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Blazers down 8 after 1. Younger bench unit got outplayed by Lakers reserves to close the quarter. Jeremy Lin with 5 points in 4 minutes.
Tough couple of possessions for Claver. Badly bricks a 3, then commits offensive foul on screen.
Ed Davis, huh?
Interesting side note to tonight's game: Dame, Leonard, Claver, Freeland and Barton played their first NBA game in this building in 2012.
Blazers off to a very good start. The Lakers are shorthanded on the wing without Kobe or Swaggy, but Allen Crabbe is looking good out there
Kaman, yet again, impresses. He has a quick 6 pts, 2 asts, 2 blks, 1 rb and is 3-4 from field.
I keep getting asked why Dame is playing. Again ... he wanted to. He already sat out 2 preseason games and wants to gear up for reg season.
Highlight of the night so far: A Dorell Wright alley-opp to Thomas Robinson on a fast-break. Butter.
Former Blazers PG Ronnie Price is starting for the Lakers tonight.
Chris Kaman is playing with a big X bandage on the back of his head ... evidence of his collision with Mozgov's teeth last night.
Ronnie Price vs. Damian Lillard. Shades of 2012.
OSU’s Mike Riley said Cal is the surprise of the season… “They weren’t even in games last season."
Road teams are 16-6 in @Pac12 conference games this season.
"You can't keep runnin... In and out if my liiiiiiife"
"So many times I want to hold ya oh so nearrr... I want to say "I love ya" softly in ya earrrr ... Oh baby"
" and I don't wanna play by the book, no rules "
World Series Game 1: Giants 7, Royals 1. KC got Bumgarner’ed .... three to go.
Next on "Exploring Kaman" a wrestling match with Luis Suarez!
Chris Kaman suffered a head laceration in the 3rd Q and his return is questionable.
Turns out that wasn't the end of LA's night ... he's back for a couple more mins of run in the 4th Q.
Aldridge takes a seat late in 3rd Q & that could be the end of his night. If so, he finishes w/ 18pts, 8 rbs in 28 mins. Made 7-15 shots.
After a blistering few games, Wesley Matthews is struggling vs. Denver. He's 3-10 from field, 2-4 from deep, and just heaved an airball.
Stotts goes with same duo of first subs as he did in the first half, inserting McCollum and Kaman for Rolo and Dame.
The Blazers are 10-12 from the FT line vs. the Nuggets, 30-34 over the last 2 games and 90-104 (87%) through 4-1/2 exhibition games.
JaVale McGee just swatted a Matthews layup with 2 hands on glass, then strolled to student section and pointed as play went the other way.
Will Barton enters game and promptly creates a highlight, tossing a pretty bullet pass to Kaman in transition that ends up in a dunk.
Also worth noting: Stotts sits LA and puts Rolo back in, allowing Rolo and Kaman to play together for a stretch.
Just noticed Chris Kaman is wearing a wrap around his right thumb. Not sure what's up with that ...
At the first timeout after the missed chance, a smiling Rolo approached LA and they shared a laugh as they walked to huddle.
Rolo had a wide-open oop chance with LA that would have been one heck of a highlight ... but he couldn't get the pass off.
LA's J is butter so far ... he's hit his first two shots and they've touched nothing but net.
... (cont) the starter's minutes will be scaled back for Wednesday's game vs. the Lakers. Stotts said pregame he was still finalizing plan.
Cal’s Sonny Dykes on Marcus Mariota being best player in college: “I really honestly don’t think it’s close.”