Blazers vs. Clippers: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

Blazers vs. Clippers: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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The Portland Trail Blazers (0-1) play against the Los Angeles Clippers (0-0) at Climate Pledge Arena

Game Time: 10:30 PM EDT on Monday October 3, 2022

Portland Trail Blazers 97, Los Angeles Clippers 102 (Final)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
Trail Blazers rookie Shaedon Sharpe struggles in first preseason game: ‘His head is just spinning’
Sharpe missed all four of his shot attempts but had a spectacular blocked shot in his longest stretch of game action since high school.
#RipCity
oregonlive.com/blazers/2022/1…4:07 AM
Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Paul George asked Kawhi Leonard if he felt “bubbles” in his stomach before making his return. Kawhi cracked there might be a “wing in there floating around.” The Fun Guy was back and John Wall made his debut as the Clippers got a glimpse of their potential espn.com/nba/story/_/id…3:41 AM
Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
The energy was supersonic 😮‍💨
#RipCity pic.twitter.com/64Y6piLuoR2:57 AM

Sean Highkin @highkin
Story @RoseGardenReprt from the Blazers’ hit-or-miss preseason opener, which was above all else a celebration of basketball in Seattle. Free for all to read: rosegardenreport.com/p/newlook-blaz…2:52 AM
Sean Highkin @highkin
Chauncey Billups on Shaedon Sharpe’s debut: “I thought he was OK. His head is spinning. He’s 19. You get out there and forget plays. He was just excited to play an NBA game. But his athleticism will be on display every time he touches the floor. The game will slow down for him.” – 2:00 AM
Kevin Pelton @kpelton
Damian Lillard on the crowd for tonight’s preseason game at Climate Pledge Arena: “When a crowd comes out like that for a game where neither team is a Seattle team and brings that type of energy, you can’t help but think they need a team here. They definitely need a team here.” – 1:45 AM
Jusuf Nurkic @bosnianbeast27
Simple:Seattle need @NBA team back! 🤝
I’m sure they will get 🔜 – 1:40 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
John Wall says it’s 🧢 that he’s only been All-Defense once in his career. He is looking forward to switching, but also prefers to guard point guards. – 1:34 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
John Wall says that he has not played with PG or Kawhi yet in practice. He is expected to start Sunday, so he should see it soon enough. – 1:31 AM
Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
Damian Lillard and Mini Dame.
Lillard said he felt good overall in his first game action since Dec. 31.
#RipCity pic.twitter.com/xQKM5pySXy1:30 AM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Tyronn Lue says he is eager to roll out a Kawhi/PG/RoCo/Morris/Batum lineup at some point.
Have to build to it. Obviously did not see it tonight with Morris out. – 1:29 AM
Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
Highlights from an electric night in Seattle.
#RipCity pic.twitter.com/TByRe8xfpx1:26 AM

Sean Highkin @highkin
Damian Lillard: “What’s more important in preseason than winning or losing is carry-over. And a lot of what we’ve been doing in camp carried over tonight. We played the way we wanted to play.” – 1:25 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Ty Lue is not concerned with injuries to Luke Kennard (ankle tweak), Terance Mann (ankle tweak yesterday), Jason Preston (Friday groin injury) – 1:24 AM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Ty Lue said Luke Kennard is “OK, nothing crazy, we just wanted to be cautious” after rolling his ankle. He also said Terance Mann rolled his ankle in practice and is OK. And he added Jason Preston tweaked his groin. Again, said he was held out out of caution. – 1:24 AM
Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Ty Lue says Luke Kennard tweaked his ankle bit is OK. Nothing major. Terance Mann rolled his ankle in practice other day and didn’t play. Jason Preston tweaked his groin. They didn’t play but Lue says team was just being careful. – 1:24 AM
Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Kawhi gives a Fun Guy response when asked if he had any butterflies before his return pic.twitter.com/1Dr1izlNGb1:22 AM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Kawhi Leonard went for 7 minutes.
Then he got up and said smiling, “One thing I didn’t miss though…” 😂 – 1:19 AM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Kawhi asked PG before tipoff if he “had the bubbles” in his stomach before tipoff and Kawhi said, no. He felt he approached this game like any other.
“It’s not over yet. It’s still going to be a process for me to be better.” – 1:17 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Kawhi says he didn’t have butterflies tonight.
“There may have been a wing in there.” – 1:17 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Kawhi Leonard expects to play Sunday at the arena in Los Angeles – 1:16 AM
Sean Highkin @highkin
Chauncey Billups on Jerami Grant: “This is what you guys are gonna be seeing from Jerami, man. He’s all over the place. He covers up a lot of your mistakes defensively.” – 1:15 AM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Kawhi Leonard sounded like he feels he’ll play in the next preseason game. He said it might be “a little shaky early” as he ramps up his minutes but reiterated that this is a long process even now. – 1:15 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Kawhi Leonard: “I don’t play 5-on-5 in summer. I don’t play 2-on-2…” adds that he doesn’t think he ever will. – 1:14 AM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Kawhi Leonard on playing:
“Just being able to put all that hard work that I did through the whatever, 14, 16 months, to put it to test against NBA talent, it was good. Just being out there with the guys, talking, I missed it.” – 1:12 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Clippers 102, Trail Blazers 97.
Clippers are 2-0 in preseason, Blazers 0-1.
Kawhi Leonard is back.
John Wall is back.
Damian Lillard is back. pic.twitter.com/jikejFgm0a1:04 AM

