Change was the name of the fame for the Trail Blazers in 2021— a new coach, a new general manager and now new sidekicks for Damian Lillard who underwent season-ending core muscle surgery back in January.
Luka Doncic had 39 points, 11 rebounds and his 16th technical foul of the season for the Dallas Mavericks, who will open the playoffs at home for the first time since 2011 after their 128-78 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night.
Devin Vassell had 22 points, Keldon Johnson added 21 points and the San Antonio Spurs maintained their hold on 10th place in the Western Conference by defeating the Portland Trail Blazers 130-111 on Friday night.
Karl-Anthony Towns had 36 points and 15 rebounds, and the Minnesota Timberwolves used a late run to hold off the short-handed Portland Trail Blazers 135-121 Saturday night for their fourth straight win.
Jusuf Nurkic had 32 points and eight rebounds, Anfernee Simons added 31 points and six assists and the Portland Trail Blazers overcame Ja Morant’s 44-point performance, beating the Memphis Grizzlies 123-119 on Wednesday night.
A healthy-sized crowd packed the Moda Center Tuesday as the Trail Blazers beat the Phoenix Suns, proving thousands of people aren’t concerned about COVID-19 enough to stay home and watch the game from the couch.
The Blazers are dealing Nickeil Walker-Alexander to the Utah Jazz in exchange for Joe Ingles, Elijah Hughes and a second-round pick. The three-way deal between Portland, Utah and San Antonio also sends Tomas Satoransky to the Spurs.
CJ McCollum had 19 points and 10 rebounds, Jusuf Nurkic had 11 points and 11 rebounds for his fifth straight double-double, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Toronto Raptors 114-105 on Sunday night.