

Where:  Moda Center, Portland OR

Television: CSN, 7:00pm

CSN Programming:  Rip City Live (6:00pm), Talkin' Ball  (Immediately after the Blazers postgame show)

Live streaming: The Scoop Pregame Show streams at 6:00pm at Facebook.com/CSNNW. The Scoop Postgame Show will stream immediately after the game at Facebook.com/CSNNW

Radio: Rip City Radio 620

Meyers Leonard limited as he tries to play through hip and back pain

Meyers Leonard limited as he tries to play through hip and back pain

Meyers Leonard’s right hip has been in so much pain recently he said he hasn’t been able to sleep at night. The hip pain, compounded with two herniated discs in his back, has left the Trail Blazers big man playing on virtually one leg for the past week and a half, he says.

“It’s a very bizarre feeling to be playing the highest level of basketball while feeling like I have one leg,’’ Leonard said Wednesday. “It’s frustrating to say the least.’’

Leonard had an MRI on the hip on Monday, which revealed some damage, but he wished to keep the issue private.

Leonard said he first felt the hip pain in Phoenix last week, and thought it was just the result of playing in a back-to-back. However, as the trip progressed, he was in nightly pain, so much so that he couldn’t sleep.

He said the combination of herniated L4 and L5 discs and the hip issue have rendered his right leg powerless. He knew it was a problem in New Orleans when he received an inside pass from Al-Farouq Aminu and was blocked as he went to dunk, unable to get his normal elevation.

Since that New Orleans game, Leonard has played seven minutes, three minutes, six minutes and seven minutes. In the 15 games prior, he was averaging 19 minutes a game while playing perhaps his best basketball of the season, with averages of 6.6 points and 3.8 rebounds while shooting 36.6 percent from three-point range.

“I can’t really explode to get rebounds, really,’’ Leonard said. “I’m just trying to hide it, trying my best not to let it show.’’

Against Atlanta, Leonard remembers coach Terry Stotts approaching him and asking him if he could give him three good minutes in the fourth quarter. He did – playing three minutes and hitting 1-of-2 shots while adding a rebound.

“I’m just trying to give some semi-quality minutes,’’ Leonard said. “If you watch the last couple of games it’s only been me trying to get Dame and CJ open on ball screens, get Allen open on pin downs, and get in the way on box outs … and shoot when I’m open. I’m just trying my best not to let it show.’’

Leonard, however, can be seen dragging his right leg in the limited time he has seen recently, in what he says is an effort to become tougher mentally. He said in Detroit last month he was bumped on the right hip during a pregame warmup by assistant Jim Moran and it felt like he had “been shot by a shotgun.”

He took anti-inflammatories and played 18 minutes in that game.

“I’ve just tried to hide it. I’ve got to be tougher about the situation, become tougher mentally.’’ Leonard said. “But it’s real odd to try and play on one leg.’’

Leonard said he has remained on anti-inflammatories and is under a strict rehabilitation and weight lifting regiment to build strength back in his right leg.

“Basically, they say hopefully it will die down in seven to 10 days,’’ Leonard said. “And it has gotten better. On our last trip, in Atlanta, I couldn’t sleep it was so painful. But it has died down with the medication.’’

Any marked improvement doesn’t appear imminent. On Wednesday, Leonard said he attempted a round of three-pointers during practice.

“I couldn’t get any lift off the floor,’’ he said. “It’s just odd, awkward feeling.’’

Leonard's injury comes at a time when the Blazers' already have center Ed Davis out for the season after undergoing left shoulder surgery on March 7. With Leonard's limited availability, Noah Vonleh on Tuesday played extended minutes at backup center behind starter Jusuf Nurkic. 

Next up: New York at Blazers, 7 p.m. Thursday (KGW)