Game One Preview

Updated: Apr 15, 2019

USA TODAY Sports - Jaime Valdez

As we all know by now, it’s playoff time in Rip City. Today’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder is the Trail Blazers first chance to rise above and get their first win of what is considered to be a dog fight of a series. There are some key things to pay attention to going into today’s game and further as this series plays out. Of course, we all heard about Nurkic’s injury, Nurk does so much for this elite Portland offense. But without him, Portland’s offense has remained strong throughout the remainder of the season. Conversely, the Oklahoma City Thunder have one of, if not the best defense in the league; this is in large part thanks to Paul George who is considered “questionable” for game one according to Trail Blazers beat reporter Casey Holdahl. A day earlier though ESPN writer Royce Young, who covers the Thunder reported George as “day-to-day”. George told Young, “It's playoff time, so it's more than this, it's about being out there with my guys”. It’s safe to expect George to at least attempt to play. Game time is scheduled for 12:30 pacific time. If you’re in the Portland area for any one of these upcoming playoff games and looking for a place to watch the Blazer games with other Rip City diehards follow Blazer Gang on any social media site. You can also sign up for their mailing letter subscription on their website for all the latest news from the official Blazer fan experience through Blazer Gang. We will be hosting a private playoff watch party with our friends at Spirit of 77 bar during the first two home games of the series. To attend simply come during the game and tell them you’re with Blazer Gang.

Game three and four we will also be hosting watch parties at The Alberta Abbey. Both events at Alberta Abbey will have food catered from Flamin Hibachi and are free to attend. They will take place over the entire duration of the game. Come and cheer on the Blazers with some other Rip Citizens, have a chance to get some free Blazer Gang merchandise and show your Trail Blazers that you ride with them whether you’re at Moda Center or not!

-Brody Voge

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