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The Miami Heat fell to the Portland Trail Blazers, 115-109

The Miami Heat fell to the Portland Trail Blazers, 115-109

Monday, February 10, 2020

 

Just a few days ago, the Miami Heat traded Justise Winslow, Dion Waiter, and James Johnson to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Andre Iguodala, Joe Crowder, and Solomon Hill.  The Heat were already having a surprising season but with this trade, it may definitely give them a higher chance of reaching the Eastern Conference Finals.

Tonight’s matchup between the Miami Heat and the Portland Trail Blazers will mark the first of two times that these two teams will meet up this season.  The last time they saw each other was on January 5 when the Heat handed the Blazers a 122-111 loss.  Goran Dragic finished that game with 29 points, 3 rebounds, and 13 assists while Damian Lillard had 34 points, one rebound, 12 assists, and 3 steals.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Heat and the Blazers have played each other a grand total of 62 times as the Heat won 23 games while the Blazers went on to grab 39 victories.

INACTIVES:

Miami Heat:

-Kyle Alexander (knee)
-Jimmy Butler (shoulder; 20.5 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 6.3 APG, 45.2 FG%, 25.5 3P%)
-Tyler Herro (ankle; 13.1 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 41.4 FG%, 39.3 3P%)
-Meyers Leonard (ankle; 6.1 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.1 APG, 52.0 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
-Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision; 2.5 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)
-Solomon Hill (coach’s decision; 5.7 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 41.2 FG%, 38.1 3P%)
-KZ Okpala (coach’s decision; 1.4 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.2 APG, 60.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Gabe Vincent (coach’s decision; 4.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 21.1 FG%, 25.0 3P%)

Portland Trail Blazers:

-Zach Collins (shoulder; 9.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 47.4 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
-Rodney Hood (leg; 11.0 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.5 APG, 50.6 FG%, 49.3 3P%)
-Nassir Little (ankle; 3.8 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 43.0 FG%, 25.5 3P%)
-Jusuf Nurkic (leg)
-Anfernee Simons (concussion; 8.9 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 1.5 APG, 41.1 FG%, 32.2 3P%)
-Moses Brown (G-League; 1.4 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.0 APG, 44.4 FG%)
-Jaylen Hoard (G-League; 2.7 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 44.8 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Portland Trail Blazers would have control of things in the first half as they shot fifty-six percent from the field, keeping the Miami Heat to forty percent.  Trevor Ariza got hot for 19 points as he missed only one of his eight shots attempted.  He also had two three-pointers while recording 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, and one block.

Damian Lillard helped out with 11 points, earning nine of them from beyond the arc and the other two from the free-throw line.  Carmelo Anthony and C.J. McCollum combined for 16 points while they both had a three-pointer each.  Hassan Whiteside had four points but grabbed seven rebounds and blocked 2 shots.  Gary Trent played the most minutes off the bench as he had 13 points.

As for the Miami Heat, Duncan Robinson chalked up 15 points, earning all of them from behind the three-point line.  Derrick Jones contributed with nine points on sixty-percent shooting.  He also had two three-pointers while both Bam Adebayo and Kendrick Nunn scored five points each.  Jae Crowder played 16 minutes off the bench as he had eight points but it was the Blazers who went into halftime with a 63-60 lead.

The home team who close things out in the second half as they went on a 52-49 run.  During that run, Damian Lillard got extremely hot for 22 points, drilling 3 three-pointers in the process.  As for the Miami team, Goran Dragic and Jae Crowder combined for 24 points off the bench but it was the Trail Blazers who came away with a 115-109 win.  Damian Lillard finished the game with 33 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists, one steal, and one block while Goran Dragic had 27 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Miami Heat will head to California to take on Andrew Wiggins (24.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 3.0 APG, 66.7 FG%, 75.0 3P%) and the Golden State Warriors (12-41) on Monday at 10:30 p.m.  This will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  November 29 was the last time they saw each other as the Warriors fell to the Heat, 122-105.  During that game, Goran Dragic scored 20 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, dished off 4 assists, and committed one steal while Jordan Poole had 20 points, one rebound, and one assist.

The Portland Trail Blazers will head to Louisiana to battle Brandon Ingram (24.9 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 4.2 APG, 47.3 FG%, 40.0 3P%) and the New Orleans Pelicans (22-31) on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the third of four times that they play each other this season.  The last time they battled each other was on December 23 when the Pelicans defeated the Blazers, 102-94.  Jrue Holiday finished that game with 21 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal while Carmelo Anthony had 23 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, and one steal.

The Trail Blazers escape from the Hornets, 115-112

The Trail Blazers escape from the Hornets, 115-112

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

 

The Charlotte Hornets are in danger of losing a fifth straight game as they battle the Portland Trail Blazers tonight in Oregon.  The Trail Blazers, on the other hand, are trying to avoid a third straight loss.  Tonight’s matchup will mark the first of two times that these two ball clubs will see each other this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Charlotte Hornets and the Portland Trail Blazers have battled each other a grand total of 58 times in the past as the Hornets won 16 games while the Blazers went on to grab 42 wins.

