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The Portland Trail Blazers are looking to bounce back Sunday against the Philadelphia 76ers following Saturday’s 122-117 loss to the LA Clippers.

The Trail Blazers have fallen into a pattern in these seeding games of relying on spectacular offense to cover up the issues at the other end. In the first half against the Clippers Saturday, Portland’s offense put on a show. The Blazers led 75-69 at halftime. 

You can catch Sunday’s Blazers-Sixers game on NBC Sports Northwest, the Official Network of the Portland Trail Blazers with tip-off set for 3:30pm. Our coverage starts at 1pm with ‘Blazers Game Day’ followed by ‘Blazers Warm-up’ at 2:30p.m. and ‘Blazers Pregame’ at 3:00pm.

Plus, to wrap up a Blazers Game Day, check out ‘Blazers Outsiders’ immediately following the ‘Blazers Postgame Show.’

Or if you can’t get to a TV, stream the game on our website or by downloading the MyTeams app!

Plus, for full coverage of Portland’s sixth seeding game make sure to follow Dwight Jaynes, Jamie Hudson and our digital team throughout the day. Follow us on social for the latest updates. 

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Blazers Podcast as special guest Bill Walton joins hosts Channing Frye and Dan Sheldon]: 

Injury Reports:For the 76ers, Glenn Robinson III (left hip; pointer) was listed as questionable, but has been upgraded to available; Ben Simmons (left knee; patella subluxation) is out.

Portland wasn’t able to get enough stops down the stretch coupled with costly fouls and Damian Lillard missing a pair of free throws with 18.6 seconds left on the clock, the Blazers loss to the Clippers really stings now that Portland has its eyes set on that eighth seed, not ninth.

In our huddle, in our locker room we saying let’s go win all three because we trying to get a chance at the eight spot. We trying to track down Memphis so that’s what we looking at and we also know that other teams are playing well. You don’t know who is going to be playing for some of the teams that they have to play, so we’ve got to have the mindset of just going out there to win all three.  — Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard

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Carmelo Anthony put his arm around Damian Lillard as they walked off the court, sharing a private moment after pulling out a season-saving win over the Philadelphia 76ers.

Anthony declined to reveal the details of the chat, but considering how close the Trail Blazers came to blowing their playoff chances over the weekend, it’s safe to say it was a moment of catharsis for the Blazers captain and their most decorated veteran.

“That was a moment between me and him,” Anthony said, electing to keep the specifics private. “It was all great things I can tell you that.”

A day after Lillard missed two late free throws to cap off a full team meltdown against the shorthanded Los Angeles Clippers, the Blazers found themselves back in another too-close-for-comfort scramble against a playoff opponent yet again missing most of its star power at crunch time.

The Sixers were without All-Star Ben Simmons, and then lost All-Star Joel Embiid to a foot injury early in the first half, and yet Philadelphia held a two possession lead with under six minutes left in the game. Lillard more than made up for his missed free throws on Saturday, scoring 15 of his 51 points in the final 5:30 to keep the ninth place Blazers in the playoff hunt.

Lillard and Anthony certainly had plenty to discuss as they left the court. A loss would have dropped the Blazers into tenth place in the West, behind the San Antonio Spurs and into a virtual tie with the hard-charging Phoenix Suns, who remain unbeaten at Disney World. 

“Definitely coming into tonight after yesterday I knew how important it was to win the game for one,” Lillard said. “So it wasn’t really so much my performance yesterday and I wanted to perform a certain way today. It was like, ‘We let one slip that we shoulda had yesterday and I’m a big part of why it got away from us.’ So tonight I was like, ‘That’s not going to happen.’”

In many ways this was a predictable offensive performance from Lillard. After an off night, he put up 51 and delivered down the stretch. He is talented enough that a scoring binge like that can feel expected and inevitable.

