Trail Blazers Open Up Their Home Regular Season Schedule Against the Phoenix Suns

SERIES HISTORY

ALL TIMES: Suns Lead, 128-109

PORTLAND HOUSE: Trail Blazers lead, 73-45

PHOENIX HOUSE: Suns Lead, 83-36

SERIES NOTES

• Portland will face Phoenix three times during the regular season, with the first meeting taking place in Portland on October 21. The Trail Blazers travel to the Valley of the Sun for the first time this season to begin back-to-back duels Nov. 4

LAST SEASON: The Trail Blazers lost the 2021-22 season series to the Suns 3-1.

• In 35 career games against the Suns, Damien Lillard has scored over 30 points 10 times.

Jerami Grant averaged 28.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.00 steals and 1.00 blocks in three games against Phoenix last season.

NEWS AND NOTES

THE SHARPER IMAGE: Trail Blazers rookie Shaedon Sharpe had 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting, including 3-of-3 from long range. Sharpe became the first Blazer to score double digits in his NBA debut since Jake Layman, 17, in 2016. He is also the third Blazer in history to have three or more 3-FGs in his NBA debuts.

Mostly at 3:00 p.m. from a blazer at the NBA debut:

5……J. Layman (11/1/16 vs. GSW)

3……rows Fernandez (10/28/08 vs. LAL)

3……p. Sharpe (10/19/22 vs. SAC)

LEADING THE WAY: Trail Blazers head coach Chauncey Billups is in his second season with the team in 2022-23. Billups was hired on June 27, 2021 as the 15th head coach in franchise history. His basketball pedigree includes five All-Star appearances, three All-NBA nominations, and the 2004 NBA Finals MVP award after leading the Detroit Pistons to their third championship.

A LITTLE HART: Among all NBA players 6’7″ and under, Josh Hart fifth in rebounds per game (7.2) during the 2021-22 season. Nassir Little 10th place (5.6).

AGAIN 17: Trail Blazers rookie guard Shaedon Sharpe had 27 points (10-13 FG, 1-4 3-PT, 6-6 FT) with two rebounds, one assist, three steals and two blocks against Maccabi Ra’anana Der on Oct. 6 The last player as young as Sharpe (19 years, 129 days on October 6) to score more than 27 points in a preseason game was Zion Williamson (19 years, 95 days), who finished with 29 points against Chicago on October 9 , 2019.

CHAMPIONSHIP pedigree: The guard signed by the Trail Blazers Gary Payton II on July 6, adding a 2022 NBA champion to the list. Payton averaged career bests 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.

INJURY REPORT

Gary Payton II (return to competitive overhaul), Trendon Watford (right hip), Oliver Sarr (right wrist) are for Portland’s Oct. 21 game against Phoenix AUS.

As for the suns Jae Crowder (not with team) and Landry Shamet (left hip) are out for Friday’s competition.

TRANSMISSION INFORMATION

All Portland Trail Blazers regular-season and pre-season games are broadcast on the Trail Blazers’ flagship broadcasting station, Rip City Radio 620 AM. Travis Demers begins its fourth full season of play-by-play commentary for all home and away games Michael Holton Add comment. On television, ROOT SPORTS PLUS will be showing 81 regular season games of the Trail Blazers Kevin Calabro call play-by-play, Lamar Hurd Providing analytics and Brooke Olzendam Reporting from the sidelines. All 82 regular-season games will be televised between ROOT SPORTS PLUS, TNT and ESPN. For all viewing options, visit www.trailblazers.com/watch.

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