John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Final from Seattle: Clippers 102, Blazers 97. Full house, lots of Sonics vibes. Now let’s go listen to some Mudhoney. – 1:03 AM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
Clippers 102, Blazers 97: FINAL. 16 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists for @Damian Lillard. 14 points, 4 rebounds, 3 blocks, 1 steal/assist for @Jerami Grant. 13 points, 9 rebounds for @Jusuf Nurkic. 5 points, 10 points, 4 assists for @Josh Hart. Good start, thanks for hosting Seattle. – 1:02 AM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Final from preseason game No. 2 for L.A.: Clippers 102, Trail Blazers 97 – 1:01 AM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
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Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
Gotta SEA it to believe it 🖐️
#RipCity | @Shaedon Sharpe pic.twitter.com/BFwWd7BK1w12:58 AM

Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Now Sonics chants have begun inside Climate Pledge Arena, in the final two minutes of a 99-95 Clippers lead. – 12:57 AM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
And if he’s persistent, blocka, blocka blocka @Shaedon Sharpe pic.twitter.com/fyT39aRnyS12:55 AM

John Hollinger @johnhollinger
top of the square rejection by Shaedon Sharpe on a Xavier Moon drive. That was fun. – 12:49 AM
Sean Highkin @highkin
The first highlight play of Shaedon Sharpe’s career, jumping HIGH for a block. – 12:48 AM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
HELL OF A BLOCK @SHAEDONSHARPE – 12:48 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Casual 11-point 4th quarter for Amir Coffey with just under 5 minutes left to play – 12:47 AM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
It didn’t count, but Shaedon easily dunking a Greg Brown miss baseline is a nice sign – 12:40 AM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
wondering if Shaedon Sharpe just auditing this game – 12:38 AM
Los Angeles Clippers @LAClippers
The legend pulled up, @Jamal Crawford!
📺 @KTLA | #ClipperNation pic.twitter.com/Ez1lTNS2gq12:37 AM