But the more troubling and probably equally predictable performance came from the Blazers defense that yet again allowed a team missing its top options to light up the scoreboard. The signs were there against Denver last Thursday when the Nuggets were missing 80 percent of their typical starting lineup and still managed to hang 115 points on the Blazers defense. Then on Saturday, the Clippers rested Kawhi Leonard and pulled Paul George at crunch time only to pull out a win behind Landry Shamet and Rodney McGruder.

The trend continued Sunday when Josh Richardson got loose for 32 points and hit 6-of-10 three-pointers. The Blazers have the third worst defensive rating among the teams 22 teams in Orlando, but the advanced stats don’t do justice to the obvious. The Blazers’ transition defense is sloppy, they too often get caught scrambling in rotations and give up open jumpers or simply don’t put up enough resistance as opponents get clean drives to the rim. This problem isn’t new and isn’t going to vanish in the remaining games in Orlando. This is more team identity than it is small sample size mishap. They were a bad defensive team before the season was put on hold, and even with a revamped frontline the defense is still a major weakness.

When Richardson’s final three-point attempt missed and the clock expired during the scramble for the rebound, the Blazers could exhale. Two more wins, regardless of quality or defensive execution, and they will likely find themselves in a play-in round, completely in control of their own destiny in their quest to land the final playoff spot in the West.

At this stage in the season, winning by any means is more important than inspiring confidence, but the Blazers flaws are too obvious to ignore. But perhaps Anthony summed it up best when he described his postgame chat with Lillard  “all great things I can tell you that.”

The Trail Blazers have been walking a tightrope in almost every game of the NBA restart, going down to the very end before the game was decided.

Damian Lillard, who has saved his team from a free fall with late heroics so many times, stepped up again after a rough game Saturday, when he missed two foul shots that would have put Portland in position to beat the Los Angeles Clippers.

But against the Philadelphia 76ers Sunday, Lillard racked up 51 points, seven assists, three rebounds and two steals as the Trail Blazers pulled out a tense 124-121 win. Philadelphia, like the Clippers Saturday, was playing without key parts of its attack.

Ben Simmons was lost to injury last week and Joel Embiid left the game after six minutes due to an ankle injury.

Portland led by 17 in the second quarter and nine at the half, but surrendered the lead in the fourth quarter, trailing by six with 4:23 to go.

But Lillard’s spectacular four-point play with 2:53 left vaulted the Trail Blazers into a lead they managed to hold until the end.

“I just remember looking up there (at the scoreboard) thinking, just keep the lead,” Lillard said. “Instead of playing from behind — that’s uncomfortable to be down two and don’t score, they could go up five. I just looked up there like, ‘OK, how let’s walk away from them now. Let’s close the game out and stop messing around with our season.’”

Lillard is the focus in every close game. He willingly carries that heavy burden on his shoulders and has since he was a youngster. He remembers the first time he felt that rush of having the game in his hands.

‘I was 14,” Lillard said. “I remember I was playing on my AAU team, the Rebels, and we were getting beat by about 20 in the first half. And we came all the way back.

“I started guarding their best player. I was stopping him, and I was just scoring over and over again. Then it came to the end of the game, I just hit a game winner. 

“I got that feeling. I love the feeling — ‘We have to score every time. We have to get a stop. We have to come up big.’

“It seemed like for the rest of the AAU tournaments after that, every time it came to the end of the game i just found myself enjoying the thrill of like, ‘We could lose right here,’ or ‘We could win.’

“I just loved that ride. I’m willing to risk it all. I’m willing to … If we lose, I  can deal with it — like I did yesterday, When we win, let’s do it again — I enjoy it.”

It’s rare people to find players who can carry that stress. Who can handle it. Winning is the easy part, but bouncing back after a bad outcome the way he did Sunday is special.  

“I enjoy those games, mentally,” Lillard said. “People start to break down, people have lapses. You get to that point where only a few people are going to be able to push through and sustain that same level of focus.

“I like to take advantage of that, because I know I’m going to be there the whole time. That’s the fun part of the game to be in. You’ve got to be mentally strong.”

