Report: Damian Lillard, Trailblazers working towards max extension

According to league sources, superstar point guard Damian Lillard and the Portland Trailblazers are working towards finilizing a maximum contract extension that would keep the 28-year-old in Portland for the next four years.

League sources informed Shams Charania of the Athletic early Sunday about the news regarding the star point guard. The potential contract extension could be worth around $196 million in exchange for four more years of the former ROTY award winner’s services.

During his time in Portland, Lillard has been tasked with becoming the face of the franchise and, paired with fellow teammate C.J. McCollum, has created one of the most dangerous backcourts in the powerful Western Conference. While there is not yet word on how long it will take the two sides to reach an agreement, Trailblazers’ fans can remain optimistic about keeping the star point guard in Portland for the foreseeable future.

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NBA Playoffs: Celtics shutdown Pacers, Blazers shock Thunder, and Bucks blast Pistons

In this particular article, we will be looking at the first three games that took place during Sunday’s round 1 action.

Celtics vs. Pacers

In the beginning of this game, the Pacers looked unstoppable and were seemingly primed and ready to upset the Boston Celtics in Game 1, that is, until the second half began. The Celtics went on an incredible second-half run, allowing the Pacers just eight points during the entire third quarter. The C’s newly-gained momentum helped the team push to the finish line and capture Game 1. Celtics’ players Irving and Morris were the stars of the game with the pair dropping 20 points each.

Final: Celtics 84, Pacers 74 – BOS leads series 1-0

Game MVP: Kyrie Irving

Trailblazers vs. Thunder

In the first game of a series in which many analysts believed the Thunder would easily take care of business, the Portland Trailblazers defeated the star-studded Oklahoma City Thunder, a team which features stars such as Paul George, Steven Adams, and Russell Westbrook. The matchup was a nail-bitter throughout, as both teams traded punch-for-punch on the defensive and offensive side of the ball. In the end, the Blazers talented backcourt, which features star guards Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, finished with 54 combined points and helped will the team to victory versus the lower-seeded Thunder. Trailblazers’ big-man Enes Kanter also had himself a good game, one in which the veteran dropped 20 points, grabbed 18 boards, and dished out two assists. On the flip side, the Thunder’s George and Westbrook both had good games, with the two dropping 26 and 24 respectively.

Final: Trailblazers 104, Thunder 99 – Blazers lead the series 1-0

Game MVP: Damian Lillard

Bucks vs. Pistons

In the second-to-last game of Sunday nights’ playoff action, the Milwaukee Bucks crushed the Pistons 121-86 at home. MVP-candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo continued his dominate reign over the Eastern Conference in Game 1 of their first-round series, a game in which the superstar dropped 24 points, grabbed 17 boards, and collected 4 assists. The Bucks where so incredibly dominant, in fact, that seven of the Bucks players ended the game with double-figure point totals. Pistons’ second-year guard Luke Kennard led the way in scoring for the team, dropping 21 points in the loss. Andre Drummond totaled 12 points, 12 rebounds, and 2 assists before being thrown out of the game after he committed a particularly hard foul on the Bucks’ Antetokounmpo. With the Bucks offense clicking on all cylinders, Antetokounmpo and his teammates cruised to a easy victory versus the Pistons in Game 1.

Final: Bucks 121, Pistons 86

Game MVP: Giannis Antetokounmpo

 

 

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After several days of tragedy, Jusuf Nurkic finally receives some good news

Several days after suffering one of the most gruesome injuries in recent basketball memory, veteran big-man Jusuf Nurkic finally received some good news from doctors on Tuesday.

 

Doctors officially informed the Portland Trailblazers and Nurkic that no nerve or muscle damage had been sustained during his horrific injury. The Bosnia-native also underwent a successful surgery on Tuesday to repair the compound fractures he suffered on his left leg. In a press statement, the team announced that Nurkic is out indefinitely and is expected to make a full recovery.

 

Before he suffered his season-ending injury, Nurkic was having a career year, averaging career-highs in almost every category. The 24-year-old 7-footer was averaging 15.6 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game during the 2018-2019 season. The team will likely need big-men like Zach Collins and Enes Kanter to step-up into Nurkic’s role and give the Trailblazers good production down low.

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Breaking: Nurkic suffers gruesome injury, likely done for the season

During the second overtime of the Portland Trailblazers’ 144-148 double-overtime win versus the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night, veteran big-man Jusuf Nukic suffered what appears to be a season ending leg injury.

Late Monday night, the Portland Trailblazers told reporters that Nurkic had suffered multiple compound fractures in his lower left leg. The Bosnian-native was jumping for a rebound when he landed awkwardly on several Nets’ players, which caused him to suffer the gruesome injury. Nurkic left the game on a stretcher with the help of several Blazers’ players and was transported to a local hospital.

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Reports: Portland actively involved in Kawhi trade deals

According to multiple reports, the Portland Trailblazers have expressed interest in San Antonio Spurs’ superstar Kawhi Leonard after a phone call between the two parties took place. A report written by Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN states that the Trailblazers enter their name on the list of teams that have contacted the Spurs via phone calls, joining teams like the Clippers, Nuggets, Suns, Raptors, and Wizards on that list.

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Kawhi has made his intentions clear with the Spurs: He would like to be traded to LA

While the phone call reportedly generated little to no promise, it does say something about the Trailblazers as an organization for reaching out to the Spurs. The Trailblazers haven’t had much success in the playoffs as of late, despite having solid regular seasons. In a universe where the Trailblazers are able to offer and receive Kawhi Leonard, the teams value and potential would skyrocket, not to mention the fact that a player like Kawhi would help them succeed in the playoffs. This outcome seems highly unlikely though, as the Blazers don’t seem to be willing to break up their young core and the offer didn’t seem to be to serious towards the Spurs.

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