San Antonio Spurs vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

San Antonio Spurs vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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San Antonio Spurs vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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The San Antonio Spurs (7-13) play against the Portland Trail Blazers (12-12) at Moda Center

Game Time: 10:00 PM EST on Thursday December 2, 2021

San Antonio Spurs 114, Portland Trail Blazers 83 (Final)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Ric Bucher @RicBucher
Time for the Portland Trail Blazers to Realize Who — and Where — They Are shows.acast.com/bucher-and-fri… via @acast3:33 AM
Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
The Blazers have lost 4 out of last 5 games with three coming by margins of 15, 22 and 31 points. Boston by 42. – 1:59 AM
San Antonio Spurs @spurs
Great team win tonight! See ya soon, San Francisco ✈️
#GoSpursGo pic.twitter.com/2yldIIRnjl1:42 AM

Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
Chauncey Billups once again railed against his team’s lack of effort following a 114-83 loss to the Spurs. He said he needs to identify guys who are going to compete every night. Apparently there aren’t enough on this roster. – 1:35 AM
San Antonio Spurs @spurs
stats for the night 📊
Bryn: 18p, 2s
Doug: 16p, 4r, 3a
DJ: 15p, 13a, 7r, 2s
Jakob: 14p, 9r, 4b, 2a
KJ: 14p, 7r
Derrick: 12p, 7r, 5a
Thad: 8p, 4r, 2s
Lonnie: 7p, 3a
Tre: 5p, 3a, 3r
Drew: 3p
Devin: 2p pic.twitter.com/o1MNNEfbRb1:18 AM

Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Spurs have moved up to 12th defensively after the win tonight.
Last week they were 20th on one night before the win streak. – 1:11 AM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
“Defensively for sure we’re bringing it.” – Bryn Forbes says of the Spurs’ 3 game winning streak.
Similar to what Keldon and Doug said – 12:58 AM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
And another season best for the Spurs’ defense.
27 points off turnovers
The Spurs scored 1.50 points per Blazers turnover
They normally score 1.17 points off opponent turnovers – 12:55 AM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The 83 total points the Spurs held the Blazers to were also another season best for the Spurs’ defense.
The Spurs have held all 3 opponents below 100 during the win streak:
Boston 88 pts
Washington 99 pts
Portland 83 pts – 12:52 AM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
And there it is.
The Spurs held Portland to 26 paint points – a new season best for San Antonio’s defense.
The Spurs held Portland to 36% accuracy in the paint – a new season best for San Antonio’s defense.
Poeltl… – 12:50 AM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Spurs had their 2nd game of the season where they never trailed. Also happened vs Sacramento.
The Spurs held the Blazers below 20 in two quarters. That’s the 1st time they’ve done that to an opponent this season in one game. – 12:48 AM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Feel like Keldon Johnson jokingly bragging about his 40-percent clip from 3-point range is a sub-Tweet to @Mike Finger. – 12:47 AM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
What stood out on offense for Spurs in win @ POR?
– 42 pts from 3PT
-39% acc from 3PT
-61% acc in paint
-75% acc from FT
-32 ast
-73% asst %
-25 fast break pts
-114 total points
-40% of attempts from 3PT – 12:45 AM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
“Playing defense, moving the ball.” – Keldon Johnson on what he’s noticed about the Spurs in the last 3 games.
The Spurs finished with 32 assists on 44 makes tonight (73% assist percentage) – 12:42 AM
Matthew Tynan @Matthew_Tynan
I enjoy messing around with the anti-Forbes crowd, but a game like tonight’s was pretty much the exact reason they brought him back. Not someone who eats up a ton of minutes, but when the Spurs hit these droughts they need his shooting to provide a spark when things go cold. – 12:42 AM
Jay Allen @PDXjay
Chauncey Billups on the #Blazers‘ 114-83 loss to the Spurs: “We didn’t start the game off with the right mindset, to compete.” – 12:41 AM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Spurs stayed away from the mid-range shot in the last 2 games:
Shot profile
vs WAS: 68% of shots in paint, 20% of shots from 3PT, 12% of shots from mid-range
@ POR: 48% of shots in paint, 40% of shots from 3PT, 12% of shots from mid-range – 12:41 AM
Jay Allen @PDXjay
Anfernee Simons (sprained right ankle) left the arena in a walking boot, per @Principal_Long. – 12:37 AM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
During their 3 game winning streak, the Spurs have built the following leads:
vs Boston: +24
vs Washington: +18
@ Portland: +31
Before this 3 game winning streak, they hadn’t had a double digit lead since 11/10 against the Kings – 12:36 AM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
McDermott says with Jakob’s size in setting screens and passing ability, he makes the game easier for shooters and cutters. – 12:33 AM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
“Just felt good to be out there,” said Doug McDermott about returning to the court.
He said in the first half he was fine but then felt his conditioning from not playing in the second half.
McDermott finished with 16 points
8 paint pts
6 pts from 3PT
2 mid-range pts – 12:32 AM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Spurs improve to 4-1 when leading by 20 points in a game. – 12:30 AM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Spurs are now 6-1 when playing lockdown defense and holding the opponent below 100 points.
6 of their 7 wins have been in these types of games – 12:30 AM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Spurs took away the paint from Portland.
Blazers scored just 26 points in the paint and shot just 36% there.
Poeltl with 4 of the team 5 blocks. – 12:27 AM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Pop, unprompted postgame went out of his way to praise Damian Lillard for the sacrifice he made to join Team USA last summer. Pop feels a genuine debt of gratitude to those guys, and says so often. – 12:26 AM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Spurs win the paint by 28 points. That’s going to help hold a lead even after they go cold from three.
Spurs also won the 3PT line by 6 points.
Forbes played in just 2 quarters and led the team in scoring. pic.twitter.com/wHLL7xq6IA12:25 AM