Portland needed stops down the stretch and got them, but it wasn’t easy. The Blazers survived a three-point field goal attempt by Jason Richardson with 5.7 seconds left that would have tied it, thanks to physical defense by Carmelo Anthony.

Richardson had made six of his nine threes prior to that shot and led the 76ers with 34 points.

Portland meets Dallas Tuesday, then Brooklyn Thursday to close out the eight-game seeding schedule. Two wins would still give the Trail Blazers the No, 8 seed, if Memphis loses to Boston and Toronto.

Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said pregame he was preparing for Jusuf Nurkic to defend Joel Embiid for a good majority of Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers, if not the entire game.

But then, less than two minutes into the contest, Nurkic picked up two quick fouls and went to the bench. With Trail Blazers backup center Hassan Whiteside (left hip strain) out yet again, rookie Wenyen Gabriel saw early minutes.

The Sixers were without Ben Simmons (left knee; patella subluxation), Philly was ready to depend on Embiid’s playmaking and scoring; however, the 76ers center headed back to the locker room midway through the first quarter after he awkwardly fell against the stanchion. Embiid did not return to the game with what the team called a ‘left ankle injury.’  

Joel Embiid is in the locker room. Here is the most recent play where he went for a loose ball before the timeout. pic.twitter.com/ovZyMWQXvq

Philadelphia was clearly still trying to figure out life without Simmons and then they had to quickly figure out a game plan without Embiid. The Blazers held the Sixers to just 25.0 percent shooting in the first quarter as Portland took a 33-19 lead after the first 12 minutes of action.

Fortunately for the Blazers, Damian Lillard was on a scoring tear, which nobody was surprised by after Lillard said he was disappointed in himself for missing a pair of free throws in crunch time in Saturday’s loss to the Clippers. Lillard dropped 14 points in the first quarter.

Philadelphia chipped away at Portland’s lead thanks to its hot shooting from deep in the third quarter and Josh Richardson’s scoring and playmaking.

Portland waas up by as many as 17 points in the first half. Heading into the final period, the Trail Blazers were clinging to a one-point lead.

Richardson’s one mistake was fouling Lillard from behind the arc in the final three minutes, which led to Lillard completing a four-point play and ignited Lillard Time. The Blazers point guard finished with 51 points in the win. 

Here are three quick takeaways from Portland’s sixth seeding game from our NBC Sports NW team:

Dame to the rescue in a game the Trail Blazers could not afford to lose… Four-point play was turning point.

There are 22 teams in Orlando and Portland is the 21st ranked defense… makes it hard to get stops and hard to make a case for being a playoff team

And with Embiid out and Horford in foul trouble, Nurkic should have had more than five shots

Sunday’s game didn’t go according to plan for the Sixers with Joel Embiid playing just six minutes before leaving the game with a left ankle injury. That obviously opened up the game for the Blazers. It seemed like with Damian Lillard on a mission in attack mode early, the Blazers could run away with this one. But, Philly’s role players had other ideas (particularly Josh Richardson) as the 76ers outscored the Blazers by 10 in the third quarter. Plus, the Blazers three-point shooting wasn’t there today. BUT, we all knew that Lillard wasn’t going to quit on this one. Between Lillard and Carmelo Anthony’s heady play, Portland was able to squeak this one out. 

 The Blazers won. Let’s just start there. There was not a lot to feel good about but, the victory preserves their chances to make the playoffs. The defense just can’t stop anyone right now, which means they might need more nights where Damian Lillard scores 50-plus, regardless of who is on the court for the opponent.

Up Next: The Trail Blazers take the court Tuesday at 3:30p.m. when Portland squares off against the Dallas Mavericks. Catch all the action on NBC Sports Northwest and stream the game on the MyTeams app.

Also, be sure to check back throughout the rest of the night and tomorrow morning for analysis, articles, and videos from the players!

The 18-year, 10x All-Star has made quite the impact in the league and on Sunday, made his way up the All-Time NBA scoring list to No. 15, passing Paul Pierce and John Havlicek on the esteemed list.