INACTIVES:

Charlotte Hornets:

-Bismack Biyombo (coach’s decision; 7.8 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 0.9 APG, 54.8 FG%)
-Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (coach’s decision; 4.0 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 0.8 APG, 34.0 FG%, 29.4 3P%)
-Cody Martin (coach’s decision; 3.9 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 1.2 APG, 39.6 FG%, 20.5 3P%)
-Jalen McDaniels (G-League; 2.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 40.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Caleb Martin (G-League; 1.8 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.6 APG, 30.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Robert Franks (G-League)
-Kobi Simmons (G-League)

Portland Trail Blazers:

-Zach Collins (shoulder; 9.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 47.4 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
-Rodney Hood (leg; 11.0 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.5 APG, 50.6 FG%, 49.3 3P%)
-Skal Labissiere (knee; 5.8 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.3 APG, 55.1 FG%, 23.1 3P%)
-Mario Hezonja (back; 4.5 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 0.9 APG, 39.2 FG%, 30.8 3P%)
-Jusuf Nurkic (leg)
-Moses Brown (G-League; 1.7 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.0 APG, 44.4 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The Trail Blazers would have control of the game in the first half as they shot fifty-nine percent from the field, keeping the Hornets to thirty-seven percent.  C.J. McCollum got hot for 20 points while knocking down four three-pointers in the process.  Both Carmelo Anthony and Damian Lillard scored 12 points each.

Lillard was able to drill two three-pointers while grabbing one defensive rebound and dishing out five assists.  Former Heat center Hassan Whiteside helped out with four points while grabbing nine boards and blocking two shots.  Gary Trent played the most minutes off the bench but only had a three-pointer.

As for the North Carolina team, Devonte Graham dropped 11 points which included 3 three-pointers.  Terry Rozier and P.J. Washington combined for 15 points while both Miles Bridges and Cody Zeller were kept to just two points each.  France-native Nicolas Batum played 15 minutes off the bench but only recorded four points as the home team went into halftime with a 62-46 lead.

The Charlotte Hornets would attempt a comeback in the second half as they went on a 66-53 run.  Graham chalked up 16 points, earning 15 of those points from beyond the arc and the other point from the charity stripe.  He also had eight assists while Terry Rozier had 16 points, as well.

P.J. Washington contributed with 14 points while recording six rebounds, two assists, two steals, and one block.  He also had a 3 three-pointers while Cody Zeller scored four points.  Nicolas Batum played the most minutes off the bench but only had five points.

On the other end of the court, Damian Lillard chalked up 18 more points while McCollum, Whiteside, and Anthony combined for 15 points.  Anthony Tolliver played 14 minutes off the bench and scored 16 points as the Trail Blazers came away with a 115-112 victory.  Damian Lillard finished the game with 30 points, 3 rebounds, and 9 assists while Devonte Graham had 27 points, 3 rebounds, 10 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Charlotte Hornets will head to Colorado to take on Nikola Jokic (19.3 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 6.4 APG, 51.0 FG%, 34.0 3P%) and the Denver Nuggets (27-12) on Wednesday at 9:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of two times that these teams will play each other during this season.

The Portland Trail Blazers will travel to Texas to battle James Harden (37.7 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 7.5 APG, 45.3 FG%, 38.0 3P%) and the Houston Rockets (26-12) on Wednesday at 9:30 p.m.  This will be the second of four times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they met was on November 18 when the Rockets handed the Trail Blazers a blowout loss, 132-108.  Harden finished that game with 36 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, one steal, and one block while C.J. McCollum had 25 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals.

The Portland Trail Blazers hold off the Phoenix Suns, 111-110

The Portland Trail Blazers hold off the Phoenix Suns, 111-110

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

 

The Phoenix Suns will look to avoid a third straight loss tonight as they battle the Portland Trail Blazers at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.  The Suns are coming off a 121-119 overtime thriller against the San Antonio Spurs in Mexico City in which they lost.  With a 6-9 record at home, the Suns will try to win tonight before heading on the road for a two-game road trip.

The Blazers, on the other hand, are trying to recover from a 114-99 loss they took in the hands of Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets on Thursday.  Tonight’s matchup will mark the second of a two-game road trip for the Blazers before they return to the Moda Center for a four-game homestand.  This will be the first time that these teams will see each other this season before playing against each other three more times.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Suns and the Blazers have battled each other a grand total of 257 times in the past as the Suns won 135 games while the Portland team was kept to 122 victories.

