Los Angeles Clippers vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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Los Angeles Clippers vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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The Los Angeles Clippers (13-12) play against the Portland Trail Blazers (14-14) at Moda Center

Game Time: 10:00 PM EST on Monday December 6, 2021

Los Angeles Clippers 102, Portland Trail Blazers 90 (Final)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Clippers LOVED how this play went. Sound up for Luke Kennard bringing it up when I asked him about his role in spacing. And as @YoungNBA pointed out, Ty Lue started celebrating before Hartenstein even caught the ball. pic.twitter.com/LOf90ajNKX3:16 AM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Lue went the “We’ll see” route when @Andrew Greif asked about Serge Ibaka’s spot in rotation after these last two games that saw him start, not play in second half in Sacramento, not play in 1st half for first time all season, then relieve Zubac/Hartenstein in 2nd half tonight. – 1:54 AM
Los Angeles Clippers @LAClippers
Coming home with a W.
📼 @honey highlights vs. Portland. pic.twitter.com/R09n2IjYyH1:45 AM

Monte Poole @MontePooleNBCS
‘I’m fully aware he’s 15 away. I’m guessing he’s going to shoot a lot against Portland on Wednesday.’
-Steve Kerr on Stephen Curry’s pursuit of Ray Allen’s career 3p record
Warriors leave for 5gm roadie this weekend – 1:19 AM
Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
Luke Kennard: “Credit to the guys, staying patient, staying with hit, trusting what we were doing.” – 1:17 AM
Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
The Blazers have now lost 6 out of 7. Damian Lillard seems not particularly pleased, and they just fired their GM.
Watch/Listen to @Danny Leroux and I talk about the mess that is the Blazers:
Trade fixes? youtube.com/watch?v=lHOEuA…
Olshey Firing/Defense: youtube.com/watch?v=48eXI-…1:15 AM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Isaiah Hartenstein said he grew up watching Brandon Roy play here in Portland. That made me feel extremely old. – 1:00 AM
Sean Highkin @highkin
Norman Powell: “I love the way we competed. I thought we played for each other, we were talking. I’m not happy we lost, but that’s how we’ve got to be playing.” – 1:00 AM
Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
Isaiah Hartenstein especially likes Brandon Boston Jr.’s desire to absorb info: “When I’m talking to him he listens and that’s one of the best things you can do as a rookie.” – 1:00 AM
Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
Eugene, Ore.-native Isaiah Hartenstein: “Growing up I was a big Portland fan .. so every time coming in here, it’s great.”
His uncle and aunt were at the game tonight, he said. – 12:56 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Isaiah Hartenstein credited Draymond Green and Kobe Bryant’s Detail series for his improvement in verticality over the course of his NBA career.
Hartenstein leads Clippers with 29 blocks this season. – 12:55 AM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Isaiah Hartenstein joked he might need to buy officials gift baskets before games because of some fouls he’s been called for. He also said he’s fine after taking Nurkic’s elbow to the neck. – 12:53 AM
Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
Paul George on Zoom: “I thought we did a decent job (executing) … for the most part, I thought we did a better job especially when you compare tonight against the Sac game.” – 12:51 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Reggie Jackson had his most assists (6) without a turnover this season.
The Clippers outscored Portland by 20 points in his 32:23 (outscored by 8 when Jackson sat).
Only other game this season where Jackson had a higher +/-: October win vs Portland (+28 in 30-point win) – 12:51 AM
Monte Poole @MontePooleNBCS
So, yeah, Warriors coach Steve Kerr believes Stephen Curry can break the career 3-pt record on Wednesday vs POR.
Curry needs 16 to break. His career high for 1 game is 13. Record is 14.
Blazers rank last in team defense. – 12:51 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Paul George made as many 4th quarter field goals tonight (4/6) as the entire Portland team (4/19) – 12:44 AM
Kerith Burke @KerithBurke
Kerr said he knows Steph is 15 threes away from owning the all-time record. And so does Steph. “He’s going to shoot a lot” against Portland, Kerr said with a big smile, adding “he’s the perfect combination of humility and arrogance.” – 12:44 AM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Kerr, with a smile, on Steph being just 15 away from the three-point record: “I’m sure he’s going to shoot a lot against Portland.” – 12:42 AM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Portland: the team may stink, but your jerseys are so pure. thank u for being one of few remaining keeping 90s basketball relics alive and not wearing some shit made by a Snapchat filter. wishing u nothing but sweet dreams of Bonzi/Damon PnRs, Sheed BDLs, and Arvydas no-looks. – 12:36 AM
Portland Trail Blazers PR @TrailBlazersPR
Final Box Score: Clippers 102, Trail Blazers 90
statsdmz.nba.com/pdfs/20211206/…12:31 AM
Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
Final 📊
Nurk: 31p/5r
Norm: 29p/5r
DSJ: 13p/7a/6r
Cody: 4p/9r/2b
Larry: 4p/5r
Tony: 4p/4r/3a
CJ E: 3p
RoCo: 2p/10r/3s/2b – 12:29 AM
Jay Allen @PDXjay
Portland was just 5-22 from three tonight. The last time the Blazers made 5 or fewer threes was December 23, 2019 when they hit just four against New Orleans. – 12:28 AM
Nicolas Batum @nicolas88batum
Great win on a road in a special place. Rest up for Wednesday now 😬 – 12:27 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Clippers absorb 60 points from Nurkic/Powell to defeat Portland 102-90.
Clippers take season series 3-1 and move to 13-12. 3-game homestand awaits them, along with imminent return of Nicolas Batum.
Paul George: 21 points, 9/18 FGs, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals. And a dunk! – 12:26 AM
Jay Allen @PDXjay
#Clippers hold the #Blazers without a FG for the final four minutes. LA ends the game on a 12-2 run and wins it 102-90. – 12:25 AM
Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
Shorthanded squad fought till the end.
#RipCity pic.twitter.com/1L6uXmyc4L12:25 AM

Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Paul George. Again. Good, NIGHT. pic.twitter.com/cbIXKF0v4K12:25 AM

Casey Holdahl @CHold
Clippers 102, Portland 90: FINAL. 31 points, 5 rebounds for @Jusuf Nurkic. 29 points, 5 rebounds for @Norman Powell. 13 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds for @Dennis Smith. – 12:24 AM
Ralph Lawler @Ohmeomy
I will never complain about a win. Clippers win 2 out of 3 in trio v Lakers,
kings and tonight in Portland v Blazers and that is about what was reasonable to expect. They will need to play better in the weeks ahead as the level of competition stiffens. – 12:24 AM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Final: Clippers improve to 13-12 with a 102-90 win in Portland.
Clippers saved by a two-minute stretch in the fourth quarter where their 2-point lead grew to 9. – 12:24 AM
StatMuse @statmuse
The Blazers have lost 6 of their last 7 games.
They have the worst defense this season. pic.twitter.com/MnpC76qVXC12:24 AM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Hartenstein makes the FT, then gets a rolling dunk from Jackson. Five-point possession, basically out of Portland’s timeout. – 12:21 AM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
On review, Nurkic is assessed a Flagrant 1 for elbowing Hartenstein in the face with Portland trailing 95-88 with 1:59 to play. – 12:19 AM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Flagrant 1 on Nurkic. – 12:19 AM
Los Angeles Clippers @LAClippers
OH ME OH MY! 😳
📺 @BallySportWest | @Paul George pic.twitter.com/62eTap8ywI12:17 AM

John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Quiet night for Paul George … but two big buckets late plus forced a turnover denying Norm Powell, and looks like Clippers are about to escape. Up 6 with 1:59 left, and we may have a flagrant coming here on Nurkic. – 12:16 AM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Big swing: Powell falls down, Portland turnover on the pass that doesn’t reach him. PG scores his second bucket on as many possessions for a 94-88 lead. And there might be free throws coming for Isaiah Hartenstein as officials review a Nurkic foul. – 12:16 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Thought Lue would use his timeout before that possession that ended in tough Jackson miss. Clips lost it due to 3-min mark and Lue looked displeased before the shot.
But Cov miss 3 is followed by 9th PG dunk of season.
Portland calls timeout, 2:25 left in 4th. Clippers up 92-88 – 12:13 AM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Clippers in the fourth quarter are shooting 7-for-18.
1-6 from 3
6-12 from 2
5-9 inside the paint – 12:13 AM
Jay Allen @PDXjay
Jusuf Nurkic has a season-high 29 so far tonight…Blazers trail the Clippers 88-84 with 5 minutes left in the 4th. – 12:08 AM
Los Angeles Clippers @LAClippers
PG finishin’ and dishin’.
📺 @BallySportWest | #ClipperNation pic.twitter.com/r4tMOHITR812:07 AM

Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Ivica Zubac checks in with 6:06 to play in the fourth for the Clippers, his first minutes since 7 minutes to go in the third. – 12:06 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Clippers offense is in hell.
This team misses open shots, takes tougher ones, and still has the occassional ballhandling brain fart. It’s bad.
More than 4 minutes saw Clippers score once in 9 possessions.
Clippers still lead 84-81 with 6:45 left in regulation vs #30 defense. – 12:04 AM
Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
This is the Nurkic the Blazers need. Bubble Nurk. – 12:03 AM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Clippers sticking with single coverage on Nurkic, and Hartenstein has rejected back-to-back post-up shots by him. – 12:02 AM
Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
Clippers are 10 for 33 from 3 —
Kennard and Morris a combined 6-13.
Reggie? Not so hot: 1 for 8. – 12:01 AM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
So weird to see a Portland team playing hopeless offensive lineups and trying to grind out a win with defense and energy. – 12:01 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Trail Blazers in bonus for last 7:47 of regulation.
Just in time for Nurkic to sub back in. – 12:00 AM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Terance Mann with one of the bigger plays of the second half, an offensive rebound that gives Brandon Boston Jr. a second look at a corner three — one he makes for a six-point lead. – 11:55 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Clippers win third quarter by four points, which is notable with Portland leaving Powell, Nurkic, Snell in there for the entire period.
77-74 lead for Clippers who are winning this game simply by taking care of the ball more than anything else. 5 assists, no TOs for Jackson. – 11:52 PM
Portland Trail Blazers PR @TrailBlazersPR
Third Quarter Box Score: Clippers 77, Trail Blazers 74
statsdmz.nba.com/pdfs/20211206/…11:52 PM
Los Angeles Clippers @LAClippers
Gettin’ it done on both ends.
📺 @BallySportWest | #ClipperNation pic.twitter.com/nZLabMyl2c11:52 PM

Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
Blazers down just 77-74 at the end of the third quarter. This group is giving Billups the type of fight and effort he asks for. – 11:51 PM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
Clippers 77, Blazers 74: end of third quarter. 26 points, 5 rebounds for @Jusuf Nurkic. 23 points, 4 rebounds for @Norman Powell. 11 points, 7 assists for @Dennis Smith. After two bad losses, Blazers showing some hustle down four rotation players. – 11:50 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Looks like Billups figured out this half that he should stagger the two players who can actually dribble.
Clippers also seem weirdly reluctant to double Jusuf Nurkic even though he’s murdering them in post and Blazers have two non-shooters out there. – 11:46 PM
Sean Highkin @highkin
Dennis Smith Jr. has had a good few games with Dame and Simons out. – 11:44 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Dennis Smith is doing a decent job scoring, but his passing has been extremely spotty – 11:44 PM
Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
Ben McLemore (left hip pain) will not return to tonight’s game. – 11:42 PM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Serge Ibaka gets his first run since the first half of Saturday’s loss in Sacramento midway through the third quarter. – 11:39 PM
Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
Ben McLemore injured his hip and will not return. – 11:38 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Lue subs Hartenstein in for Zubac.
Hartenstein immediately picks up foul 4.
Here comes Serge Ibaka – 11:38 PM
Jay Allen @PDXjay
Ben McLemore (left hip pain) will not return to tonight’s game against the Clippers. – 11:37 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Paul George shooting by month:
October: 50%
November: 41%
December: 29%
Don’t like where this progression is headed. – 11:35 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Chauncey Billups is going to Nurkic inside like he’s a running back in a blizzard.
Clippers lose the lead after Nurkic bulldozes Zubac yet again. No one makes Zu look undersized like Nurk does.
Tie game at 62-62, 7:05 left in third quarter. Nurkic has 19 on 8/10 FGs. – 11:35 PM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
The exclusively Nurk-Norm offense is doing quite well against the Clippers. – 11:34 PM
Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
Marcus Morris Sr. has found some rhythm — after back-to-back 21-point games (in which he shot 14 for 22), he’s got 12 on 5-for-12 shooting in Portland tonight. – 11:29 PM
Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
Blazers 49, Clippers 48 | Half | Chauncey’s reserves are playing hard tonight.
And the Clips are shooting 39% (they’re 8 for 14 in the paint, but 10 for 33 otherwise) and so they’re getting outscored 28-16 in the paint. Just 18 of Portland’s 43 shots have come outside the paint. – 11:14 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Center minutes will be interesting in second half for both teams.
Zubac was outplayed by Nurkic.
Nurkic is in foul trouble.
Hartenstein picked up 3 fouls in 6 minutes.
Zeller has game-high 6 rebounds.
Ibaka did not play in first half after not playing in second half Saturday. – 11:14 PM
Portland Trail Blazers PR @TrailBlazersPR
First Half Box Score: Trail Blazers 49, Clippers 48
statsdmz.nba.com/pdfs/20211206/…11:10 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Dennis Smith Jr.’s late-clock second-chance 3 gives Portland a 49-48 halftime lead.
Considering Portland’s personnel, a dreadful offensive first half for Clippers, who are shooting 38.3/28..6/60.0.
That said, they’re likely just better shooting from George/Morris away there. – 11:09 PM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
Blazers 49, Clippers 48: halftime. 18 points, 3 rebounds for @Norman Powell. 14 points, 3 rebounds for @Jusuf Nurkic. 7 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds for @Dennis Smith. – 11:07 PM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Halftime: Trail Blazers 49, Clippers 48
11 Portland turnovers have been turned into only eight points for LAC. – 11:07 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
An 18-point half from Norman Powell and some shockingly competent defense have Portland taking a 49-48 lead into halftime. – 11:07 PM
Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
Hey, the Clippers scored on a lob! Mook to Boston: Four assists for Marcus, eight points for Brandon. – 11:07 PM
Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
Blazers are playing hard and scrappy. A lot of guys praised for their effort in the past are receiving more time. – 10:59 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Man that was a weak whistle on Covington. Thought he was totally vertical and Zubac created all the contact. – 10:54 PM
Mike Richman @mikegrich
This is the Blazers best defensive lineup, right? DSJ, Norm, RoCo, Nance, Nurk. – 10:53 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
It’s not a Clippers game in autumn without a behemoth center splashing.
Nurkic follows up an and-one vs Zubac by making his first 3 in four games. He has a game-high 14 points and this game is tied at 36-36 with 6:48 left in first half. – 10:49 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
With Lillard, McCollum and Simons all out, C.J. Elleby is getting some run as the Blazers’ **point guard**
It’s going about how you imagined. – 10:45 PM
Portland Trail Blazers PR @TrailBlazersPR
First Quarter Box Score: Clippers 27, Trail Blazers 26
statsdmz.nba.com/pdfs/20211206/…10:43 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Portland beating Clippers up on glass, as usual.
Clippers protecting the ball thus far, and 4 3s by Kennard and Boston have Clippers up 27-26 at the end of one.
Norman Powell has 12 points on 9 shots. – 10:39 PM
Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
Clippers 27, Blazers 26 | End 1 | In his first start, Luke Kennard has 8 points in 8 minutes on 2-3 shooting (from 3). Brandon Boston with a couple of those buckets from deep for six points. – 10:39 PM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
The Amazing Sladek is following the Clippers, apparently. Was in Sacramento on Saturday, and has brought his chairs to Portland tonight. – 10:39 PM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
Clippers 27, Blazers 26: end of first quarter. 12 points, 1 rebound for @Norman Powell. 6 points, 1 rebound for @Jusuf Nurkic. 2 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds for @Dennis Smith. POR shooting 48 percent, LAC 44 percent. – 10:38 PM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
First quarter: Clippers 27, Trail Blazers 26 – 10:37 PM
Los Angeles Clippers @LAClippers
The rookie makin’ it rain.
📺 @BallySportWest | @BJ Boston pic.twitter.com/B35k1K49ig10:37 PM

Los Angeles Clippers @LAClippers
Denied by @Ivica Zubac ➡️ @Luke Kennard for three.
📺 @BallySportWest | #ClipperNation pic.twitter.com/itB4yw6Jti10:30 PM

Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
Back-to-back 3s from Brandon Boston and the Clippers are up 22-15 (3:37, 1st). – 10:28 PM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Brandon Boston Jr. has five quick points for the Clippers. Like that move by Ty to substitute Luke’s offensive potential for Boston, while playing the rook alongside Zubac, Morris, PG, to mitigate his defensive shortcomings. – 10:28 PM
Jay Allen @PDXjay
#Blazers have gone nearly 3 minutes without scoring during the Clippers’ current 10-0 run. LA leads 14-8 mid 1st qtr. – 10:23 PM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Facing a Trail Blazers roster with only a handful of healthy players has been, so far, just what a sputtering Clippers offense has needed. 10-0 LAC run to lead 14-8. Clippers 6-8 shooting. – 10:21 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Clippers are on a 10-0 run, and Jusuf Nurkic (scorer of first two Portland field goals) is in foul trouble.
14-8 Clippers lead through first 5 minutes of tonight’s game – 10:21 PM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
Nurk picks up two fouls — one on each end — in under a minute and that’ll bring in Cody Zeller early in the first quarter – 10:19 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Surprised they didn’t review this last Nurkic offensive foul. Caught Morris right in the face with an elbow. Wonder if league will upgrade to a flagrant-1 when they look at the tape tomorrow; replay looked … not great. – 10:17 PM
Sean Highkin @highkin
Norman Powell just threw his mask on the floor three minutes into the game. Going without. – 10:16 PM
Jay Allen @PDXjay
Nurk starts out 3-3…has the #Blazers first 6 points of the night. – 10:14 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Gotta love the deflated reaction that happens when the pre-game hype video is immediately followed by the home team introducing Tony Snell and Dennis Smith Jr as the starting backcourt. Feels like there ought to be a seven-syllable German word for this. – 10:11 PM
Los Angeles Clippers @LAClippers
Pregame with PG.
🕖 7:00PM PT | 📺 @BallySportWest pic.twitter.com/vNnywDfCwJ9:57 PM

Jay Allen @PDXjay
#Blazers starting lineup tonight vs. the Clippers: Dennis Smith Jr, Norman Powell, Tony Snell, Robert Covington, and Jusuf Nurkic. #RipCity9:53 PM
Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
Next man up mentality.
1⃣0⃣ @Dennis Smith
2⃣4⃣ @Norman Powell
1⃣7⃣ @Tony Snell
3⃣3⃣ @Robert Covington
2⃣7⃣ @bosnianbeast27
#RipCity | @stormxio pic.twitter.com/XDCKBlgtN59:51 PM

Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Khris Middleton just ran the Tony Snell play with Pat Connaughton.
That’s where things have progressed this season. – 9:48 PM
Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
Joel Embiid was as dominant as he has been all season on Monday, and the Sixers escaped with a win over Charlotte as a result.
Plus, a quick update within on today’s Portland-related rumors: phillyvoice.com/sixers-hornets…9:43 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
This will be the first time all season that either Mann or Kennard will start a game.
That means tonight’s second unit will be: Bledsoe, Boston, Mann, Ibaka, Hartenstein.
Tonight would be a good time for Boston to get his catch and shoot game going. – 9:36 PM
Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
🏀 #RipCity   vs @Los Angeles Clippers
⌚️ 7:00PM
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📻 @RipCityRadio620 pic.twitter.com/CBADPuat769:36 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Clippers break up the Terance Mann-Luke Kennard combo, start Jackson, Kennard, George, Morris, Zubac.
Looks like CJ McCollum is out tonight with Portland starting Dennis Smith Jr., Norman Powell, Tony Snell, Robert Covington, Jusuf Nurkic. – 9:34 PM
Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
Clips at Blazers, Game No. 25, (3-5 on the road)
LAC
Paul George
Marcus Morris Sr.
Ivica Zubac
Luke Kennard
Reggie Jackson
POR
Tony Snell
Robert Covington
Jusuf Nurkic
Norman Powell
Dennis Smith Jr. – 9:33 PM
Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
The Blazers will be without Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Anfernee Simons and Nassir Little tonight against the Clippers. – 9:31 PM
Los Angeles Clippers @LAClippers
Gettin’ loose.
🕖 7:00PM PT | 📺 @BallySportWest pic.twitter.com/xBvT3stgrW9:05 PM