Jason Quick @jwquick
As she was leaving the arena flanked by her security detail, I asked Trail Blazers chair Jody Allen about the investigation into Neil Olshey, which is now a month old.
“I don’t have any comment right now,” she said without stopping. – 12:24 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
These are the only teams in NBA history with a longer win streak in the same season than the Suns at 18:
’71-72 Lakers (33)
’12-13 Heat (27)
’15-16 Warriors (24)
’07-08 Rockets (22)
’70-71 Bucks (20)
’99-00 Lakers (19)
’08-09 Celtics (19)
’13-14 Spurs (19)
’14-15 Hawks (19) – 12:23 AM
San Antonio Spurs @spurs
Going back-to-back-to-back! 👏
Next stop, Cali.
#GoSpursGo pic.twitter.com/ozWEn6rpL412:23 AM

Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Pop said Devin Vassell did not play in the second half after his thigh tightened up on him again. Will be a day-to-day thing to monitor going forward, Pop says. – 12:23 AM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
“His thigh tightened up on him,” said Coach Pop of why Devin Vassell didn’t play in the second half. – 12:21 AM
Portland Trail Blazers PR @TrailBlazersPR
Final Box Score: Spurs 114, Trail Blazers 83
statsdmz.nba.com/pdfs/20211202/…12:20 AM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
“They’re communicating better,” says Coach Pop of what he’s noticed about the Spurs on defense in the last 3 games. – 12:20 AM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
“Making shots makes everything easier. I thought we had a good physical defensive presence. We sustained the lead. We took the hit and came back well.” – Coach Pop on the Spurs’ win over Portland
“Obviously we had a break with Damian not playing tonight.” – 12:19 AM
San Antonio Spurs @spurs
Let’s hear it!!!
SPURS WIN! SPURS WIN! SPURS WIN! pic.twitter.com/mrEwdusfLe12:19 AM
Sean Highkin @highkin
The problem with “it’s time to blow it up” takes is that it’ll go the opposite way with the current president of basketball operations. Dame being out an extended period of time is his built-in excuse for why it’s (still) not the roster and nothing needs to change. – 12:17 AM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
Spurs 114, Blazers 83: FINAL. Home winning streak ends at 10 games. 16 points, 4 rebounds for both @CJ McCollum and @Norman Powell. 10 points, 7 rebounds for @Jusuf Nurkic. 10 points, 6 rebounds for @Robert Covington. 11 for @BenMcLemore. – 12:14 AM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Spurs are on a 3-game winning streak after the 31 point blowout win in Portland.
The Spurs improve to…
…7-13 overall
…3-7 on the road
…2-10 against the West – 12:14 AM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Portland just played one of the most miserable home games I’ve ever seen …


