10:13 PM EDT, Fri August 14, 2020
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Vlade Divac Out as Sacramento Kings GM

Vlade Divac Out as Sacramento Kings GM

Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via The besieged executive steps down after years of frustration. Sacramento Kings General Manager Vlade Divac has stepped down from his position after five years as the lead executive for the organization. Joe Dumars will take the role on an interim basis as the Kings search for Divac’s replacement. Sam Amick tweeted the news earlier today. Kings GM Vlade Divac is stepping down, source tells @TheAthleticNBA. Joe Dumars (advisor previously) will be interim executive VP of basketball ops and immediately assumes GM duties. Dumars will be involved in the...
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Blazers vs. Grizzlies Preview

Blazers vs. Grizzlies Preview

Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports The Blazers accomplished their goals during the seeding games; now they just need one more win for the playoffs. Portland Trail Blazers (35-39) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (34-39) Saturday, August 15 - 11:30 a.m. PTBlazers injuries: Rodney Hood (out), Trevor Ariza (opted out), Caleb Swanigan (opted out), Nassir Little (out)Grizzlies injuries: Tyus Jones (doubtful), Justise Winslow (out), Jaren Jackson Jr. (out)How to watch on TV: ABC (or check out Fubo for your streaming needs)Radio: 620 AMSBN Affiliate: Grizzly Bear Blues After an intense stretch of games the...
3 hours ago
ICYMI: Carmelo Anthony Earns Maurice Lucas Award

ICYMI: Carmelo Anthony Earns Maurice Lucas Award

Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports The Portland Trail Blazers forward has been announced as the team’s 2019-20 Maurice Lucas Award recipient for his work on and off the basketball court. In case you missed it yesterday, Portland Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony was named the Blazers’ Maurice Lucas Award winner for the 2019-20 season. Congrats to @carmeloanthony, winner of this year's Maurice Lucas Award!In recognition of the award, we are making a $5,000 donation to the @Socialchangefnd, an organization selected by Melo.Learn more: https://t.co/PLI59oweTd...
6 hours ago
Damian Lillard’s Walk-off Interview on TNT

Damian Lillard’s Walk-off Interview on TNT

Photo by Jim Poorten/NBAE via “Our season is on the line … I’m not going to sleep well tonight knowing that I was just passive.” Damian Lillard capped off a brilliant three game stretch with 42 points and 12 assists last night in a 134-133 victory over the Brooklyn Nets. Chris Haynes spoke with Lillard on TNT right after the game. Haynes asked Lillard what he was thinking when he put up a shot from the half court logo: Our season is on the line, and maybe 2.5, 3.5 minutes went by where I was just trying to make the right play. You know, two guys were coming to me, and I was...
6 hours ago
Damian Lillard Trusts Teammates, but Still Wanted Big Shot

Damian Lillard Trusts Teammates, but Still Wanted Big Shot

Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports interviews Portland’s superstar about his game-turning moment. Damian Lillard’s deep three-point shot early in the fourth quarter of Portland’s victory over the Brooklyn Nets turned the game around in shocking and demonstrable fashion. In a broad treatment of Lillard’s game, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports got the explanation from Lillard himself, how that shot happened and why it was so important. Brooklyn elected to trap Lillard on most second-half possessions, forcing him to pass the ball to teammates. This inhibited...
6 hours ago
NBA Auctioning Game-Worn Jerseys for Justice

NBA Auctioning Game-Worn Jerseys for Justice

Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports NBA players turn a lively game-worn jersey market into a tool for change. The National Basketball Players Association has inaugurated a Justice Fund, using proceeds from the auction of NBA game-worn jerseys from the season restart to support social justice initiatives. An advisory committee of players will examine and recommend potential recipients for the funds. Players’ Justice Fund.Managed by the players with support from the NBPA Foundation, the newly-created Players’ Justice Fund will receive the proceeds from the auction of the NBA’s restart...
7 hours ago
Gary Trent Jr. Praised for His Improvement

Gary Trent Jr. Praised for His Improvement

Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports Sam Quinn of CBS Sports names Portland’s sixth man to his NBA All-Improvement Team. Gary Trent Jr.’s play in the NBA bubble has been critical for Portland’s success, and plenty of people have noticed. Today Sam Quinn of CBS Sports listed Trent Jr. as one of his NBA All-Improvement Team players: Trent’s hot streak is what happens when a very good shooter lands in a very good ecosystem that allows him to shoot enough to develop this sort of confidence. He’s going to be a very good shooter for a long, long time. The defense, though? That wasn’t as...
7 hours ago
6 Observations from Blazers-Nets

6 Observations from Blazers-Nets

Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports A half-dozen things you may have missed from one of the most exciting games of the year. The Portland Trail Blazers managed a soul-stirring, sleep-robbing victory over the Brooklyn Nets last night, preserving their season and catapulting them into the play-in series for the 2020 NBA Playoffs. As is typical, the game was rocky for Portland, with potholes and clear straightaways intermixed. It turned out to be an instant classic anyway. If you haven’t watched it yet, you should try to. The pivot points were dramatic and the outcome pleasant. For those who saw...
20 hours ago
Blazers Survive Scorching Nets to Keep Season Alive