John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Shaedon Sharpe about to check in for (probably) the final 10:19. Let’s see if he actually touches the ball this half. – 12:33 AM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
Blazers start the fourth with Brandon Williams, Keon Johnson, Nassir Little, Justise Winslow and Greg Brown – 12:31 AM
Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
Can’t take your eyes off Keon!
#RipCity | @Keon Johnson pic.twitter.com/y8xJzP0gDF12:31 AM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Trail Blazers take control of game in third quarter, lead 78-71.
Jusuf Nurkic: 13 points, 5/9 FGs, 9 rebounds in 21 minutes.
Clippers down to 35.6% FGs and have been generally bad everywhere inside the arc. – 12:30 AM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
Blazers 78, Clippers 71: end of third quarter. 16 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal for @Damian Lillard. 14 points, 4 rebounds, 3 blocks, 1 assist/steal for @Jerami Grant. 13 points, 9 rebounds for @Jusuf Nurkic. 5 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals for @Josh Hart. – 12:29 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Kawhi Leonard emerges from locker room and daps up Shawn Kemp. – 12:20 AM
Janis Carr @janiscarr
Better put away the popcorn, fellas. Blazers up by four with 2:45 left in the third. – 12:19 AM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
If you can take Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, and all their point guards out of the game, the Clippers seem very beatable. – 12:16 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
First lead for Blazers after 14-point LAC lead comes on Keon Johnson and-one – 12:13 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
And looks like Dame could be subbing out for last time tonight as well after 23 minutes. Blazers still have 3 starters on floor (Simons, Hart, Grant) with Johnson and Eubanks – 12:13 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Quite sure Covington is done for the night with Moussa Diabate entering for first time. Powell still out there with Moon, Boston, Coffey. – 12:11 AM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Watch Jamal Murray, Kawhi Leonard score first buckets in returns nba.nbcsports.com/2022/10/04/wat…12:08 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
It’s a 61-55 lead for the Clippers with 6:32 left in 3rd quarter.
Damian Lillard in 22 minutes: 16 points, 3/8 3s – 12:08 AM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Robert Covington spending a lot of time in this timeout teaching something to Moses Brown about how to position himself in help defense. – 12:08 AM
Janis Carr @janiscarr
Paul George eating popcorn on the sideline. Enjoying the show apparently. – 12:04 AM
Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Clippers starters are done for the night as Ty Lue goes with reserves to start the second half. Kawhi Leonard finished with 11 points and 4 rebounds, shooting 3-for-8 in 16 minutes. PG had 12 points and 7 rebounds. John Wall had five points and 3 assists in 14 minutes. – 11:57 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Blazers still have their starters to begin second half, including Damian Lillard. – 11:57 PM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
Looks like LA’s starters are done for the night while Portland’s start the second half – 11:57 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Night over for Jackson, George, Leonard, Batum, Zubac, Wall. Kennard will not return.
Moon, Powell, Coffey, Covington, Brown start second half. – 11:56 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Clippers bring in the JV to start the second half. I assume Kawhi and PG are done for the night. – 11:56 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Kawhi first game in 476 days:
11 PTS
4 REB
2 AST
2 STL
0 TOV
1 3PM
in 16 minutes. pic.twitter.com/d51ASL116G11:55 PM