and was 42 points better than OKC. – 12:13 AM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Spurs officially have their largest lead of the season now: +30 points – 12:08 AM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Spurs back up by 25 with four minutes left. Deadly silent in here except for @Jeff McDonald screaming at the Spurs bench to put Jock Landale in. – 12:06 AM
Jay Allen @PDXjay
#Blazers were within 12 on a 28-13 run, but the #Spurs answered with a 12-0 run to push the lead back to 24. That SA run took just 1:54. – 12:05 AM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Bryn Forbes with 11 points now after not playing in the first half.
His shooting this season pic.twitter.com/utPyjthYOj12:04 AM

Matthew Tynan @Matthew_Tynan
Spurs have scored just 31 points in the second half and lead by 24… sure – 12:04 AM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Another Forbes 3, and the Spurs are back up by 24. I don’t want to jump the gun, but I think this one’s pretty much in the books. – 12:03 AM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Poeltl with all 14 of his points in the paint.
Spurs by 21
Jakob is efficient in the paint pic.twitter.com/wHitMtXqOF12:02 AM

Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
Nice effort by the Blazers to claw back to within 12. But the Spurs just pushed their lead back to 94-75 midway through the 4th. – 11:59 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Murray steal —> Forbes 3-pointer, Spurs back up by 19 with six minutes to go. – 11:59 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
After not playing in the first half, Bryn Forbes has 8 points in the second half.
He helps the Spurs bring their lead back up to 19 points with 6 mins left – 11:58 PM
Dwight Jaynes @dwightjaynes
BREAKING NEWS: Dennis Smith can defend. But he can’t shoot a lick. – 11:58 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Zeller-Nance DHO into a Dennis Smith Jr. off the dribble 3.
Blazers with Lillard and Simons both injured might have some shot creation issues. – 11:57 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
The spurs have 19 points in 16 minutes of this here second half.
I’m a little surprised McDermott isn’t on floor here given that he’s only played 19 minutes and is still the game’s high scorer, and the Spurs are puking on themselves offensively. – 11:55 PM
Portland Trail Blazers PR @TrailBlazersPR
Third Quarter Box Score: Spurs 84, Trail Blazers 65
statsdmz.nba.com/pdfs/20211202/…11:53 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
27 point lead down to 12 after McLemore drills his 3rd three.
8:33 left…
POR leading in the 4th 10-3 – 11:52 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Portland has made this thing interesting again, pulling within 87-75 with 8:33 left. – 11:52 PM
Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
The Blazers have Zeller, Nance, McLemore, Snell and Smith on the floor. Cut deficit to 87-75. – 11:52 PM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
Larry Nance Jr. gets called for an offensive foul, doesn’t care for it, follows that up with a technical. – 11:50 PM
Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
The Blazers had a chance to get back into this game in the third after falling behind 74-47. Portland held the Spurs to 16 points in the quarter. But Portland scored just 18 and trail by 19 heading into the fourth. – 11:46 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
3Q: Spurs by 19
Both teams struggled offensively in the 3Q, with POR barely taking the quarter 18-16
Spurs still winning the paint by 22 points after Portland narrowed the 3PT deficit pic.twitter.com/znRc1ezJIG11:45 PM

Casey Holdahl @CHold
Spurs 84, Blazers 65: end of third quarter. 16 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists for @CJ McCollum. 16 points, 4 rebounds for @Norman Powell. 10 points, 6 rebounds for both @Jusuf Nurkic and @Robert Covington. – 11:44 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Spurs struggled offensively in the third and still lead 84-65 heading to the fourth. Credit the Spurs, for continuing to play defense through the drought. Also, the Blazers stink tonight. – 11:44 PM
San Antonio Spurs @spurs
Bryn making things happen through traffic 🚗 pic.twitter.com/7IPwiu1Q3V11:43 PM