Los Angeles Clippers @LAClippers
Get privy to the matchup vs. Portland.
#GetItLocked | @betwayusa9:00 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Tyronn Lue on matchup 4 of Clippers-Trail Blazers:
“Whichever team had the defensive presence and the defensive mindset to start the game won those games.” – 8:58 PM
Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
Ty Lue on Bledsoe’s reaction to coming off the bench: “He was great, he’s professional, he wants to win. Said, ‘Whatever you want to do, Coach, I’m on board.’ ” – 8:35 PM
Jay Allen @PDXjay
CJ McCollum (rib contusion) has been downgraded from probable to doubtful for tonight’s game against the Clippers. #Blazers8:34 PM
Sean Highkin @highkin
Blazers just downgraded CJ from probable to doubtful – 8:33 PM
Jay Allen @PDXjay
Nassir Little (sprained left ankle) will miss his fourth straight game tonight. Was listed as questionable on the Injury Report. – 8:28 PM
Jay Allen @PDXjay
Damian Lillard (abdominal tendinopathy–injury management) is out tonight against the Clippers, but he is going through a pregame warmup here at Moda Center. Getting some threes up at the moment. – 8:27 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Chauncey Billups says that he “hopes” CJ McCollum (rib) plays tonight, but that he’s not sure. – 8:24 PM
Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
Billups: “We’re hoping CJ plays, but right now we’re not sure.” Also notes, it’s hard playing with Dame and Ant, who both will be out. – 8:24 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Back here in Portlandia, where the Blazers and Clippers will meet for the 17th time this season. pic.twitter.com/T13fJze2UQ8:19 PM

Casey Holdahl @CHold
Anfernee Simons is out for tonight’s game with a right ankle sprain, though he is going through a workout pregame. Wasn’t the case (as far as I know) before the Boston game. – 8:01 PM
Los Angeles Clippers @LAClippers
📍 City of Roses
🕖 7:00PM PT | 📺 @BallySportWest pic.twitter.com/waaj0pohpX7:59 PM

Greg Brown @gb3elite
It’s Game Day #RipCity Let’s Gooooooo!!! pic.twitter.com/sK25k64TJ87:48 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
All-Defensive teams to start the year:
First Team
G – Alex Caruso
G – Mikal Bridges (idc idc idc)
F – Draymond Green
F – Giannis
C – Rudy Gobert
Second Team
G – Matisse Thybulle
G – Chris Paul
F – Paul George
F – Evan Mobley
C – Nikola Jokić
Let’s argue. – 7:34 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
I expect Portland to come out and play with an attitude tonight.
145 American points allowed Saturday against the Celtics.
Look at this man Payton Pritchard. Came back to the state of Oregon and treated garbage time like it was @portlandproam 💀💀💀💀 pic.twitter.com/IoxOkVhzju7:34 PM

Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
Tonight’s Gameday Poster:
🎨 by @j_stephen_lee pic.twitter.com/GyvBH1u16k7:02 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Suns next three:
Today vs. #Spurs (w/o Devin Booker: hamstring).
Friday vs. #Celtics.
Monday at #Clippers.
Toughest: Spurs. Won 4 straight, beat Warriors. 5-1 since Suns loss.
Easiest: Clippers. Rematch of WCF Suns won in 6.
Prediction: 2-1.
Agree? https://t.co/FhxB0esNiX pic.twitter.com/ZY5i8C6CYO5:30 PM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
From earlier — ASK IRA: Would/could Heat enter a Damian Lillard derby? sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h…5:16 PM
Kevin O’Connor @KevinOConnorNBA
A trade package built around CJ McCollum for Ben Simmons makes perfect sense for the Trail Blazers: pic.twitter.com/3oAUycSy7M5:01 PM

Mark Murphy @Murf56
C’s continue to list Jaylen Brown as questionable heading into Lakers/Clippers swing. Udoka: “See how he feels after going harder today than he has in awhile, since he played in the games. Big picture approach, being cautious with it and getting him back at 100, not 85, 90.” – 4:45 PM
Ben Golliver @BenGolliver
Column: Paul Allen’s Blazers have collapsed piece by piece. Jody Allen’s Blazers stand at the crossroads, staring at the possibility of a lost season when they can least afford it @PostSports https://t.co/KHm1F6cgD2 pic.twitter.com/ZVdnyHzng54:43 PM

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