INACTIVES:

Portland Trail Blazers:

-Zach Collins (shoulder; 9.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 47.4 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
-Rodney Hood (Achilles; 11.0 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.5 APG, 50.6 FG%, 49.3 3P%)
-Nassir Little (back; 4.6 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 0.7 APG, 40.8 FG%, 16.7 3P%)
-Jusuf Nurkic (leg)
-Jaylen Hoard (1.4 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.4 APG, 50.0 FG%)
-Moses Brown (2.0 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 42.9 FG%)

Phoenix Suns:

-Devin Booker (forearm; 25.0 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 6.4 APG, 50.7 FG%, 40.6 3P%)
-Cheick Diallo (coach’s decision; 5.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 0.5 APG, 69.5 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
-Ty Jerome (coach’s decision; 2.8 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 2.2 APG, 25.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Tyler Johnson (illness; 6.3 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 2.1 APG, 37.9 FG%, 31.0 3P%)
-Jalen Lecque
-Deandre Ayton (suspension; 18.0 PPG, 11.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 64.3 FG%)
-Jared Harper (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Phoenix Suns will have slight control of the game in the first half as they shot fifty-eight percent from the field, keeping the visiting team to fifty percent.  Both Kelly Oubre and Dario Saric scored 13 points each as they both had a three-pointer, as well.  Oubre was able to record one assist and a block while Saric had three defensive rebounds, one assist, and a steal.

Former Hornets’ center Frank Kaminsky contributed with 12 points which held a three-pointer in the second quarter.  He also had one defensive rebound and four assists while Ricky Rubio and Mikal Bridges combined for just nine points.  Cameron Johnson played the most minutes off the bench but only had five points.

On the other end of the court, C.J. McCollum got hot for 18 points while hitting a three-pointer in the process.  Both Carmelo Anthony and Damian Lillard had ten points in the 16 minutes they played.  Anthony was able to drill two three-pointers in the opening quarter to go along with four rebounds, one steal, and two blocks.

Hassan Whiteside was kept to just six points but managed to record four defensive rebounds and one block.  North Carolina-native Kent Bazemore had eight points that held two three-pointers.  He also had two defensive rebounds, two steals, and a block.  Anthony Tolliver played 10 minutes off the bench but only had a three-pointer as the Suns went into halftime with a 67-59 advantage.

The Oregon ball club would make a comeback in the second half as they went on a 52-43 run, completing forty-five percent of their shots attempted.  During that run, Lillard chalked up 17 points while hitting two three-pointers in the process.  Anthony helped out with 13 points as he had two treys of his own.

McCollum saw to it that he earned 12 points while grabbing five rebounds, giving out two assists, committing a steal and blocking a shot.  Whiteside and Bazemore combined for seven points while Whiteside had 10 rebounds.  Anfernee Simons played eight minutes off the bench but was held scoreless.

As for the Suns, Oubre continued to impress as he had 11 more points which held two three-pointers.  Rubio and Kaminsky both had five points each while Bridges and Saric had four each.  Cameron Johnson played the most minutes off the bench as he earned himself eight points.

With only 32 seconds left in the game, the Suns would have a 110-108 lead as a result of a four-point play by Kelly Oubre.  After two timeouts, Lillard would take the ball and make a driving layup in which he was fouled by Aron Baynes.  Lillard ended up making the free-throw to give the Blazers a one-point lead.

With 0.6 seconds remaining, Rubio would pull up and attempt a 25-foot three-pointer to take the win but ended up missing as the Portland Trail Blazers hold on to come away with a 111-110 victory.  C.J. McCollum finished the game with 30 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, one steal, and one block while Kelly Oubre had 24 points, 2 assists, 3 steals, and a block.

So…what’s next?

The Portland Trail Blazers will host D’Angelo Russell (21.5 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 6.2 APG, 42.5 FG%, 34.3 3P%) and the Golden State Warriors (5-23) on Wednesday at 10:00 p.m.  This will mark the second of four times that these two ball clubs will play each other this season.  The last time they met up was on November 4 when the Warriors escaped with a 127-118 victory.  Eric Paschall finished that game with 34 points, 13 rebounds, and one block while Damian Lillard had 39 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and one block.

The Phoenix Suns will head to California to take on Kawhi Leonard (25.8 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 5.1 APG, 45.0 FG%, 35.7 3P%) and the Los Angeles Clippers (20-8) on Tuesday at 10:30 p.m.  This will be the second of four times that these two teams will see each other this season.  October 26 was the last time they played each other as the Clippers fell to the Suns, 130-122.  During that game, Devin Booker scored 30 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, and dished off 8 assists while Montrezl Harrell had 28 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, one steal, and a block.

The Milwaukee Bucks hold off the Portland Trail Blazers, 137-129

The Milwaukee Bucks hold off the Portland Trail Blazers, 137-129

Tuesday night marked Carmelo Anthony’s first game as a Portland Trail Blazer.  He was absent from the league for a little over a year after the Houston Rockets released him.  His debut wasn’t very impressive as he shot only twenty-eight percent from the field, scoring just 10 points against the New Orleans Pelicans.  The Blazers ended up losing that game, 115-104.

