The Portland Trail Blazers (0-0) play against the Phoenix Suns (0-0) at Footprint Center
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Game Time: 10:00 PM EDT on Monday October 16, 2023
Portland Trail Blazers 23, Phoenix Suns 29 (Q1 3:10)
What’s the buzz on Twitter?
Doup Reath’s ability to make the three with some regularity, something no other Portland big really does, might be what tilts the scales in favor of him getting aa contract, even if Moses Brown makes the team as well (as many assume he will). – 10:20 PM
Don’t think enough people realized Grayson Allen started 70 games for the best regular-season team in the NBA last year when talking about the DA trade. He’s pretty good! – 10:17 PM
There’s the running off a make again. Booker kicks it ahead at half-court to Allen with Beal in his corner. Camara has to defend a downhill drive and it’s an easy and-1 finish. – 10:15 PM
rookie Toumani Camara getting start for Blazers.
Part of Deandre Ayton trade.
“He’s been such a pleasant surprise for all of us. He’s just my type of guy man. He competes on every play. He’s tough, he’s aggressive.”
Blazers coach Chauncey Billups. #Suns
– 9:46 PM
Chauncey Billups on Toumani Camara: “He’s been such a pleasant surprise for all of us. He’s just my type of guy, man. He just competes on every play, he’s tough, he’s aggressive….He has confidence out there. I just love everything about Toumani, man.” – 9:41 PM
The center matchup everyone in the building was waiting with bated breath for tonight is now official in the starting lineups.
Drew Eubanks vs. Duop Reath – 9:33 PM
Toumani Camara is starting tonight for the Blazers.
No Deandre Ayton. Portland is resting most of its veterans to give an extended look to the guys trying to make the team. – 8:37 PM
Portland starters vs. Phoenix: Scoot, Shaedon, Toumani, Jabari and Duop. Ant, Malcolm, Matisse, Jerami, DA and Rob are all out. – 8:37 PM
Grayson Allen is getting the nod in the fifth starter spot tonight. Suns want to see that look.
Jusuf Nurkic is up for rest, as is Yuta Watanabe. No Eric Gordon, either.
Drew Eubanks will start at center. – 8:34 PM
Frank Vogel said the Suns will have decided on the 5th starting spot by opening night, joking he won’t tell us until then. He also reiterated that spot isn’t “static,” and that they may try different lineups for certain stretches of the season just to explore – 8:32 PM
Suns starters for tonight against the Blazers: Grayson Allen, Devin Booker, Bradley Beal, Kevin Durant and Drew Eubanks. Frank Vogel said Jusuf Nurkic and Yuta Watanabe are out resting tonight. Eric Gordon (hip tightness) is also out – 8:18 PM
ICYMI – @highkin and I had a great chat on @TheGardenReport, where we previewed Rob Williams embodying how this Blazers year will likely go.
‘Shoot a lot and try stuff’ youtube.com/live/_r128dkLv… – 7:30 PM
ESPN story on Orlando Magic top assistant Nate Tibbetts finalizing a deal to become the new head coach of the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury espn.com/wnba/story/_/i… – 7:24 PM
NBA futures betting is in full swing. OKC’s Mark Daigneault is the ’23-’24 COY favorite, but the Suns’ Frank Vogel & Bucks’ Adrian Griffin could win in Year 1 in their new gigs. Heat HC Erik Spoelstra has never won this honor. My latest for @sportingnews
sportingnews.com/us/betting/new… – 5:22 PM
Going live in about 10 minutes with @highkin. Join us for some #Celtics
discussion, along with a look back at the Holiday trade & talking Rob/Brogdon’s futures.
Watch here: youtube.com/watch?v=_r128d… – 4:48 PM