Blazers Survive Scorching Nets to Keep Season Alive

Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports Portland pulls out a 134-133 thriller to earn a berth in the first ever Play-In this weekend behind a gargantuan effort from the Letter “O”. Needing a victory to keep their season alive, the Portland Trail Blazers did just enough to outlast a spirited, playoff-bound Brooklyn Nets in a 134-133 thriller on Thursday night in Orlando. The win gives Portland the top seed in the Western Conference Play-In this weekend against the Memphis Grizzlies, with a First Round match-up against the Los Angeles Lakers on the line. The Blazers officially finish the NBA...
22 hours ago
Recap: Blazers Beat Nets, Qualify for Play-In Games

Recap: Blazers Beat Nets, Qualify for Play-In Games

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/ Portland has captured the eighth seed and will face Memphis for this weekend’s play-in games. The Portland Trail Blazers faced a win-or-go-home matchup with the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday, but they ultimately prevailed by a score of 134-133. The win earned them the eighth seed and an advantage in this weekend’s play-in games against the Memphis Grizzlies. Damian Lillard’s 42 points and fourth-quarter heroics led the way. Dame Time. This man is absurd: Logo Lillard is back at it ⌚️ pic.twitter.com/A5JxPhDHC5— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) August 14,...
Aug 13, 2020
Three Reasons Blazers-Nets Could Be Tougher Than You Think

Three Reasons Blazers-Nets Could Be Tougher Than You Think

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports On paper, a healthy Portland squad should beat the injury-ravaged Nets, but... We now know that the Portland Trail Blazers must win against the Brooklyn Nets in their final seeding game tonight in order to advance to a play-in on Saturday for an 8th seed in the 2020 NBA Playoffs. On the surface, this looks like a mismatch. The Blazers are fully-stocked, while Brooklyn is missing Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Plus Spencer Dinwiddie. Plus DeAndre Jordan and Jamal Crawford. The Nets are set in their seed and have nothing to play for. Portland has beaten better...
Aug 13, 2020
Blazers Must Win vs. Nets to Qualify for Play-In Game

Blazers Must Win vs. Nets to Qualify for Play-In Game

Photo by Kim Klement - Pool/ It all comes down to this. The Portland Trail Blazers’ season hangs in the balance before Thursday's matchup against the Brooklyn Nets. The Memphis Grizzlies’ victory earlier in the day has clinched their spot in this weekend’s play-in games, but the outcome of Portland’s game will determine if the Grizzlies are the eighth or ninth seed. A Blazers win clinches the eighth seed for Portland and would require Memphis to beat them in both play-in games to make the playoffs, while the Blazers would only need one win to advance to the first round for a date...
Aug 13, 2020
Gameday Thread: Blazers vs. Nets Seeding Game

Gameday Thread: Blazers vs. Nets Seeding Game

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/ Portland’s final seeding game will air on NBC Sports Northwest at 6 p.m. PT. Tip-off: 6 p.m. PT Watch: NBC Sports Northwest, TNT The new usual rules apply: No swearing. No pictures/videos No discussions of streaming besides all the legit ones. Be cool to not only each other, but also somewhat respectful toward the people on TV. It’s totally appropriate to vent frustration, of course. Occasional complaints about bad calls are totally fine. Constant, repeated complaints about the refs (including in ALL CAPS) are not.
Aug 13, 2020
Evaluating Carmelo Anthony’s Performance in the Bubble So Far

Evaluating Carmelo Anthony’s Performance in the Bubble So Far

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Anthony’s impact has been felt in the heightened environment. Carmelo Anthony of the Portland Trail Blazers surpassed a special milestone on Sunday. In what was admittedly an ugly win over a junior varsity version of the 76ers, Anthony passed John Havlicek and Paul Pierce for the 15th spot on the All-Time NBA scoring list. It’s a wonderful accomplishment for a player who’s taken a strange road to his current team. Melo went from a scoring legend with the Nuggets and Knicks to an analytically maligned former superstar with the Thunder and Rockets. Even...
Aug 13, 2020
Open Thread: Final Day of Seeding Games

Open Thread: Final Day of Seeding Games

Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports The race for eighth concludes today. Thursday is the final day of seeding games as part of the NBA’s season restart in Orlando, Florida. The Portland Trail Blazers (34-39) currently have a 0.5 game lead on a trio of teams behind them: the Memphis Grizzlies (33-39), Phoenix Suns (33-39) and San Antonio Spurs (32-38). All four playoff hopefuls are in action today. Here’s the schedule: 1 p.m. PT: Grizzlies vs. Bucks (League Pass) 1 p.m. PT: Suns vs. Mavericks (TNT) 3:30 p.m. PT: Spurs vs. Jazz (TNT) 6 p.m. PT: Blazers vs. Nets (TNT, NBC Sports...