The Trail Blazers are leaders in the Western Conference of the NBA
The Portland Trail Blazers have begun to show their best basketball as they approach the second half of the season, and with their fifth consecutive win, they warn that they are a winning team in the Western Conference.
But it was the Brooklyn Nets, with their new acquisition of shooting guard James Harden. He staged the remarkable comeback of the day, which gave them their fourth consecutive victory and second place in the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference.
The great disappointment was again the Milwaukee Bucks. They lost in their field against the Toronto Raptors and suffered their fourth consecutive defeat, which had not happened since 2019 when they played the Eastern Conference final against the same rival.
Point guard Damian Lillard scored 31 points, including 12 in the last 4:11 minutes, and the Trail Blazers defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 104-115 at home.
The Blazers squandered a 24-point second-half lead before regaining control on the back of Lillard, who made all four of his 3-pointers during the final streak when he had already racked up five fouls.
Shooting guard Gary Trent Jr. had 19 points, while Swiss Turkish centre Enes Kanter added eight and grabbed 21 rebounds for Portland, which has won five in a row. Lillard is averaging 30.2 points per game during the winning streak.
Trail Blazers, first NBA team to close its facilities due to covid-19
The Portland Trail Blazers closed their sports facilities this Sunday, December 6, 2020. After learning three positive tests for covid-19 in the last four days.
Blazers president Neil Olshey, in a statement distributed by the team, said Sunday that the decision to close the facility was made “out of an abundance of caution,” in addition to completing contact tracing.
By the health safety protocols that the NBA has established with the start of training camps. The Trail Blazers will have to do a deep cleaning before reopening their work sports centre.
Sunday was profitable to be the first full day of drill camp for the Blazers, like the rest of the NBA teams. They began to have players in their facilities last week when individual work sessions began.
The team did not say whether the positive tests involved players, personnel, or combination. Still, the Trail Blazers will start preseason next Friday at home against the Sacramento Kings, and that remains on schedule.
Pau Gasol broadcast his signing by the Portland Trail Blazers
The Spanish pivot Pau Gasol, two-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers, confirmed this Thursday, July 25, 2019. He signed for the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers through his Twitter account.
Although Catalan’s new team has not made a statement, the player has declared that he is “very excited” about this project. “Ready and happy to join one of the best teams in the league,” added the Catalan on his social networks.
The eldest of the Gasol brothers will be the fifth Spaniard to play for the Oregon club with this signing. After Fernando Martín, the first Spaniard to head to the NBA, Sergio Rodríguez, Rudy Fernández, and Víctor Claver.
Despite his age, Gasol, 39, is an accomplished veteran with a history of success in the NBA. He has two league titles with Kobe Bryant’s Los Angeles Lakers, won in the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
The centre will begin its sixth American adventure in Portland after passing through the Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs, and Milwaukee Bucks.
He has also been selected as an NBA All-Star six times and chosen as an All-NBA four times.
The Trail Blazers consider him the perfect player to bring the team’s experience to a roster full of young talent. Most recently, centre Hassan Whiteside was traded from the Miami Heat, who joins Zach Collins.
CJ McCollum and Trail Blazers were superior to Oklahoma City Thunder.
Shooting guard CJ McCollum contributed 27 points and seven assists that helped the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 106-117 at home in a matchup of Northwest Division teams.
The victory was the third row for the Trail Blazers (22-18). Who consolidated in second place in the standings, in the Minnesota Timberwolves are the outstanding leaders (26-16).
The Trail Blazers, who began a four-game road trip away from home. They earned their seventh win in the last nine meetings they’ve had against the Thunder.
Puerto Rican point guard Shabazz Napier. Who started as a starter in place of Damian Lillard, who was injured, was once again influential in the individual and team game of the Trail Blazers. She contributed 21 points and five rebounds.
Bosnian centre Jusuf Nurkic had 20 points and eight rebounds that helped the Trail Blazers.
Napier matched his second-highest mark of the season. He has achieved three times and fell just two points shy of the 23 he scored on December 28 against the Philadelphia Sixers.
The Puerto Rican point guard played 34 minutes and scored 5 of 10 field goals. Including two of 3 triples and 9 of 10 free throws, and gave two assists. They recovered two balls, lost four, and committed two personal fouls.
His compatriot shooting guard-forward Maurice Harkless had nine points in 18 minutes, scoring three shots from the field. Including 1 of 1 triple, 2 of 5 free throws, two rebounds, and two assists.
The Thunder is a course by point guard Russell Westbrook, who had a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds. While forwards Paul George scored 22 points and Carmelo Anthony reached 19 points.
Trail Blazers must show endurance in chase of Ben Simmons trade
Tries out the Philadelphia 76ers are concerned about trading Ben Simmons for the Portland Trail Blazers ‘ “other” star gunfire guards afterwards. Well, at least for a value that Daryl Morey essential-have known Neil Olshey would refuse to pay.
On Friday, Shams Charania of The Athletic and STADIUM reported that Philadelphia asked Portland McCollum for three first-round picks. In exchange for Simmons, three first-round pick trades, a proposal summarily rejected by the Blazers.
However, the very notion that Morey has a limited interest in McCollum is a piece of information that could prove revealing. Everything indicated that the Sixers would not settle for anyone less than Damian Lillard in a hypothetical trade with the Blazers for Simmons. No decision-maker in basketball believes in the value of collective star power more than Morey. Recently, there has been pushback on the assumption that Philadelphia would be comfortable trading Simmons for a package of picks and young players. Now before trading him for an NBA-caliber Player in the future.
Would the Blazers get a significant promotion in any Simons trade? It is stuck on his current play; any implicit target would have to outproduce him and be a better fit with Lillard. No one seems to fit that description outdoors of Boston’s Jaylen Brown presently. But are the Celtics willing to relinquish the All-Star sect in a trade?
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