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Trail Blazers Earn 6th Seed, Face Nuggets in 2021 NBA Playoffs

Following a wild, firework-filled final day, the Portland Trail Blazers clinched the Western Conference’s No. 6 seed, setting a date with a familiar opponent: the Denver Nuggets. After a wire-to-wire victory over the Denver to close out the 2020-21 regular season, the Portland Trail Blazers will be hoping those fortunes...
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Trail Blazers overcome adversity, negativity to reach playoffs for 8th consecutive time: ‘I think we overachieved by anybody’s standards’

Damian Lillard, a professional wrestling fan, compared the NBA playoffs to wrestling’s Royal Rumble. In that event, multiple participants battle one another to see who will be the last man standing. So far, during Lillard’s nine seasons in the NBA, his Portland Trail Blazers have never been the last man standing. But after beating Denver 132-116 Sunday night at the Moda Center, the Blazers will be entering the postseason rumble for the eighth consecutive season.
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Blazers Win 42 Games After Fan Tweeted Damian Lillard About Losing His House

Well, maybe there was when the Portland Trail Blazers fell to 32-28 on April 25 with a fifth straight loss, but Damian Lillard helped lead his team to 42 wins on the season. That is particularly notable for one fan who tweeted at the six-time All-Star on April 18 that they needed the team to win 42 games to save their house:
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Warriors will face Lakers or Blazers in play-in as No. 8 seed

The Warriors earned the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference with a 113-101 win Sunday over the Memphis Grizzlies. Now, they play the waiting game. Golden State will face either the Los Angeles Lakers or Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday in the NBA play-in tournament. The Warriors play the...
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NBA playoff picture, standings, magic numbers: Lakers projected for No. 6 in West; Knicks clinch home court

Well, we're down to the final day of the NBA's 2020-21 regular season, and there's no telling what's going to happen on Sunday. Are teams going to try to tank their way into preferred matchups? It's not quite that simple. Many of the games involving teams in potential position to manipulate their seed are happening at the same time. One result changes all the other scenarios. You're going to see a lot of scoreboard watching and mid-game "adjustments."
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Preview: Denver Nuggets look to wrap up season against Portland Trail Blazers

The Denver Nuggets (47-24) wrapped up a top-four seed just under a week ago, and they’re one of a few teams that have yet to solidify their seeding on the final day of the regular season. One of the other teams is the Portland Trail Blazers (41-30) who are currently in sixth place due to a tie-breaker win over the Los Angeles Lakers. Depending on the results of this game, a lot of moving could occur.
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Blazers Hammer Nuggets to Avoid NBA Play-In Tournament

The Portland Trail Blazers needed a win over the Denver Nuggets in the final game of the regular season to avoid the 7th seed in the Western Conference and an appointment in next week’s NBA Play-In Tournament. With Denver playing for essentially nothing, the Blazers got their wish easily. They opened the game with 11 straight points and never looked back, winning in a blowout.
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Blazers In Phoenix With A Chance To Clinch In Second Game Of A Back-To-Back

It took a while longer than usual, but the yearly tradition of the Trail Blazers going on a late-season playoff push seems to have arrived. But despite winning five-straight and nine out of their last 10, they're still are not assured of a spot in the 2021 Playoffs. That would...
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Blazers Move Within One Game Of Playoffs With Win Versus Jazz

After struggling mightily in the early going, the Trail Blazers settled in and settled down to come away with a 105-98 victory versus the Utah Jazz in front of a crowd of 6,506 Wednesday night in Salt Lake City. “I like that we kept our composure after a slow start,”...
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Former Trail Blazers coach Rick Adelman named to 2021 Basketball Hall of Fame class

Former Portland Trail Blazers coach Rick Adelman has been named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as part of a 16-person class for 2021. Adelman, 74, joins a class headlined by former star players Chris Bosh, Paul Pierce and Chris Webber. Others in the group include Villanova coach Jay Wright, Ben Wallace, Yolanda Griffith and three-time WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson.
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Lakers Beat Pacers, Set Up Wild Last Day for Blazers

The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Indiana Pacers 122-115 this afternoon, clearing the way for the final day of the NBA regular season to determine playoffs seeding in several Western Conference slots. The victory gives the Lakers a 41-30 record, tied with the Portland Trail Blazers for the 6th and...
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Trail Blazers and Nuggets Set for 6:00 P.M. Tipoff on May 16

PORTLAND, Ore. (May 13, 2021) – The Trail Blazers final regular season game against Denver on Sunday, May 16 will start at 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time, the NBA announced today. The game will be televised on NBC Sports Northwest (NBCSNW), the Official Network of the Portland Trail Blazers. In addition,...
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NBA power rankings: Blazers hitting their stride as regular season winds down

PORTLAND, Ore. — It was March 26, the Trail Blazers were playing the Orlando Magic, and Jusuf Nurkic was back in the starting lineup for Portland for the first time since missing more than two months with a wrist injury. It was also the day after the NBA trade deadline and Norman Powell, whom the Blazers had acquired from Toronto the day before, made his first start for the Blazers.
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Trail Blazers Look To Stay Hot On The Road In Atlanta

The Trail Blazers, typically a team that gets the majority of their wins at home, have won 20 games on the road this season, which ranks second behind only the Phoenix Suns with 21. Portland will try to add to that total while also keeping alive a road winning streak when they face the Hawks Monday night in Atlanta in the second game of a back-to-back. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.
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