PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS AT LA CLIPPERS
Monday, October 3, 2022, 7:30 pm (Pacific)
Climate Pledge Arena, Seattle, Washington
ALL TIME: Trail Blazers lead, 148-87
PORTLAND HOME: Trail Blazers lead, 89-27
LA CLIPPERS HOME: Tied, 58-58
CURRENT WIN STREAK: Two (LA)
• Monday's game is the only matchup between the Trail Blazers and the Clippers during the 2022-23 preseason.
• Portland and the Clippers will play three times during the regular season with the first matchup coming in Portland on Nov. 29.
• The Trail Blazers last game in Seattle was a 84-97 loss to the SuperSonics on March 24, 2008. Portland's leading scorer was Martell Webster (22 points) while the SuperSonics were paced by Kevin Durant (23 points).
• The Clippers last faced an NBA opponent in Seattle on April 2, 2008, earning a 102-84 victory. Al Thornton led the Clippers with 21 points and 10 rebounds while Kevin Durant scored 30 points for Seattle.
• Trail Blazers forward Jerami Grant has scored 20-plus points in each of his last three games against the Clippers, including a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds at the Clippers for Detroit on Nov. 26, 2021.
• Damian Lillard scored 27 points (11-23 FG, 4-13 3-PT, 1-1 FT) to go with five rebounds and six assists in his last game against the Clippers on Nov. 9, 2021.
• Justise Winslow and Keon Johnson were acquired from the Clippers on Feb. 4 of this year as part of a trade that sent Norman Powell and Robert Covington to Los Angeles.
• Trail Blazers head coach Chauncey Billups was an assistant coach for the Clippers during the 2020-21 season. Portland assistant coach Roy Rogers was also a part of that Clippers coaching staff.
NEWS AND NOTES
LEADING THE WAY: The Trail Blazers head coach Chauncey Billups is in his second season with the team in 2022-23. Billups was hired as the 15th head coach in franchise history on June 27, 2021. His basketball pedigree includes five All-Star appearances, three All-NBA nods and the 2004 NBA Finals MVP award after leading the Detroit Pistons their third championship.
DAME TIME: Damian Lillard is set to return to the Trail Blazers lineup after missing the final 47 games of the 2021-22 season with a core injury. Lillard and LeBron James are the only two players in the NBA that have averaged at least 24.0 points and 5.0 assists in each of the last seven seasons.
CHASING HISTORY: Damian Lillard enters the 2022-23 season with 17,510 career points. He needs 531 points to pass Clyde Drexler and become the leading scorer in franchise history.
SHOOTING STAR: Anfernee Simons shot 40.5% from the three-point line in 2021-22 after shooting 42.6% from deep the season prior. Only 11 players in the league have shot over 40.0% from the three-point-line while making at least 275 three-pointers over the last two seasons. Simons, who is the second-youngest player on the list (Haliburton), ranks fifth in makes (299) and sixth in accuracy (41.3%).
BLAZERS IN THE BLOOD: The Trail Blazers acquired Jerami Grant from the Pistons in a July 6 trade. Grant returns to his birthplace of Portland where his father, Harvey Grant, played for two seasons from 1994-96.
FIERCE FOUR: Since entering the league in 2014, Jerami Grant has recorded 24 games with four or more blocked shots, which ranks sixth among all NBA forwards in that time span.
BOSNIAN BEAST: Jusuf Nurkic averaged a career-best 11.1 rebounds per game in 2021-22. He recorded 30 double-doubles over the course of the season, including a career-high seven straight from February 2-14. Nurkic was one of eight NBA players to average at least 15.0 points and 11.0 rebounds in 2021-22.
CHAMPIONSHIP PEDIGREE: The Trail Blazers signed guard Gary Payton II on July 6, adding a 2022 NBA Champion to the roster. Payton averaged career highs of 7.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals for the Warriors last season. He recorded three steals in both Game 5 and Game 6 of the 2022 NBA Finals.
VICTORY IN VEGAS: The Trail Blazers won the 2022 Las Vegas Summer League championship on July 17. Portland's 4-1 summer entry was led by Trail Blazers assistant coach Steve Hetzel and featured Greg Brown III, Keon Johnson, Shaedon Sharpe, Jabari Walker, Trendon Watford and Brandon Williams. Watford was named the MVP of the championship game, finishing with 19 points, seven rebounds, three steals and one assist.
Teams are not required to release injury information during preseason play.
Monday’s game will air on Rip City Radio 620AM, with Travis Demers and Michael Holton calling the action. There is no television broadcast.