Casey Holdahl @CHold
Spurs with 1 point in the last 5+ minutes, and while the Blazers aren’t setting the nets on fire, they do have the lead down to 78-62 with 2:50 to play in the third quarter. – 11:38 PM
Jay Allen @PDXjay
#Blazers on a 15-4 run…Spurs haven’t hit a FG in over 5 minutes. SA still leads 78-62 with 2:58 left in the 3rd. – 11:37 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Spurs have gone cold on offense in this 3Q with just 10 points and 3 mins left.
That 27 point lead is down to 16 – 11:37 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Spurs kinda going off the rails here offensively. Looked like they’d never played against a zone before, and now inventing atrocious turnovers out of whole cloth. Fortunately they built a huge cushion first and still lead by 16. – 11:36 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
The Spurs haven’t managed a field goal in over four minutes. They’re still up by 16, but you get the feeling they’re going to have to eventually start scoring again to win. – 11:35 PM
Michael De Leon @mdeleon
Austin won. Spurs winning and Cowboys winning. Can you ask for much more for a Thursday night – 11:26 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
McLemore 3-pointer cuts Portland deficit to 77-56.
Pop calls timeout to yap at Keldon Johnson for a slow closeout. – 11:25 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Assists in this game:
Portland 10
Dejounte Murray 10 – 11:24 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Note to future Spurs opponents: “Let’s keep challenging Poeltl at the rim and see what happens” is unlikely to prove profitable. – 11:23 PM
Dwight Jaynes @dwightjaynes
This may be the worst effort level I’ve ever seen the Blazers show at home. EVER! And my ever is probably longer than yours. What the hell is going on? – 11:23 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Spurs have led by 25 points in 3 of 20 games this season.
SA enters 2-0 when leading by 25 – 11:19 PM
San Antonio Spurs @spurs
flicks from the first half 📸 pic.twitter.com/qodsme0VEe11:12 PM

Jay Allen @PDXjay
The #Blazers trail the #Spurs 68-47 at the break. It’s Portland’s largest halftime deficit of the season. – 11:07 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Spurs took away the paint from Portland in the first half.
Blazed with just 39% of attempts in paint and made just 35%.
POR relying on jumpers and FTs
Spurs efficient everywhere but mid-range, but they’ve only attempted 4 shots from mid-range pic.twitter.com/wlTbhYn3Ou11:06 PM

San Antonio Spurs @spurs
Rolling into the half on 🔝
#GoSpursGo pic.twitter.com/eYKouBIKOp11:05 PM

Portland Trail Blazers PR @TrailBlazersPR
Halftime Box Score: Spurs 68, Trail Blazers 47
statsdmz.nba.com/pdfs/20211202/…11:04 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Half: Spurs by 21
Spurs take 2Q 36-25
Spurs with 65 of their 68 points from the 3PT line & Paint.
Pop shortened the rotation in the first half. No mins for Forbes, Eubanks, or KBD pic.twitter.com/VQ3rHiHvrr11:03 PM

Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Spurs go into half up 68-47. Three players in double figures: McDermott (14), Johnson (11) and Murray (11).
Murray already up to 10 assists as well. – 11:01 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Halftime: Spurs 68 Blazers 47. Spurs made eleven 3s, which I believe shatters the franchise record for any month. – 11:01 PM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
Spurs 68, Blazers 47: halftime. 12 points, 3 rebounds for @Norman Powell. 10 points, 5 rebounds for @Robert Covington. 9 points, 1 rebound/assist for @CJ McCollum. – 11:01 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Spurs have 33 points from three and 32 points from the paint in the first half.
Spurs by 24 – 10:59 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
With Lillard out, feels like Portland needs C.J. McCollum to be special in order to hang in games.
Related: McCollum is 3 of 10 in the first half. – 10:59 PM
Jay Allen @PDXjay
The #Spurs average 9.6 made threes a game…they’ve already hit 10 three-pointers here in the 1st half. – 10:57 PM
Jay Allen @PDXjay
Anfernee Simons has a sprained right ankle and will not return to tonight’s game against the #Blazers. – 10:56 PM
Matthew Tynan @Matthew_Tynan
Spurs are using up all their allotted 3s for the game. Need to be careful. – 10:56 PM
San Antonio Spurs @spurs
🗣AND ONEEEE!
KJ getting things done at the basket 💪 pic.twitter.com/5VbokELgJY10:55 PM