[Listen to the Talkin’ Blazers Podcast with hosts NBA Champion Channing Frye and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon].

This season in Portland, Melo is averaging 15.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. 

Not bad for a guy who has been considered ‘washed up’ by so many… looking at you, Max Kellerman.

The Trail Blazers held a 67-58 lead over the Philadelphia 76ers at halftime down in the NBA bubble. In a must-win situation for Portland, Melo ended the first half recording 12 points, three rebounds and one steal. Following Portland’s 124-121 win, Melo got the game ball.

Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid left Sunday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers midway through the first quarter with what appeared to be a lower-body injury.

The Sixers announced late in the second quarter that Embiid will not return to Sunday’s game after suffering what the team is calling a left ankle injury.

It appeared that Embiid might’ve rolled his ankle after awkwardly hitting the basket stanchion. Once there was a stoppage in play, Embiid headed back to the locker room.

Joel Embiid will NOT return to tonight’s game (left ankle injury).Embiid went to the lockeroom midway through the first quarter. It appeared that his left foot awkwardly hit the stanchion, after defending Wenyen Gabriel at the rim. #Sixers

In Embiid’s limited time on the court, he scored two points to go along with four rebounds and one assist in six minutes of work.

Now the Blazers will look to take advantage of no Embiid down low. Portland leads Philadelphia 67-58 at halftime. Trail Blazers All-Star Damian Lillard leads all scorers at the break with 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting.

Blazers are going to have to face up to the challenge of another team’s second-stringers, it seems. If Embiid doesn’t come back, it’s a huge break, quire obviously. But Portland has to make it matter.

Check out all of the second half action on NBC Sports Northwest or on the MyTeams App!

Sunday afternoon, the Memphis Grizzlies fell to the Toronto Raptors 108-99, which now means the NBA restart will officially have a No. 8 and No. 9 play-in game to determine the final Western Conference playoff spot.

With the Trail Blazers still controlling their own destiny in securing a spot in the play-in games, Portland knows that the final three seeding games are ‘must-wins’ as the Blazers eye the eighth seed.  

Trail Blazers all-star point Damian Lillard discussed just that following Saturday’s loss to the Clippers.

In our huddle, in our locker room we saying let’s go win all three because we trying to get a chance at the eight spot. We trying to track down Memphis so that’s what we looking at and we also know that other teams are playing well. You don’t know who is going to be playing for some of the teams that they have to play, so we’ve got to have the mindset of just going out there to win all three.  — Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard

HERE ARE THE UPDATED WESTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS AFTER MEMPHIS LOSS, SAN ANTONIO WIN, AND NEW ORLEANS LOSS:

13. Sacramento (3.0 games behind) remaining schedule: Houston, New Orleans, Los Angeles Lakers (Eliminated from the eighth seed)

The Western Conference play-in games will be played Saturday at 11:30am (PT). Game 2 (if necessary) will be next Sunday at 1:30pm (PT).

Both play-in games will be nationally televised games. The first play-in game will be broadcasted live on ABC, while Sunday’s game if needed be live on ESPN.  

The Trail Blazers are 2.5 point favorites against the Philadelphia 76ers in Caesars Casino & Sportsbook after opening at Portland being favored by 3.5 points. 80% of bets are taking the Blazers to cover, per The Action Network.

Additionally, the over/under point total for the game is 229 points. Portland has averaged 123.2 points per game during the restart and Philadelphia has averaged 117 points per game. 

Damian Lillard, who missed two free-throws late against the Clippers that would have given Portland the lead, is listed at over/under 28.5 points in FanDuel. So far in the restart, he has averaged 29.4 points through five seeding games and scored 33 points against the Sixers earlier this season. 

Meanwhile, CJ McCollum has an over/under of 23.5 points after scoring only 16 points against Philadelphia earlier this season, Jusuf Nurkic has a threshold of 17.5 points and Carmelo Anthony has a 13.5 points over/under. 

The Sixers will be without All-Star Ben Simmons who will have surgery on his left knee. 