Mike Richman @mikegrich
Blazers-Clippers halftime thoughts. Thread 1/x. – 11:46 PM
Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
Really great to see John Wall back out on an NBA court. – 11:45 PM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
First half as the Clippers lead Portland, 52-44:
Leonard, 11 points (3/8) in 16 min
George, 12 points (4/7) in 16 min, with 7 boards
Lillard with 10 on 3/9 shooting, with Nurkic and Grant each with 9 – 11:43 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Clippers lead Trail Blazers 52-44 at end of first half. Both teams well under 40% field goals.
Half of LAC attempts are 3s. They’re making those fine (9/22, 40.9%). Shaky finishing, worst midrange.
George with 12 on 4/7 FGs, 2/5 3s, 7 rebounds. He’s been the most ready Clip. – 11:42 PM
Janis Carr @janiscarr
Covington with huge block to end the first half. Clippers lead 52-44 at halftime. – 11:41 PM
David MacKay @DavidMacKayNBA
At halftime, Nassir Little remains the only Blazer to score off the bench. – 11:41 PM
Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
Simons just tried to dunk on Covington but RoCo won that battle at the rim. Halftime: Clippers up 52-44.
Up-and-down game has been entertaining. Blazers shooting just 35.9% from the field. Clippers at 38.6% but sit at 9 of 22 on 3s compared to the Blazers, who are 4 of 14. – 11:41 PM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
Clippers 52, Blazers 44: halftime. 10 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists for @Damian Lillard. 9 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals/blocks, 1 assist for @Jerami Grant. 9 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist for @Jusuf Nurkic. – 11:40 PM
Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Anfernee Simons tried to dunk all over Robert Covington on the baseline at the first half buzzer but RoCo looked like Dikembe Mutombo at the rim and played perfect rim protection for the block. – 11:40 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
John Wall looks okay moving/accelerating but man everything is a half-beat off right now. These preseason reps might really matter for him as he shakes off the rust. – 11:40 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Robert Covington rim protection to end first half. That was textbook. – 11:39 PM
Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
Lillard just hit a three. He now has 10 points on 3 of 8 shooting. – 11:38 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
already knew it on paper but now that im able to see it with my own eyes there is just endless star power and depth on this Clippers team. good grief. Terance Mann cant even get in. could do hockey shifts with all these guys if they wanted to. how will they let me down this time. – 11:37 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Three players from the 2021 Thunder draft class led OKC in scoring tonight.
Tre Mann
17 points
6-11 shooting
3-6 from 3
Aaron Wiggins
15 points
5-8 shooting
4-4 from 3
Josh Giddey
14 points
6-11 shooting
2-2 from 3
Combined
46 points
17-30 shooting
9-12 from 3 – 11:34 PM
Kevin Pelton @kpelton
Let’s politely call Portland’s ability to scram players out of the post and mitigate against mismatches created by switches a work in progress at this stage of preseason. – 11:34 PM
Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Kawhi Leonard comes out of the game with 16 minutes logged. Not sure if he will come back in again with three minutes left in the first half and Ty Lue saying that he may only play his starters for a half. Maybe Leonard comes in for the final minute of the half perhaps. – 11:34 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Clippers leading Trail Blazers 46-35 with 3:37 left in first half. This will likely be the only half for the starters, so interesting to see how things wrap up here. – 11:32 PM
Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
Shaedon Sharpe, in his first 4:47 of action, has not recorded a stat. – 11:30 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
trying to figure out what would have to happen for somebody to pass Shaedon Sharpe the ball. – 11:29 PM
Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Ty Lue taking a look at minutes with John Wall and Reggie Jackson in the backcourt, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard and Nic Batum up front. – 11:26 PM
Sean Highkin @highkin
Kawhi looks awfully good so far. – 11:25 PM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
Shoutout to one of my favorite all-time non-Blazers, Sam Perkins – 11:23 PM
Kevin Pelton @kpelton
Rookie Shaedon Sharpe getting his first run for the Blazers midway through the second quarter. Excited to see him in person after his summer league ended early due to injury. – 11:21 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
our second take foul penalty! This time Anfernee Simons gets busted – 11:20 PM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Luke Kennard will not return tonight because of a left ankle injury, per the team. – 11:20 PM
Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Luke Kennard will not return tonight due to a left ankle injury according to the Clippers. – 11:19 PM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
Shaedon Sharpe checking in with Hart alongside Lillard, Winslow and Nurkic. – 11:17 PM
Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
Shaedon Sharpe has entered the game at the 8:54 mark of the 2nd quarter. – 11:17 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Shaedon Sharpe time. He’s Portland’s 5th sub to go with Johnson, Little, Winslow, Eubanks. – 11:17 PM
Sean Highkin @highkin
Shaedon Sharpe time. – 11:17 PM
Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
John Wall logs seven minutes before coming out of game. He had three assists and two points, missed his only shot from the field. – 11:15 PM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Would like to see some more of the Wall/Powell/PG/Kawhi/Zu lineup that just opened the second quarter. Some interesting possibilities there. – 11:14 PM
Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Who knows how many minutes Ivica Zubac will get in games, especially finishing. But he figures to get easy baskets at the rim with defenses focused in on the Clippers’ other weapons and in any minutes he plays with John Wall, who has always looked for his big man inside – 11:13 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
John Wall screen ☑️ – 11:13 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Clippers lead Trail Blazers 27-22 at the end of one quarter. Hot start for Clippers, especially from 3, but several missed bunnies (3/8 FGs in paint) and terrible midrange (1/6 on 2s outside paint).
George with 7 and 3 rebounds on 3/4 FGs. Leonard missed his 5 shots after 1st 3. – 11:10 PM
Kevin O’Connor @KevinOConnorNBA
Jerami Grant has allowed the fewest points per isolation play as a defender since 2019-20, per @SecondSpectrum.
Damian Lillard has never had a two-way teammate as good as Grant. @ringer: – 11:10 PM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
Clippers 27, Blazers 22: end of first quarter. 7 points, 2 rebounds, 2 blocks and an assist for @Jerami Grant. 4 points for @Josh Hart, @Anfernee Simons and @Nassir Little. – 11:08 PM
Kevin Pelton @kpelton
Both the Blazers and Clippers are now playing their remaining players from the trade they made last February sending Robert Covington and Norman Powell to LA and Keon Johnson and Justise Winslow to Portland. – 11:08 PM
David MacKay @DavidMacKayNBA
Great extension from Nassir Little to snag that rebound. – 11:08 PM
Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Ty Lue finishing this first quarter with John Wall, Luke Kennard, Norm Powell, Kawhi Leonard and Robert Covington on the floor. – 11:07 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Leonard re-enters the game for last 79 seconds of first quarter, Moses Brown sits, Covington at center. – 11:05 PM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
We’ve seen some of the things the Clippers expected when they signed John Wall. Quick burst downhill into the paint being at the top of the list. – 11:05 PM
Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Ben Simmons, Kawhi Leonard, Jamal Murray back among NBA happy returns (from @AP) apnews.com/article/18c301…11:04 PM
Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
Jerami Grant rejected Norman Powell at the basket, got the rebound, started a fast break and then threw a long bounce pass to Nassir Little for a dunk. Grant has looked fantastic here in the first quarter. 7 points, 2 blocks, two rebounds. He’s hit a three and has a dunk. – 11:03 PM
Sean Highkin @highkin
Jerami Grant is everywhere. – 11:03 PM
Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Oh Jerami Grant! Grant just rejected Norm Powell at the rim with authority – 11:02 PM
Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Clippers get a taste of John Wall’s passing with the second unit. Norm Powell drove and kicked it out to Wall, who passed on a 3 and hit Robert Covington for a quick 3. – 11:01 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Jason Preston, Terance Mann, Michael Devoe are not dressed tonight. – 11:01 PM
Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
It took a little more than 8 minutes for Lillard to hit his first basket. A 3 to make the score 22-12, LAC. He his 1 of 5 from the field. – 11:01 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Paul George with a take foul in quasi-transition so the Clippers can substitute; via this year’s new rule the refs have awarded Blazers a free throw. – 11:00 PM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
We’ve got our first take foul call, but Dame misses the free throw. – 11:00 PM
Sean Highkin @highkin
Blazers legends Robert Covington and Moses Brown checking in for the Clippers – 10:59 PM
Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
John Wall makes his return to basketball, subbing in while Kawhi comes out after seven minutes. – 10:57 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
John Wall. Norman Powell. – 10:57 PM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
John Wall checking in for the Clippers. Pregame Ty Lue said he was excited for Wall to return after a season away. – 10:56 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Clippers call timeout with 5:36 left in opening quarter, leading 15-9. Probably a good spot to get subs in with Leonard and Jackson missing some wild attempts. – 10:55 PM
Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
Keon Johnson the first sub tonight.
Shaedon Sharpe fans react! @ChadinRipCity10:54 PM
Sean Highkin @highkin
Keon Johnson is the first sub for the Blazers. – 10:53 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
PDX Sixth Man Keon Johnson – 10:53 PM
Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
Anfernee Simons has been holding his own in the post against Kawhi Leonard. Process that however you would like to. – 10:52 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
FWIW
No brace on Kawhi. No accessories.
Basically the anti-Reggie 😆 – 10:52 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Well yeah, that’s an 8-0 LAC run and a Portland timeout.
Kawhi added 3 rebounds and a dime to Nico Batum for 3. Paul George has a 3 and a reverse lay.
Clippers up 11-2. – 10:48 PM
Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
The Blazers began this game 1 of 6 from the field and trail the Clippers, 11-2. Clippers are 4 of 8. – 10:48 PM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
Blazers start the game 1-of-6 and Billups calls time with Portland trailing 11-2 early in the first quarter. – 10:47 PM
Christos Tsaltas @Tsaltas46
Kawhi Leonard is back! #ClipperNation
pic.twitter.com/npzz9E4jB410:47 PM
Los Angeles Clippers @LAClippers
👀👀👀👀
📺 @KTLA | #ClipperNation pic.twitter.com/vp7JoQt13p10:46 PM