John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Blazers fortunate that another team lost by 73 tonight. – 10:55 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
The other day in Portland, Casey said he wanted his team to react when things were tough, when things weren’t going well. He got his wish tonight. – 10:54 PM
Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
Anfernee Simons (right ankle sprain) will not return. – 10:53 PM
Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
Anfernee Simons (right ankle sprain) will not return. – 10:53 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Spurs largest leads in last 3 games:
vs Celtics: +24
vs Wizards: +18
@ Blazers tonight: +21
This team was on a 6-game losing streak going into the Boston game. – 10:52 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Spurs have led by 20 points in 5 of 20 games this season.
SA enters 3-1 when leading by 20 – 10:51 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Smooth looking catch-and-shoot 3 from Dejounte Murray — his third in first half. Chip Engelland and Spurs development staff have done such an amazing job with him; couldn’t shoot at all when he got to league. – 10:51 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Spurs have led by 15 points in 8 of 20 games this season.
SA enters 5-2 when leading by 15.
This is the 3rd game in a row of the Spurs leading by 15. – 10:50 PM
San Antonio Spurs @spurs
Doug is in his bag early tonight 💼 pic.twitter.com/OD1wR7DUGz10:49 PM

Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
If the Spurs could keep Norm Powell off the foul line, they’d be running away with this thing. – 10:49 PM
Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
Hate it when that happens. Anfernee Simons came down on someone’s foot and tweaked his ankle. – 10:43 PM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
Looks like Simons rolled his right ankle pretty good and he’ll head back to the locker room with the Blazers trailing 38-28 with 8:57 to play in the first half. – 10:42 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Automatic points for Thad Young when he attempts shots in the paint pic.twitter.com/9BhSasc67j10:39 PM

San Antonio Spurs @spurs
Leading after ☝️
#GoSpursGo pic.twitter.com/P7rYF2fLNa10:38 PM

Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
1Q: Spurs by 10
Good defense by SA, holding POR to 22. Spurs get over 30 on offense against the 27th ranked defense.
Spurs with 18 points from 3PT (56% of their points)
SA winning 3PT line by 6 and winning paint by 8
McDermott, White 6 pts each
Murray, Lonnie 5 pts each – 10:35 PM
Portland Trail Blazers PR @TrailBlazersPR
First Quarter Box Score: Spurs 32, Trail Blazers 22
statsdmz.nba.com/pdfs/20211202/…10:35 PM
San Antonio Spurs @spurs
Lonnie is cooking early tonight 🔥 – 10:35 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Looking like an NBA team in the Year of Our Lord 2021, the Spurs made six 3-pointers in the first quarter. The real story is their defense, which held PDX to 8-24 shooting.
Spurs up 32-22. – 10:35 PM
Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
Spurs 32. Blazers 22. End of the first quarter. – 10:35 PM
San Antonio Spurs @spurs
What. a. beauty.
Nice pass from Derrick to Thad for the dunk 👏 pic.twitter.com/iJ6KqEuaqw10:34 PM

Casey Holdahl @CHold
Spurs 32, Blazers 22: end of first quarter. 5 points, 4 rebounds for @Robert Covington. 4 points, 1 rebound for @CJ McCollum. POR shooting 33 percent, SAS 52 percent. – 10:34 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Meanwhile back in the real NBA, Thad Young doing all kinds of Thad Young things right now in Portland. Spurs 32-22 after one period. – 10:34 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Spurs have led by double digits in 55% of their games this season.
SA enters 6-4 when leading by 10 – 10:32 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Spurs are winning both key areas early on – paint by 4 and 3PT line by 9
Build largest lead of 9 points – 10:29 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Devin Vassell is back tonight.
Makes his first shot attempt.
He’s been efficient everywhere on the floor so far this season. pic.twitter.com/Azud5qEEHL10:27 PM

Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Thad Young steal, brings the ball up himself, finds Lonnie Walker trailing for a 3. If this were the AT&T Center, there would be MVP chants. – 10:27 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
More embarrassing: OKC losing by 73, or Portland losing at home to the Flint Tropics? – 10:27 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
OK shut-ins: Thad Young is the first big off the bench tonight. – 10:25 PM
Jay Allen @PDXjay
Largest Margins of Victory in #NBA History:
+73–Memphis over OKC, Dec. 2, 2021
+68–Cleveland over Miami, Dec. 17, 1991
+65–Indiana over Portland, Feb. 27, 1998
+63–LAL over Golden State, Mar. 19, 1972 – 10:22 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Biggest win in NBA history:
73 — Grizzlies vs OKC tonight
68 — Cavs vs Heat in 1991
65 — Pacers vs Blazers in 1998 pic.twitter.com/ov0qZicQzj10:20 PM

San Antonio Spurs @spurs
about that time 🔥
#GoSpursGo pic.twitter.com/oIv9GsDlig10:19 PM

Sean Highkin @highkin
The vibes of the no-Dame Blazers (on the court and in the size of the crowds) are BLEAK. – 10:18 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
At the 8:37 mark of 1Q, we are still awaiting our first 2-point field goal of the game.
Portland hasn’t made a basket at all, only two Nurkic foul shots. Spurs have all nine of their points from the 3-point line, including six from McDermott. – 10:17 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Spurs open the game with a 7 point lead.
Winning the 3PT line 9-0, with all 100% of the Spurs’ points from three
McDermott with 2 of the 3 made threes – 10:17 PM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
Blazers start the night 0-of-7 from the field, prompting Billups to call time with Portland down 9-2 with 8:37 to play in the first quarter. – 10:17 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Derrick White: Still hot apparently. – 10:12 PM
Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
The @Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Thunder 152-79 tonight, the largest margin of victory in NBA history:
+73 MEM vs. OKC (tonight)
+68 CLE vs. MIA (Dec. 17, 1991)
+65 IND vs. POR (Feb. 27, 1998)
+63 LAL vs. GSW (March 19, 1972) – 10:09 PM
San Antonio Spurs @spurs
There’s a party tonight in Spurs Digital Arena pres. by
@SociosHoops
Join now for your shot at $50 in the Fan Shop! pic.twitter.com/yLQL59aTlI9:57 PM

Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Spurs: Murray, White, Johnson, McDermott, Poeltl
Blazers: Simons, McCollum, Powell, Covington, Nurkic – 9:57 PM
Sarah Todd @NBASarah
I won’t be covering the Jazz vs. Celtics game tomorrow night. I’m taking a couple days off to head to Portland and cheer on the Claret and Cobalt. 😈😈💁🏼‍♀️💁🏼‍♀️💁🏼‍♀️ – 9:48 PM
Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
Thad Young is frustrated with his playing time on the Spurs.
“Right now, this situation is not ideal for me. I’ve never been in a situation where I’ve had to settle for 4 and 6 minutes a game… It’s super tough. It’s very tough and frustrating at times.” basketballnews.com/stories/spurs-…9:42 PM
Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
🏀 #RipCity  vs @San Antonio Spurs
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📻 @RipCityRadio620 pic.twitter.com/zDiXqO1AII9:24 PM

James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Cade Cunningham opens up scoring with a 3-ball. He’s coming off a career-high 26-point game in Portland. – 9:12 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Spurs Vs Blazers Pre-Game Chat youtu.be/7U-3nSE46aU9:12 PM
Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
Norman Powell is back tonight for the Blazers. pic.twitter.com/rgB5Xaed3P9:09 PM

KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Knicks have turned an 18-point halftime deficit to 79-76 in first 5:57 of 3rd.
Portland deja vu. – 9:06 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
That escalated quickly … Bulls doing a Houston/Portland in the third…. – 9:05 PM
San Antonio Spurs @spurs
📍: Portland, OR
#ULTRADrip | #GoSpursGo pic.twitter.com/vlTfONIp5O9:04 PM

