Portland Trail Blazers vs. Golden State Warriors: Game Preview, Time, TV Channel, How to Watch Free Live Stream Online
TUALATIN – Where do the Portland Trail Blazers go from here?
First, their playoff hopefuls were on life support and they looked poised to sink to the bottom of the Western Conference standings. Then, won four games in a row to regain 10th place. Now, after the All-Star break, the Blazers have closed center Jusuf Nurkic for at least four weeks with plantar fasciitis.
That means all five starters who started the season are now injured (Damian Lillard) or traded (CJ McCollum, Norman Powell and Robert Covington). In fact, the only remaining member of the team’s original nine-man rotation still in action is guard Anfernee Simons.
Simons and Nurkic steered the team in the right direction. But with Nurkic out, the Blazers winning a very large number of their next games seems unlikely.
Yes, a similar fate was expected for the Blazers after trading McCollum, Powell and Covington. The Blazers responded by showing that the substitutes were more than capable. But Nurkic has been one of the main reasons for the team’s recent success.
The Blazers added 6-foot-9 center Drew Eubanks, signed to a 10-day contract, to provide depth. He and Watford rookie Trendon will occupy the central position until Nurkic returns. If he comes back.
That combination could prove problematic against Golden State and Denver at home, then Phoenix and for two games in Minnesota before heading the team to Utah.
Despite the obvious alignment issues, Billups said the goal remains to win.
“I feel like we played amazing basketball on both ends of the court,” Billups said. “I think we play very fast. We play with a lot of heart and energy. And I want to continue like this. Like we as staff are trying to build an identity on how we play here, no matter who is on the pitch. We have to keep doing that. »
Billups said he hadn’t paid attention to the standings in a long time before watching them during the All-Star break. All he can do, he said, is train the players at his disposal and do his best to win games.
“I train every game to try to win the basketball game,” he said. “I knew I was going to have to learn a lot of things this year, my first year. I will never learn to lose a game. I just don’t believe it. I always try to learn how to win games. So that’s the only thing I could do was coach myself and hope for the best result.
The Warriors have been one of the best teams in the NBA this season, but entered the break having lost four of five games.
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS VS. GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
What: Trail Blazers (25-34) at Warriors (42-17), 7 p.m., Thursday.
Or: Moda Center.
Radio: Rip City Radio (KPOJ 620 AM).
TV channel: Root Sports (in Portland: Comcast 734/34; DirecTV 687).
How to watch a live stream online: You can watch the game live for FREE with Hulu + Live (free trial). You can also get this game on Sling TV (promo offers) if you’re out of free trials, or just prefer that platform and its pricing plans. You can also watch this match live on Watch TNT with your cable or satellite provider ID.
Money line: POR +317 | GSW-417
Spread: GSW-9.5 | More less : 223.5
Blazers: Keon Johnson (right ankle; sprain) is probable; Eric Bledsoe (left Achilles; tendinopathy), Joe Ingles (left knee; ACL surgery), Damien Lillard (central muscle recovery), Nassir Petit (left shoulder recovery), Didi Louzada (left knee recovery) and Jusuf Nurkic (left foot; plantar fasciitis) came out.
Warriors: Draymond Green (back) and Joe Wiseman (knee) are out.
The Blazers receive Denver (33-25) on Sunday then begin a four-game road trip Wednesday at Phoenix (48-10).
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