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"I'm sore everywhere in my body."-- Nicolas Batum after his fall.
Stotts said Bucks being undersized was part of the decision to start T-Rob. v. Spurs? "I can't say today we will stay with the same line-up"
"I think word had gone out that Joel was starting so I just knew I wasn’t going to say nothing." - TRob on keeping his first start a secret
Jason Kidd said Giannis tried to re-tape sprained left ankle at halftime, then decided he couldn't go in 2nd half. Will be re-evaluated Thu.
Final: Blazers 104, Bucks 97. Lillard with 29 points, 7 assists. Aldridge with 23 points, 15 rebounds. T-Rob with 15 points, 16 rebs.
Final from Portland: Blazers 104, Bucks 97. Lillard 29, Aldridge 23 and 15, Thomas Robinson fills in for Lopez and has 15 points and 16 rebs
It wasn't easy, but the Blazers are going to beat the Bucks to improve to 20-6. Up next is toughest roadie of the year: SA, NO, HOU, OKC
Now, which player will Kidd have hit him to spill his drink?
Blazers F Thomas Robinson had 25 points and 30 rebounds for the entire season entering Wed. Posted 15/16 in start vs. Bucks
Enormous ovation for Thomas Robinson as he is taken out of the game: 15 points, 16 rebounds, a block and tons of energy. A job well done
Stotts finally says enough and takes T-Rob out to a huge ovation.
Blazers booing T-Rob when the hack-a-Dwight helped them win Game 1 vs. Houston. Hilarious.
The fans are cheering for T-Rob to make these free-throws now.
Hack-a-TRob in full effect and effective. Robinson is 3-for-11 at the stripe.
Bucks employing the hack-a-T-Rob tactic and it's working. Robinson is 3-for-11 at the free throw line
Kidd doing the hack a T-Rob after Pop did it on Monday.
Well, hack-a-TRob is a thing now. Thanks, Pop.
Batum made the free-throw and stays in the game.
Batum is still in the game and he just made the flagrant free throw.
Batum gets up. And he takes a seat on the Blazers bench. Officials give Sanders a flagrant 1.
Batum up and walking off the court.
Batum and walking off on his own. But moving gingerly.
Batum's fall seemed even worse than Antetokounmpo's in the first half
Nicolas Batum is up and walking back towards Blazers bench.
Batum's face/shoulder basically broke his fall. Foul called on Sanders who pushed Batum while he was already dunking the ball.
Didn't see it at first, but Sanders gave Batum a little shove, leading to that fall.
Officials reviewing the foul on Larry Sanders.
Nic Batum dunks on the break but goes down very hard on the on the follow through. Face first. That looked awful.
Nicolas Batum appeared to hit his head hard on the court after a dunk. He remains down on the court as Blazers take timeout
Wow. Nic Batum did a face plant after a dunk and is down on the court.
Nicolas Batum just had a monster dunk and a nasty fall. Still down.
Thomas Robinson with 11 points and 14 rebounds with 4 minutes left ... His career high is 18 rebounds
Blazers now on an 11-0 run and lead Bucks 88-79 with 4:00 left.
LaMarcus Aldridge banks in a long 2 and smiles at assistant Nate Tibbets as he jogs back on D. Blazers up 7.
Thomas Robinson with 11 points, 12 rebounds, has fifth double-double of career, first of season.
Blazers making a run with this Freeland-Robinson line-up. 84-79 Blazers with 5:50 left.
Moda Center is rocking with Portland up 84-79. Loudest cheers all night. Thomas Robinson will get 2 FTs when play resumes with 5:50 left.
Nic Batum's first basket of the night is a big one: A three-pointer that gives Blazers 80-79 lead. Batum now 1-for-9
That is not possible. Completely bogus block/charge double foul.
They just called a double-foul on block charge. This has to be a new one.
I live vicariously through Free-Throw Guy
Blazers bench is 6-for-20 tonight.
My favorite stat about Bucks is they have 57 games to get 3 more wins, which would give them more victories than they had last season.
After that Freeland bucket, the Blazers have 18 second-chance points. Bucks have 7.
End of 3: Bucks 70, Blazers 68. Lillard has 24 points. Aldridge with 17 and 13. Brandon Knight with 18 points to lead MIL.
Khris Middleton scored 12 points in the third quarter after replacing Giannis Antetokoumpo in the lineup.
Bucks announce that Giannis Antetokounmpo will not return because of a left ankle sprain
Blazers haven't done a very good job of rotating to Khris Middleton, 39 percent 3-point shooter. He's 4/4 from deep tonight.
Seems like those finger splints aren't affecting Lillard too much anymore. 3-for-5 from 3 and 22 points tonight. 64-64 2:23 Q3.
Damian Lillard commits the Blazers' 13th turnover of the night.
Nicolas Batum tonight: 0-for-7 from the field, 0-for-4 from 3 pt range. Three rebounds, five assists.
In his first career start, Thomas Robinson has done everything Blazers could have wanted: 9 pts, 9 rebs, hustle, few if any poor decisions
Love Brandon Knight's game.
Nobody has cooler almost-poster dunks than Lillard. Lefty dunk over Larry Sanders goes in and out.
Khris Middleton in for Giannis to start the second half.
Khris Middleton starts in place of Antetokoounmpo, who had 10 points and 6 rebounds before his injury
The sweater Mike Rice is wearing is actually kinda cool, not ugly at all. Or am I nuts?
Antetokounmpo did not emerge from the Bucks locker room after halftime
Blazers are shooting 38% and have 10 turnovers, but lead 43-41 at halftime over Milwaukee
Aldridge (10&10) with his 14th double-double of the year in the first half.
The 3 players tied for double-double league lead: Zach Randolph, Pau Gasol and John Wall. Hardly the trio you'd expect.
Aldridge already has his double-double, his 14th of season. That means he's only one short of tying for the league lead.
Half: Blazers 43, Bucks 41. Lillard has 17 points, 3 rebounds. Brandon Knight and Giannis each with 10 for the Bucks.
Blazers up 43-41 at the half.
Upon video replay, he rolled his left ankle upon takeoff for the layin
Milwaukee had to foul intentionally as Giannis squirmed under the opposite basket. Frankly, I'm amazed he was able to walk it off.
Giannis heads straight back to the locker room.
Antetokounmpo was able to walk off the floor, but he went directly to the locker room.
Giannis up and walking under his own power to the locker room after a hard fall.
Giannis Antetokoumpo went down hard, but is getting up now and walking to bench on his own.
Giannis was driving for a layin and in midair something gave - an Achilles or knee - and he crashed to the floor hard.
Giannis is walking off the court under his own power.
Giannis Antetokounmp is down on the floor with what looks like a serious injury
Oh no Giannis is hurt.
Robinson's energy has been valuable in the closing minutes of the first half.
Just when you think the Blazers can't throw a more hideous pass ... somebody one-ups his teammate
Blazers are a mess right now.