Casey Holdahl @CHold
Team announces that @Norman Powell (right quad contusion) has been upgraded from questionable to available for tonight’a game vs. Spurs – 9:01 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Greetings from Portland, where Oregon State’s Drew Eubanks makes his triumphant return tonight for the Spurs. pic.twitter.com/IFaJfpMyJD8:38 PM

Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Doug McDermott and Devin Vassell with both be available tonight, per Pop.
McDermott will return to the starting lineup. – 8:37 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
“Yeah,” says Coach Pop of Doug McDermott being back in the starting lineup tonight. – 8:35 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
7:45 pm CT check out ProjectSpurs.com for a pregame audio session
Discussing what Coach Pop and Billups said, plus a preview of Spurs-Blazers tonight – 8:27 PM
San Antonio Spurs @spurs
2️⃣4️⃣ is back on the court tonight! 🙌
The guys on @OldManAndThree recently showed love to Devin, including how he’s one of their favorite young wings in the league 💯 pic.twitter.com/AHNQWmHvEq8:26 PM

Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
“He looks like he’s having fun. Defensively, he’s pressuring guys.” – Coach Billups says he likes how Dejounte Murray has continued to improve as a point guard – 8:20 PM
Sean Highkin @highkin
Chauncey Billups says Damian Lillard will be spending a lot of time resting over these 10 days but he “hopes” they’ll be able to get him a little bit of basketball activity. There’s been no talk of surgery at this point. – 8:20 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
“They’re a dangerous team. They compete. They’re the best team scoring in the paint.” – Coach Billups on the Spurs
“They’re not going to lay down, this team is going to compete.” – 8:20 PM
Jay Allen @PDXjay
Chauncey Billups says he doesn’t know yet if Norman Powell (right quad contusion) will play tonight against the Spurs. Billups says Powell looked good this morning at shootaround and he’s hopeful he’ll be able to play tonight. #Blazers8:17 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Coach Billups says Norman Powell is still a game time decision. – 8:16 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
The first guys off the first bus to warm up: Jock Landale and Tre Jones. pic.twitter.com/ov4pkKLsWo7:43 PM

San Antonio Spurs @spurs
What will tonight’s point total be? 🤔
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Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
Tonight’s Game Day Poster!
🎨 by Mashall Smith pic.twitter.com/bHzEQu5MA87:30 PM

The Ringer @ringernba
Dame and CJ are magic on offense but tragic on defense. Now is the time for the Blazers to break them up. #TheVoidNBA pic.twitter.com/LMwqeGZi7Z7:22 PM
Jock Landale @JockLandale
Looking forward to seeing that banner hung tonight! @MelbUnitedHQ7:08 PM
Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
Thad Young was blindsided by the Bulls-Spurs trade and found out through Twitter.
“It definitely caught me off guard. My agent had just talked to everybody in Chicago and we were being told that I was coming back… I would’ve rather found out from them.” basketballnews.com/stories/thadde…5:47 PM
San Antonio Spurs @spurs
putting work in before our matchup in Rip City
@Gatorade | #PorVida pic.twitter.com/xwFFh3yIus5:31 PM

Jim Lefko @jimlefko
Wade Bowen, Sam Hunt and Little Big Town added to San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo 2022 lineup, joining Lucacris, Lady A, Toby Keith et. al. for what organizers hope will be a record year after a slump on 2021. More at 6 on @News4SA pic.twitter.com/f67nL6wjFu5:16 PM

Greg Brown @gb3elite
#Ripcity It’s Game Dayyyyyyy!!! pic.twitter.com/OeBhXkCQRq4:51 PM

Josh Newman @Joshua_Newman
Hopping on @1080TheFAN in Portland at 2:45 MT to talk about whatever. – 4:41 PM
San Antonio Spurs @spurs
a sneakerhead’s dream 👟🤩
can you match the kicks with the player they belong to? pic.twitter.com/c2eGr0J29m4:20 PM

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