John Hollinger @johnhollinger
The first and certainly not the last Josh Hart coast to coast of the new season. – 10:44 PM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
Hart with the rebound and the coast-to-coast finish for Portland’s first point. – 10:44 PM
Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Didn’t take Kawhi long to hit his first basket. Only 15 seconds into the game, he drilled a 3. – 10:44 PM
Janis Carr @janiscarr
Kawhi Leonard with the first basket of the game. His first shot since June 14, 2021.
Rust? Nope – 10:43 PM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Kawhi Leonard’s first shot against NBA competition since June 14, 2021, is a three and he splashes it. – 10:43 PM
Kevin Pelton @kpelton
Kawhi Leonard with a standstill 3 over Jusuf Nurkic on his first possession back in action. – 10:43 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Kawhi comes back and immediately splashes a 3 in Nurkic’s contest. – 10:43 PM
Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Kawhi introduced in starting lineup for the first time since June 14, 2021 pic.twitter.com/nncMQj2FCt10:42 PM

Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Tre Mann last season➡️ Tre Mann this season pic.twitter.com/IuMt49WkON10:40 PM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
Strong, positive response from the fans here at Climate Pledge during the Trail Blazers’ starting lineup intros – 10:37 PM
Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
Starting 5 in Seattle.
0️⃣ @Damian Lillard
1️⃣ @Anfernee Simons
1️⃣1️⃣ @Josh Hart
9️⃣ @Jerami Grant
2️⃣7️⃣ @Jusuf Nurkic
#RipCity pic.twitter.com/NtHVvPr6ut10:36 PM

Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Only Clippers not dressed tonight are Michael Devoe (training camp deal) and Jason Preston. Devoe recently hurt a leg, is expected to miss a couple weeks. – 10:36 PM
Kevin Pelton @kpelton
Asked Gary Payton II pregame about being part of an NBA game in Seattle (he’s out after surgery): “It’s a big night for me just to come home and see the new arena and reminisce about everything from back in the day when the Sonics were here and I was growing up. It’s special.” – 10:30 PM
Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
Few dunks here. Sharpe. Simons. Johnson. Lillard missed a couple. pic.twitter.com/5qbeyQK8N810:26 PM

Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Kawhi getting up shots in front of Lenny Wilkens pregame. pic.twitter.com/4iYSq0HmaN10:24 PM

Los Angeles Clippers @LAClippers
Preseason Starting 5️⃣ vs. @Portland Trail Blazers
1️⃣ » @Reggie Jackson
2️⃣ » @Paul George
3️⃣ » @Kawhi Leonard
4️⃣ » @nicolas88batum
5️⃣ » @ivicazubac pic.twitter.com/q7NwCOpaBB10:11 PM

Sean Highkin @highkin
It’s very amusing to me that this game is classified as a Clippers “home” game, using Clippers game ops, when it’s in Seattle and most of the jerseys in the crowd are either Blazers or Sonics. – 10:09 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Tre Mann is the player of the half by far. Really improved defensively, effective scoring. Year 2 is off to a great start. – 10:07 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Tre Mann with 13 points in 15 1st-half mins – 10:05 PM
Los Angeles Clippers @LAClippers
Fully charged.🔋
🕖 7:30PM PT | 📺 @KTLA pic.twitter.com/cw0XRZXyTl10:03 PM

Jon Hamm @JonMHamm
Caldwell-Pope has decided to velcro himself to Tre Mann – 10:02 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Innovative pass there by Tre Mann to Kenrich Williams for the easy under-the-basket layup – 10:02 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Tre Mann splashes a 3 from Mile High Stadium.
Mann is the leading scorer tonight for either team. – 9:58 PM
Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
Damian Lillard signed a few autographs before tonight’s game against the Clippers at Climate Pledge Arena.
#RipCity pic.twitter.com/z3dMV82ty39:41 PM

Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Thunder first quarter observations
– Tre Mann remains fun. And really fought defensively.
– Swarming defense all around, especially by preseason standards.
– Jalen Williams ran point with the second unit.
– Aaron Wiggins can be a steady two-way contributor. – 9:41 PM
Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
It’s about that time ‼️
#RipCity pic.twitter.com/DEC8L5KK3p9:33 PM

Kevin Pelton @kpelton
Kawhi Leonard warms up for good first game since June 2021. The Clippers face the Blazers in a preseason game tonight in Seattle. pic.twitter.com/M7eCxGfknZ9:31 PM

Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
I believe that was Tre Mann who on his block just now said “give me that sh—“. I’ll never forget you, old friend. pic.twitter.com/eZmdBAj4449:30 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Tre Mann, one of the most buzzed about OKC players during training camp, in the first 8 minutes:
8 points
3-6 shooting
2-3 from 3
1-1 smooth stepback 3s – 9:27 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Talked about it on Today’s Locked on Thunder, Tre Mann is the best pure scorer OKC has right now without Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, can he look effective in that role? So far he is 3-6 with 8 points. – 9:27 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
The Tre Mann hype train isn’t losing any steam through the first eight minutes of preseason ball. – 9:27 PM
Jon Hamm @JonMHamm
Mann oh Mann… – 9:26 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Tre Mann forcing the miss on a 1v1 👀 – 9:24 PM
Los Angeles Clippers @LAClippers
We ready, #ClipperNation!
🕖 7:30PM PT | 📺 @KTLA pic.twitter.com/Wxp1HObola9:21 PM

Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
J-Will already rubbing off on the guys. Tre Mann drew a charge from Jamal Murray. – 9:14 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
OKC starters vs Nuggets:
Giddey
Mann
Kenny Hustle
Poku
JRE
I repeat… Poku. This is not a drill. – 9:07 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Thunder starters in Preseason Game No. 1
– Josh Giddey
– Tre Mann
– Kenrich Williams
– Aleksej Pokusevski
– Jeremiah Robinson-Earl – 9:04 PM
Sean Highkin @highkin
Trendon Watford is out tonight with a right hip flexor injury. – 8:57 PM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
Gary Payton II (core muscle recovery) and Trendon Watford (right hip flexor) are OUT for tonight’s game vs. Clippers. – 8:57 PM
Los Angeles Clippers @LAClippers
Serving up some *preseason* looks. pic.twitter.com/VRLUJSliCA8:57 PM

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Ty Lue says he will start John Wall in the Clippers next preseason game on Sunday. Point guard is the only starting spot up for competition between Reggie Jackson and Wall. Marcus Morris Sr. and Ivica Zubac will start alongside Paul George and Kawhi Leonard. – 8:55 PM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Ty Lue says John Wall will start the next preseason game to give him a look with the starters, as well. – 8:51 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Ty Lue basically confirming that Marcus Morris Sr. is the starting PF of the LA Clippers. – 8:51 PM
Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Reggie Jackson, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Nic Batum and Ivica Zubac are starting tonight. Batum in for Marcus Morris Sr., who left the team for the birth of his son. John Wall will make his Clippers debut off the bench. – 8:49 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Tonight’s starters for LAC: Reggie Jackson, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Nicolas Batum, Ivica Zubac. – 8:48 PM
Los Angeles Clippers @LAClippers
#ClipperNation, Tap in ‼️
Drop your favorite Clippers GIF. ⬇️ – 8:38 PM
Eric Walden @tribjazz
Udoka Azubuike (OUT — right ankle surgery) remains the only Jazz player on the injury report for Tuesday’s game at Portland. – 8:18 PM
Andy Larsen @andyblarsen
Jazz say Dok is out again tomorrow vs. Portland, no other injuries to report. – 8:17 PM
NBA Math @NBA_Math
🗣NEW @HardwoodKnocks
📋 Blazers Lookahead w/ @tcbbiggs
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FULL BREAKDOWN⬇️ pic.twitter.com/ATCOU0DPgG6:56 PM

Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
Trail Blazers’ Josh Hart to start at small forward in preseason opener vs. LA Clippers, competition remains ongoing
#RipCity
oregonlive.com/blazers/2022/1…6:52 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
stacked slate tonight for a preseason Monday…
• Ben Simmons vs. Sixers
• Banchero
• Jamal Murray return
• Kawhi Leonard return
• Kent Bazemore return pic.twitter.com/aOC9J7alMX6:01 PM

Los Angeles Clippers @LAClippers
Light work before the night work. pic.twitter.com/nbEmAGvSj95:45 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Jason Preston had 10 assists Friday night in his NBA preseason debut.
8 of them were for 3s. Simple passes for the most part, but precise at the same time. Must be nice to play with prepared pro shooters. pic.twitter.com/XlzUs74QIE5:06 PM

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