That loss was the second straight for the Portland team but they will look to grab a victory tonight against the Milwaukee Bucks in their fourth of six road games.  The Bucks, on the other hand, are seeking their sixth straight win.  This meeting will mark the first of two times that these teams will see each other this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Portland Trail Blazers and the Milwaukee Bucks have battled each other a grand total of 125 times as the Trail Blazers won 52 games while the Bucks went on to grab 73 victories.

INACTIVES:

Portland Trail Blazers:

-Zach Collins (shoulder; 9.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 47.4 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
-Damian Lillard (back; 28.6 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 7.1 APG, 45.2 FG%, 35.7 3P%)
-Jusuf Nurkic (leg)
-Hassan Whiteside (hip; 14.9 PPG, 12.0 RPG, 0.9 APG, 58.7 FG%)
-Moses Brown (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
-Jaylen Hoard (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)

Milwaukee Bucks:

-Khris Middleton (thigh; 18.5 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 2.9 APG, 46.8 FG%, 39.3 3P%)
-D.J. Wilson (coach’s decision; 2.0 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.5 APG, 33.3 FG%, 18.2 3P%)
-Kyle Korver (coach’s decision; 6.6 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.1 APG, 40.0 FG%, 40.4 3P%)
-Thanasis Antetokounmpo (coach’s decision; 2.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.5 APG, 50.0 FG%)
-Cameron Reynolds (G-League)
-Frank Mason (G-League)
-Dragan Bender

GAMETIME:

The Bucks would have control of the game in the first half as they shot forty-nine percent from the field, keeping the Blazers to forty percent.  Eric Bledsoe chalked up 14 points while knocking down two three-pointers in the process.  Last season’s MVP winner Giannis Antetokounmpo helped out with eleven points, along with nine rebounds, seven assists, and one steal.

Wesley Matthews had nine points which he earned all from beyond the arc while both Brook Lopez and Donte DiVincenzo scored four points each.  Illinois-native Sterling Brown played the most minutes off the bench as he earned himself eight points.

On the other end of the floor, C.J. McCollum dropped fourteen points, hitting two three-pointers in the process.  He also had five rebounds, five assists, and 2 blocks while Carmelo Anthony contributed with ten points, including two three-pointers.  Skal Labissiere played 12 minutes off the bench as he got hot for 14 points but it was the home team who went into the locker room with a huge 72-58 advantage.

The Oregon ball club would attempt a comeback in the second half as they went on a 71-65 run, shooting fifty-seven percent from the field.  During that run, McCollum continued to impress as he got hot for 23 points, only missing seven of his seventeen shots attempted.  Anthony made up for his debut as he scored eight more points, finishing with 18 points in total.

As for the Bucks, Bledsoe scored 16 more points while Antetokounmpo helped out with 13.  Pat Connaughton chalked up seven points off the bench as the Milwaukee team spoiled the Portland Trail Blazers late comeback attempt, 137-129.  Eric Bledsoe finished the contest with 30 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, and one steal while C.J. McCollum settled for 37 points, 6 rebounds, a career-high-tying 10 assists, and a career-high tying 3 blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Portland Trail Blazers will head to Ohio to take on Kevin Love (18.7 PPG, 12.2 RPG, 2.8 APG, 45.6 FG%, 37.0 3P%) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (4-10) on Saturday at 8:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of two games between these teams this season.

The Milwaukee Bucks will host Andre Drummond (18.6 PPG, 16.8 RPG, 3.1 APG, 54.0 FG%, 00.0 3P%) and the Detroit Pistons (4-10) on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.  This will be the first of four times that they play each other this season.

The Trail Blazers top the Suns with a 108 to 86 victory

The Trail Blazers top the Suns with a 108 to 86 victory

The Phoenix Suns currently hold the worst record in the league at 4-20 and things haven’t gotten any easier as they are now without their up-and-coming Devin Booker.  They are on their way to tying their longest losing streak of the season at seven games if they don’t win tonight.  Believe it or not, they have not had a winning streak yet this season.

The Portland Trail Blazers, on the other hand, are trying to avoid a fourth straight loss, which would mark their longest losing streak this season.  The Trail Blazers and the Suns have battled each other a grand total of 254 times in the past as the Suns won 135 games while the Oregon team was kept to 119 victories.  Tonight will be the first of three times that two ball clubs will go against each other this season.  The Suns got swept last season against the Trail Blazers in the regular-season series, 0-4.