You can catch Sunday’s Blazers-Sixers game on NBC Sports Northwest, the Official Network of the Portland Trail Blazers with tip-off set for 3:30 p.m. Our coverage starts at 1:00 p.m. with ‘Blazers Game Day’ followed by ‘Blazers Warm-up’ at 2:30 p.m. and ‘Blazers Pregame’ at 3:00 p.m.

And, for full coverage of the game make sure to follow Dwight Jaynes, Jamie Hudson and our digital team throughout the day. Follow us on social for the latest updates. 

After a disappointing 122-117 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers Saturday, the Blazers still controlled their destiny to get into the NBA postseason. But, their chances of earning the eighth seed outright entering the play-in games had taken a hit.

Then, the Blazers took care of business against the Philadelphia 76ers 124-121 behind Damian Lillard’s 51 point performance. 

Here are the standings heading into Sunday.  UPDATED AFTER PORTLAND WIN, MEMPHIS LOSS, SAN ANTONIO WIN, AND NEW ORLEANS LOSS.

13. Sacramento (3.0 games behind) Remaining schedule: Houston, New Orleans, Los Angeles Lakers (Eliminated from the eighth seed)

Who you want to win: New Orleans. San Antonio is closer to Portland in the standings so giving them a loss is more important. San Antonio won 122-113.

The Kings need to win to keep their hopes for the ninth seed alive, however, a win by Portland also eliminates them. 

After entering the bubble 3.5 games behind the Grizzlies and facing the hardest seeding game schedule of the teams fighting for the eighth seed, the Blazers are now just a half-game behind Memphis.

Moving into the eight seed would be huge for the Blazers. Not only does it give you more separation from the ten seed and gives Portland a chance to play its way into the postseason, but it would make it so the Blazers only need to win one play-in game rather than two. 

But the team needs to just qualify for the play-in games for the postseason regardless. Damian Lillard wanted a path to get into the postseason and now the Blazers are on track to do just that.

The Blazers will now shift their attention to taking on the Dallas Mavericks at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 11 here on NBC Sports Northwest.

Or if you can’t get to a TV, stream the game on our website or by downloading the MyTeams app!

Hassan Whiteside (left hip strain) is out for today’s game vs. the LA Clippers, the team announced Sunday morning.

It’ll be the second consecutive game missed for the Blazers center who didn’t play in Saturday’s 122-117 loss against the Los Angeles Clippers. He was initially listed as doubtful before being ruled out. 

Whiteside is dealing with a left hip strain. The Blazers big man started feeling pain in his left hip during Thursday’s game against the Denver Nuggets. 

He started noticing it at the beginning of the game last night. I talked to him today, he really didn’t notice before the game but… early in his minutes last night it started bothering him. — Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts

Whiteside played just 13 minutes in Thursday’s contest, which is the fewest minutes he’s played since the league’s return to play. 

Whiteside has been adjusting to life coming off the bench for the Trail Blazers during the NBA restart now that Portland has a healthy Jusuf Nurkic back in the fold.

Through four games in the bubble, Whiteside has averaged 5.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks in 16 minutes per game.

This isn’t Whiteside’s first injury he has suffered since the restart either. The 7-footer missed the team’s first scrimmage with an Achilles strain.

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Blazers Podcast with hosts NBA Champion Channing Frye and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon].

You can catch Sunday’s Blazers-Sixers game on NBC Sports Northwest, the Official Network of the Portland Trail Blazers with tip-off set for 3:30pm. Our coverage starts at 1pm with ‘Blazers Game Day’ followed by ‘Blazers Warm-up’ at 2:30p.m. and ‘Blazers Pregame’ at 3:00pm.

And, for full coverage of the game make sure to follow Dwight Jaynes, Jamie Hudson and our digital team throughout the day. Follow us on social for the latest updates. 

Source: https://www.nbcsports.com/northwest/portland-trail-blazers/how-watch-stream-blazers-vs-sixers-coverage-begins-1pm

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