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    Portland Trail Blazers Game Thread: New York Knicks @ Portland Trail Blazers 10:00 3/6/2018 [Game #65]





    (24-40) -- (37-26)

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    Moda Center, Portland, OR MSG 10:00 PM EST


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    Injury Report

    New York Knicks Portland Trail Blazers
    Ron Baker - Right Shoulder Injury (OUT) Maurice Harkless - Left knee strain (QUEST)
    Kristaps Porzingis - Torn Left ACL (OUT) CJ Wilcox - Right knee arthroscopy (OUT)
    Joakim Noah - Personal Reason (NWT) -

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    PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Portland Trail Blazers have been on a sweet ride of late, and they want very much for it to continue.

    The Trail Blazers kept it rolling with a 108-103 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center Monday night, extending their season-long win streak to seven games.

    Damian Lillard scored 19 of his 39 points in the fourth quarter as the Blazers rallied from an 11-point deficit in the final 5:26 to end the Lakers' five-game win streak.

    Portland (38-26) now returns home to face the flailing New York Knicks (24-40), who have lost in 12 of their last 13 outings, at Moda Center.

    The Knicks nearly got one Sunday at Sacramento, losing 102-99 to the Kings after Skal Labissiere hit a 3-point shot with 1.6 seconds left. New York coach Jeff Hornacek was pleased the Knicks rallied from a 19-point deficit to tie the game, but not with what he considered a less-than-adequate effort from his players throughout the game -- a complaint he has had often of late.

    "OK, we're not in the playoffs," Hornacek told reporters. "But you still have to play with a sense of desperation every time you get on the court. These guys have opportunities to show the league what they can do. A lot of them have been bench guys on other teams, or in the G-League or something. You have to take advantage of the opportunities when they happen.

    "I think some of the guys think they are playing hard. I'm sure these guys are thinking, 'I'm playing as hard as I can.' But there is a different level between playing hard and playing with that desperation to do anything it takes to win. That's an internal thing."

    The Knicks have lost in 11 of their last 13 meetings with the Blazers, including a 103-91 defeat at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 27 in which Damian Lillard scored 32 points.

    Since Christmas, Portland has lost only one of 14 games at Moda Center.

    "It's good to be able to give our fans something to be happy about," guard CJ McCollum said. "With how close the West is, we can't afford to lose games at home. We've done a good job as of late."

    Lillard likes the resolve the Blazers are displaying at both ends of the court.

    "We're really showing our growth," he said. "We're continuing to stay locked in. Right now, we're playing good basketball. If shots aren't falling, we're not letting that dictate how we defend, how we communicate and our energy. We're controlling games with our consistency."

    The Blazers are getting good play out of rookie center Zach Collins, who came off the bench to score a season-high 12 points, making 5 of 6 shots while grabbing five rebounds in a Saturday home victory over Oklahoma City.

    "For a rookie to be out there in big moments like that in such a huge game against players of that level, Zach was great," Lillard said. "It gives him confidence, but it gives his teammates even more confidence in what he's capable of. It's cool to see a young guy have that kind of moment."

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    Mudiay needs to wake up this game otherwise Dame is going to destroy him tonight. No talk from Horn about starting Nits at PG, been reading a lot of articles and listening to a lot of pundits saying that's a mistake not to play Nits as the starting PG, I have to agree just for the fact the Knicks aren't going anywhere and most expected Nits would be starting by now, let him start against the 1st unit backcourts of the other teams and see how he does.

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    Lillard and McCoullough are gonna tear our high school backcourt apart

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    Iíll be watching Rockets/Thunder tonight why stay up late to watch our JV squad impersonating a real NBA team

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    Thanks for the Game Thread Rady ....
    Last night the Lakers guards Isiiah n Ball ran all the energy out of the Blazers .. any uptempo team scoring 110 pts could beat the Blazers tonight.

    Hornacek tanking technique has become outstanding with the 102-99 loss to an injury ridden no rebounding Kings zzz

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    Originally Posted by tiger0330
    Mudiay needs to wake up this game otherwise Dame is going to destroy him tonight. No talk from Horn about starting Nits at PG, been reading a lot of articles and listening to a lot of pundits saying that's a mistake not to play Nits as the starting PG, I have to agree just for the fact the Knicks aren't going anywhere and most expected Nits would be starting by now, let him start against the 1st unit backcourts of the other teams and see how he does.
    Doesn't seem by plan but Knits gets to start



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    Hopefully CLEE is at the barbershop taking care of his nappy hair. Itís cute when you are a decent player. On him itís ridiculous.

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    Originally Posted by Kiyaman
    Thanks for the Game Thread Rady ....
    Last night the Lakers guards Isiiah n Ball ran all the energy out of the Blazers .. any uptempo team scoring 110 pts could beat the Blazers tonight.

    Hornacek tanking technique has become outstanding with the 102-99 loss to an injury ridden no rebounding Kings zzz
    Problem is our backcourt couldnít hit water if they fell out of a boat

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    Nits got his first NBA start. Trey sporting an Afro instead of corn rows, wish I could say there was anything else different about the NO D Knicks allowing 35 pts 16 by Dame in the 1st.

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    Originally Posted by Broadway
    Doesn't seem by plan but Knits gets to start


    Horn should put Nits on Dame and see if he can slow him down. Mudiay doesn't have a chance to stop Dame.

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    Knits has played very well(this is one of those games you can see the affect of his defense impacting the game), even with the early foul trouble and with Lee out Beas off the bench there is a different rotation. Our other youngan Dotson got a little burn tonight himself
    Last edited by Broadway; Mar 06, 2018 at 22:12.

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    Knicks made a comeback from 15 down to close the lead to 5 57-52 Blazers at the half. THJ and Kanter with 14 apiece. If I'm Horn I pull the plug on the Mudiay as the starting PG, Nits has got to be better.

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    Mudiay 1-7 5 to 's half way through the 3rd.

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    Originally Posted by tiger0330
    Knicks made a comeback from 15 down to close the lead to 5 57-52 Blazers at the half. THJ and Kanter with 14 apiece. If I'm Horn I pull the plug on the Mudiay as the starting PG, Nits has got to be better.
    Another early pull on Mudiay and I was for it myself. While I don't think Knits has natural PG ability he deserves his chance like any other player. He's a high pick and we need to see what he's truly made of

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    Not sure why Nits is not on Dame given how hot he is and Nits D rep but I don't see much of Nits covering Dame. I see Nits switching off and covering bigger guys than sticking to Dame trying to stop him.

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