INACTIVES:

Phoenix Suns:

-Devin Booker (hamstring; 23.5 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 6.7 APG, 43.9 FG%, 31.3 3P%, 84.2 FT%)
-T.J. Warren (ankle; 17.7 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 1.3 APG, 51.1 FG%, 45.0 3P%, 84.6 FT%)
-Ryan Anderson (coach’s decision; 3.7 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 1.1 APG, 31.7 FG%, 20.6 3P%, 78.6 FT%)
-George King (G-League)

Portland Trail Blazers:

-C.J. McCollum (ankle; 21.3 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 2.4 APG, 46.4 FG%, 36.1 3P%, 82.9 FT%)
-Anfernee Simons (2.2 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.2 APG, 33.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 25.0 FT%)

GAMETIME:

The Portland Trail Blazers would set the tone early in this game as they outscored the Phoenix Suns in the first quarter, 34 to 9.  This would not be the first time the Suns were held to just nine points in the first quarter as the Sacramento Kings had the same effect on them during the December 4th matchup.  The Suns would lose that game by seventeen points.  In this game, though, Troy Daniels scored ten points off the bench as he had two three-pointers in the second quarter.  Josh Jackson helped out with eight points on fifty percent shooting.  Overall, the Suns would complete thirty-eight percent of their shots in the first half while the Portland Trail Blazers completed fifty-five percent.

Damian Lillard got hot with twenty-one points for the home team while knocking down three three-pointers in the first quarter.  He also had five rebounds, six assists, and one steal.  Jusuf Nurkic chipped in seven points on only thirty-eight percent shooting.  Seth Curry was kept completely scoreless while Al-Farouq Aminu had five points.  Jake Layman played the most minutes off the bench as he had seventeen points while the Trail Blazers went into halftime with a commanding 62 to 41 advantage.

The Suns would come out of the locker room with a sense of urgency as they scored forty-seven points in the second half, twenty-seven in the fourth quarter.  Rookie Elie Okobo dropped nine points while hitting a three-pointer late in the fourth quarter.  De’Anthony Melton scored seven points off the bench while both Josh Jackson and Richaun Holmes had six points each.

The Trail Blazers would make sure to keep fighting as Zach Collins scored ten points in the eighteen minutes he played off the bench.  Evan Turner had six points off the bench while Lillard was limited to four points but his play wasn’t really needed for the rest of the game as the Portland Trail Blazers handed the Phoenix Suns a 108-86 loss, tying their longest losing streak this season at seven games.  Damian Lillard finished the contest with twenty-five points, five rebounds, eight assists, one steal, and one block while Troy Daniels had a season-high fifteen points, along with three rebounds, and one assist.

So…what’s next?

The Phoenix Suns will host Josh Richardson (19.7 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 3.3 APG, 41.1 FG%, 39.9 3P%) and the Miami Heat (9-14) tomorrow night at 9:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of two meetings between these two teams this season.  Last season, the Miami Heat swept the Suns in their regular-season series, 2-0.

The Portland Trail Blazers will host Karl-Anthony Towns (21.3 PPG, 12.0 RPG, 2.3 APG, 49.1 FG%, 41.2 3P%) and the Minnesota Timberwolves (13-12) on Saturday at 10:00 p.m.  This will be the third of four times that these two teams will battle each other during this season.  The last time the Trail Blazers and the Timberwolves saw each other was on November 16 when the Timberwolves defeated the Trail Blazers, 112-96.  Andrew Wiggins finished that game with twenty-three points, five rebounds, four assists, two steals, and one block while C.J. McCollum had eighteen points, one rebound, two assists, and one steal.

Damian Lillard’s late three-pointer gives the Trail Blazers a 113-110 win over the Lakers

Damian Lillard’s late three-pointer gives the Trail Blazers a 113-110 win over the Lakers

The Portland Trail Blazers started the game with shooting a high seventy-one percent in the first quarter while limiting the Los Angeles Lakers to forty-four percent.  Ohio-native C.J. McCollum started off hot as he shoots eighty-three percent from the field to earn himself thirteen points.  He collected nine of those points from beyond the arc while Jusuf Nurkic chalked up ten points.  Nurkic also dished off three assists while Damian Lillard had seven points, three from beyond the three-point line and the other four from the charity stripe.  Lillard also gave out the assists while Evan Turner came off of the bench to record two points, three rebounds, and two assists.

As for the Lakers, Kyle Kuzma played six minutes off of the bench as he dropped seven points, shooting sixty percent from the field.  Brook Lopez would contribute with four points but would earn two of them from the free-throw line.  Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Julius Randle would both come off the bench to also be limited to four points each while Lonzo Ball would be held scoreless in the eight minutes that he played.  He would, however, get off two assists but it was still the Portland team who ended the first quarter with a huge 41 to 25 advantage.

The purple-and-gold would respond in the second period with a 37 to 25 run, shooting sixty-three percent while holding the Blazers to forty-two percent.  Former Nets’ center Brook Lopez would start to warm up as he scores thirteen points off of eighty-three percent shooting.  Jordan Clarkson came off of the bench to help out with six points while grabbing one defensive rebound and dishing off two assists.  Kuzma continued to work as he put up four points and two defensive rebounds.  Randle came off of the bench to also put up four points to go along with his three defensive rebounds while Lonzo was kept scoreless.

On the other end of the court, Jusuf Nurkic would chalk up ten points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  Lillard ended up with six points, along with one offensive rebound and two assists.  Former Lakers’ forward Ed Davis came off of the bench to score three points while pulling down one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds.  Maurice Harkless was limited to just two points as the Trail Blazers closed out the first half with a 66-62 lead.

The Lakers continued to impress as they shot fifty-seven percent from the field as a team, holding the Blazers at only thirty percent.  Brandon Ingram would decide to warm up with eight points while gobbling up two defensive rebounds.  Caldwell-Pope ended up scoring five points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  Larry Nance and Brook Lopez would each be held to just three points, both earn one of them from the free-throw line.  Even though Ball was still scoreless in the third quarter, he managed to grab one defensive rebound while blocking two shots.

As for the Oregon team, Damian Lillard continued to contribute as he dropped ten points but only shot twenty-nine percent from the field.  He earned six of those points from the free-throw line while grabbing two boards.  McCollum helped out with a three-pointer and one free-throw as he gave out two assists.  Caleb Swanigan came off of the bench to give three points while pulling down two offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound.  Evan Turner was scoreless in the seven minutes he played but he did grab two defensive rebounds while dishing off two assists.  Nurkic recorded two points and two defensive rebounds while the Trail Blazers went into the third quarter with a tight 87-85 lead.

The Lakers continued to shoot at a high rate as they shot fifty-six percent from the field in the fourth period while the Portland team shot forty-three percent.  Kyle Kuzma played for the entire quarter as he chalked up nine points, hitting a three-pointer in the process.  Brook Lopez scored seven points in the quarter, three coming from beyond the arc and two from the free-throw line.  Corey Brewer was held at two points while grabbing two defensive rebounds while Ball was scoreless.

As for the other team, Damian Lillard scored nine more additional points with three coming from beyond the arc.  He was able to gobble up one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound while Nurkic collected six points.  Harkless was held scoreless but he did manage to get his hands on two defensive rebounds.  The game would be tied with fifteen seconds left but Damian Lillard would connect for a 30-foot three-pointer with one second left to give the Portland Trail Blazers a 113-110 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.  Brook Lopez finished with twenty-seven points, three rebounds, and one assist while Lonzo Ball would be held scoreless.  Damian Lillard ended up with thirty-two points, six rebounds, and five assists.

The Minnesota Timberwolves pull away with a 115 to 113 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder

The Minnesota Timberwolves pull away with a 115 to 113 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder

Sunday’s matchup between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Oklahoma City Thunder is the first of four games that these two teams would play against each other.  Each team is coming off of a game against the Utah Jazz, the Thunder losing to the Jazz as the Timberwolves defeated the Jazz.  The Thunder would hope to avoid their second straight loss as they hosted the Timberwolves at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The Timberwolves would shoot fifty-seven percent from the field as a team while limiting the Thunder to forty-six percent.  2015 Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins would drop ten points as he shot sixty-seven percent from the field.  He would connect for a three-pointer while grabbing three defensive rebounds and dishing off two assists.  Taj Gibson ended up shooting seventy-five percent from the field as he scored six points.  Karl-Anthony Towns would be limited to thirty-three percent shooting from the field as he dropped two points but he did manage to get three rebounds.

As for the home team, Steven Adams would shoot eighty percent from the field as he tallies up eight points while grabbing two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds.  Carmelo Anthony ended up shooting fifty percent from the field as he scored six points.  Paul George would be limited to only four points in the nine minutes that he played but he did manage to pull down two defensive rebounds.  Russell Westbrook only scored two points but he did record one defensive rebound and two assists as the Timberwolves ended the first quarter with a 28 to 23 lead.

During the second period, the Thunder would shoot fifty-seven percent from the field as the Minnesota team shot fifty-two percent.  South Carolina-native Raymond Felton would come off the bench to put up ten points, six of them coming from beyond the arc.  Westbrook chalked up seven more points while pulling down two defensive rebounds and dishing off two assists.  George and Anthony would be limited to two points each as Steven Adams recorded six points, along with two offensive rebounds and one offensive rebound.

Karl-Anthony Towns would shoot fifty-seven percent from the field as he scored eleven points, adding four rebounds to go along with it.  New-shooting guard Jimmy Butler shot forty percent from the field but was only limited to four points.  Gorgui Dieng would come off of the bench to collect four points for himself.  Gibson would be limited to only a three-pointer but it was still the Timberwolves who entered halftime with a 61 to 54 lead.

The Minnesota team would go on a 27 to 21 run in the third as they shot forty percent from the field, limiting the Thunder to thirty-two percent from the field.  Towns continue to impress as he shoots seventy-five percent from the field, chalking up seven points which would include one three-pointer.  Butler contributed with seven more points which would include three from beyond the arc.  Jeff Teague would collect two defensive rebounds and three assists as Taj Gibson pulled down one offensive rebound and four defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the court, Carmelo Anthony ended up dropping seven points which included one three-pointer.  Westbrook would shoot sixty percent from the field as he gets seven points, as well, along with one defensive rebound and three assists.  Paul George would put up five points as he shots only thirty-three percent from the field.  Steven Adams would be held scoreless but he would manage to gobble up three offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound as the Minnesota Timberwolves went into the last quarter with an 88-75 advantage.

The Oklahoma team would respond with a huge 38 to 27 run in the fourth quarter as they shot fifty-six percent from the field.  The Timberwolves ended up shooting fifty percent from the field as Andrew Wiggins dropped twelve points while grabbing one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound.  Karl-Anthony Towns would contribute with seven points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He would also connect for a three-pointer in the process while Butler would be limited to two points.

On the other end of the floor, Westbrook would heat up for fifteen points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  Carmelo Anthony would play ten minutes as he scored eight points, hitting one three-pointer in the process.  George played for the entire quarter but would only be limited to a three-pointer.  He would happen to pull down one defensive rebound while dishing off four assists.

With thirty seconds left in the quarter, Westbrook would nail a three-pointer to tie the game up at 110 apiece.  Towns would then take the ball and drive towards the basket to put in a layup, giving the visiting team a two-point lead.  Out of a Thunder timeout, Carmelo Anthony would connect for a three-point jump shot to give the Thunder a one-point lead.  But it was Wiggins who took the ball across the court to knock down a three-pointer, giving the Minnesota Timberwolves a 115 to 113 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.  Karl-Anthony Towns finished the game with twenty-seven points, twelve rebounds, and one assist.  Andrew Wiggins would also finish with twenty-seven points, along with seven rebounds and four assists.  Russell Westbrook ended up with thirty-one points, five rebounds and ten assists.

The Golden State Warriors defeat the Portland Trail Blazers, sweeping the series and advancing to the next round

The Golden State Warriors defeat the Portland Trail Blazers, sweeping the series and advancing to the next round

Things have not come easy for the Portland Trail Blazers in the series against the Golden State Warriors, as they lost the first three games.  Last night, they looked to avoid a sweep in Portland, Oregon.  The first game was a victory for the Oakland team as they won, 121-109.  In that game, Kevin Durant scored thirty-two points, pulled down eleven rebounds and dished off two assists.  C.J. McCollum would finish with forty-one points, eight rebounds and one assist.  The Warriors would go on to defeat the Trail Blazers in Game 2, as well, handing Portland a 110-81 blowout.  Stephen Curry would end up with nineteen points, five rebounds and six assists.  Maurice Harkless put up fifteen points, eight rebounds and one assist.  The Portland Trail Blazers would also lose Game 3 as the Warriors escape with a 119 to 113 win.  During that game, Stephen Curry would score thirty-four points, pull down four rebounds and give out eight assists.  C.J. McCollum would settle for thirty-two points and six rebounds.  The Golden State Warriors looked to end the series with a sweep last night in Portland.

The visiting team would put on a huge scoring display in the first quarter as they shot sixty-three percent from the field, limiting the home team to thirty percent from the field.  Stephen Curry would score twelve points, nine coming from behind the arc and three coming from the free-throw line.  He would also crash the boards for four rebounds and dish out five assists.  Klay Thompson would contribute to the score as he puts up nine points, collecting six of those from behind the 3-point line.  Coming back fresh off a calf injury, Kevin Durant would earn seven points for himself, including one 3-pointer.  On the other end, Evan Turner would put up five points which would include one 3-pointer but it was the Warriors who ended the quarter with a huge 45-22 lead.  The Trail Blazers would try to come back as two-time All-Star, Damian Lillard, would get hot for sixteen points, which would contain one 3-pointer.  Al-Farouq Aminu would come off the bench to pull down three rebounds and chalk up six points, which would hold one 3-pointer.  As for the Warriors, Curry would earn nine more points, including two 3-pointers.  Thompson would score seven points, containing one 3-pointer as the visiting team walk into halftime, holding onto a commanding 72-48 lead.

Things would not get any easier for the Oregon team as Ohio-native, Stephen Curry, lights the floor up with sixteen points in the third quarter.  He would collect six of those points from behind the three-point line as he jumps up to get three rebounds and throws out two assists.  Former Bucks player, Zaza Pachulia, would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, receiving six points for himself.  Draymond Green would knock down one 3-pointer and two free-throws to earn himself five points, along with three rebounds.  As for the Portland team, Lillard would get hot for thirteen points, which would hold one 3-pointer.  Bench player, Al-Farouq Aminu, would knock down two 3-pointers and five free-throws, collecting eleven points for himself but it was Golden State that went into the fourth quarter with a 106 to 80 lead.  Shabazz Napier would come off the Portland bench in the fourth quarter to drop eight points, including one 3-pointer.  McCollum would score four more points but it was the Golden State Warriors who defeat the Portland Trail Blazers, 128-103, sweeping the series and advancing to the next round.  Stephen Curry finished with thirty-seven points, seven rebounds and eight assists.  Damian Lillard would settle for thirty-four points, one rebound and six assists.

The Portland Trail Blazers get blown out by the Golden State Warriors, falling 0-2 in series

The Portland Trail Blazers get blown out by the Golden State Warriors, falling 0-2 in series

Last night marked the second game in the Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers playoff series.  Kevin Durant would not play after suffering from a strained left calf muscle.  The first game was a victory for the Warriors as they pulled away with a 121-109 win.  Kevin Durant would score thirty-two points, pull down eleven rebounds and dish off two assists.  C.J. McCollum finished with forty-one points, eight rebounds and one assist.  The Trail Blazers looked to tie the series up last night in Oakland.

The Golden State Warriors would start the game off right as they put on an incredible scoring display in the first, shooting 56% as a team, limiting the visiting team to 27%.  Klay Thompson went for eight points, which included one 3-pointer.  Zaza Pachulia scored six points and pulled down three rebounds.  Stephen Curry would score six points, as well, but only making one out of five 3-pointers.  JaVale McGee would come off the bench to drop six points, too.  Draymond Green would contribute to the game with six rebounds and six assists.  On the other end, Damian Lillard would drop ten points but the home team would end the first quarter with a huge 33 to 17 lead.  Former Orlando Magic player, Maurice Harkless, would score ten points for the Portland team in the second quarter, along with four rebounds.  McCollum would score five points, only shooting 33% from the field.  Evan Turner would throw up five points, as well, which contained one 3-pointer.  Aminu came off the bench to connect for two out of five shots, which held one 3-pointer.  McGee would try to keep the Warriors ahead as he drops seven points, grabs three rebounds and block two shots.  Rookie Patrick McCaw would earn himself five points which included one 3-pointer as the Warriors walk into halftime with a 55-46 lead.  In the third period, the Golden State Warriors would go on a huge 28 to 12 run as Curry gets hot for thirteen points, which included three out of six 3-pointers. Three-time All-Star, Klay Thompson, would connect for two 3-pointers, collecting six points for himself.  Iguodala would come off the bench to only be held scoreless, but he would crash the boards for four rebounds as the Warriors enter the last quarter with a 83-58 advantage.  The Trail Blazers would try to come back as Shabazz Napier drops ten points, which included two 3-pointers.  It would be California team that close the game out, though, as Ian Clark comes off the bench to drop nine points and pull down three rebounds.  The Golden State Warriors defeated the Portland Trail Blazers with a huge 110-81 victory as the Warriors take a 2-0 lead in the series.  Stephen Curry finished with nineteen points, six rebounds and six assists.  Maurice Harkless finished with fifteen points, eight rebounds and one assist.

The Golden State Warriors defeat the Portland Trail Blazers as they take a 1-0 lead in series

The Golden State Warriors defeat the Portland Trail Blazers as they take a 1-0 lead in series

Today marked the first game between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Golden State Warriors in their Playoffs series.  These two teams met up in the postseason last year, resulting in the Warriors defeating Portland 4-1 in the Semifinals.  This will be the first time that Kevin Durant has played in the postseason as a Warrior.  The Trail Blazers would look to get revenge as each team looks to start the series off on a good foot inside the Oracle Arena.

Kevin Durant would start off hot in the first quarter as he scores eleven points which included one 3-pointer.  He would shoot 50% from the floor while pulling down six rebounds.  Stephen Curry would also shoot 50%, as he collects nine points, including one 3-pointer.  Draymond Green would work on the boards as he grabs four rebounds for the home team.  On the other end, both C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard would drop twelve points each.  McCollum’s twelve points would include two 3-pointers as Lillard’s twelve points included one 3-pointer but it would be the Warriors who end the first quarter with a 31-27 lead.  The 2015-2016 Most Improved Player, C.J. McCollum, would heat up in the second quarter as he shoots 77% from the field, earning fifteen points which contained one 3-pointer.  Lillard would also drop nine points, including one 3-pointer.  After being held scoreless in the first, Klay Thompson would throw up seven points, which held a 3-pointer.  Durant would collect five more points, including one 3-pointer as both teams would head into the locker rooms with a 56-56 tie.  Stephen Curry would come alive in the third period, as he scores fourteen points, containing two 3-pointers.  Former Thunder player, Kevin Durant, would earn eight additional points, shooting 60% from the field.  On the other end of the floor, Maurice Harkless, C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard would each score seven points for the Oregon team.  Harkless would shoot 60% from the field, including one 3-pointer.  McCollum would shoot 37% from the field, as well as Lilliard, who also earned himself a 3-pointer.  At the end of the third, the score would be tied at 88 a piece as they look to close things out in the fourth.  The last period would belong to the California team as they go on a huge 33 to 21 run.  The second-round pick in the 2012 draft, Draymond Green, would drop ten points, which included one 3-pointer.  He would also grab three rebounds, get two steals and three blocks.  Kevin Durant would earn himself eight more points as they escape with a 121 to 109 win, taking a 1-0 lead in the series.  C.J. McCollum finished with forty-one points (his new career-high points in Playoffs), eight rebounds and one assist.  Kevin Durant would finish with thirty-two points, ten rebounds and two assists.