Phoenix Suns vs. Portland Trail Blazers


Phoenix Suns (1-1) take on Portland Trail Blazers (1-1) at Moda Center

Game Time: 10:00 p.m. EDT Saturday, October 23, 2021

Phoenix Suns 0, Portland Trail Blazers 0 (1st Quarter)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Duane Rankin @Duane Rankin
Paul pulls it inside Ayton for a dunk. #Suns down 16-15. – 10:22 p.m.

Duane Rankin @Duane Rankin
Bridges has two versions of 3.
One is a set shooting type.
The other is a quick flick of the wrist.
Just hit the latter.
#Suns down 16-13. – 10:21 p.m.

Duane Rankin @Duane Rankin
I have Lillard guarding Crowder.
#Suns down 14-10 as Covington hits 3. – 10:21 p.m.

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Hope Jusuf Nurkic is okay, just took a punch in the face from Devin Booker – 10:18 p.m.

Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
Ouch. Nurkic hit the back of his head on the floor. – 10:18 p.m.

Sean Highkin @highkin
Nurkic was down for a while after being knocked down by Booker. It felt like the back of his head had hit the ground. Walk slowly. I wouldn’t be surprised if they put him on concussion protocol. – 10:17 p.m.

Duane Rankin @Duane Rankin
Ayton placed two screens in a three-way match with Paul and Booker which led to Booker open jumper.
Booker connects.
#Suns down 9-8 in 1st.
Booker now hears it from the crowd as they show the replay of his follow up that took Nurkic in the face.
He was down for a minute. – 10:17 p.m.

Duane Rankin @Duane Rankin
Crowder 0 for 2 from 3.
#Suns down 7-6. – 10:15 p.m.

Duane Rankin @Duane Rankin
Booker Stepback Sweater.
Kick Booker by Covington for the lay-up.
Powell responds.
Ayton responds.
#Suns up to 6-5 – 10:14 p.m.

Duane Rankin @Duane Rankin
Lillard reunites with McCollum for 3. #Suns led 3-0 – 10:12 p.m.

Duane Rankin @Duane Rankin
Chris Paul walks over and gives Chauncey Billups a hug before the tip. #Suns #RipCity. – 10:11 p.m.

Sean Highkin @highkin
Damian Lillard introduced in player intros as “a member of the NBA’s All-Time Top 75 Team”. Huge applause. – 10:09 p.m.

Duane Rankin @Duane Rankin
Wondering how guys prepare for games?
Watch JaVale McGee do a stretch I don’t try in my dreams. #Suns p.m.

Casey Holdahl @Maintain
New colors for @Damien Lillardit is @adidas Originals Queen 7 EXT PLY against Suns p.m.

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Devin Booker is averaging 31.4 PPG over 8 games in Portland. At least 29 points in six of them. – 10:00 p.m.

Mike Richman @mikegrich
Important pre-game update for the Blazers Suns. Ben McLemore enthusiastically sang Still Fly by Big Tymers during warm-ups – 9:52 p.m.

Duane Rankin @Duane Rankin
Remember 3 Jae Crowder hitting late at #Lakers to basically put the game away?
We’ll see if this is the start of a hot streak for him.
He’s a streaky shooter anyway. I went 0 for 5 from 3 in the opener being the last example. p.m.

Dave McMenamin @mcten
New story: The Lakers came together to sift through the wreckage of the Suns’ loss in what Frank Vogel called a “very wholesome” movie session on Saturday – 9:16 p.m.

Duane Rankin @Duane Rankin
#Suns in #RipCity.
Thoughts? p.m.

Duane Rankin @Duane Rankin
“In the 2nd half, we noticed that it was a little more than he was leading. He wanted to play. I think it got a bit worse after the game.
Monty Williams on Cameron Payne (right hamstring strain). Out against #Blazers. The #Suns have 3 days between tonight and the next game on Wednesday. against kings. p.m.

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Monty Williams says the Suns aren’t worried about going to that all-booked roster we’ve seen for 12 total minutes in 2 games so far. They usually stagger some starters, but he’s confident an all bench group with vets can hold him back sometimes. – 8:49 p.m.

Duane Rankin @Duane Rankin
Monty Williams said he noticed Cameron Payne was in pain in the first half because Payne didn’t let people know how bad it was.
Payne tonight with a strained right hamstring.
Looking at Elfrid Payton to fill that void, saying Payton defends and brings them in on their offense. #Suns8:47 p.m.

Duane Rankin @Duane Rankin
Chauncey Billups said they aren’t carrying over anything from the preseason game in Phoenix that the Blazers lost, 119-74, or from the preseason period.
“Just keep quibbling.”
Billups said he thought about how Monty Williams got into 1st grade with #Suns in the way he approaches this 1st season. – 8:23 p.m.

Casey Holdahl @Maintain
The “Rose City” colorway of @CJ McCollum Signature @LiNingHoops, the CJ1 p.m.

Greg Brown @gb3elite
Game day!!! – 8:10 p.m.

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Suns’ blowout win over Lakers proves defenses need to start heeding Mikal Bridges – via @PHNX_Suns p.m.

Duane Rankin @Duane Rankin
“The 50th is an incredible list. Lots of history. Many records are held by these young men. So it’s an honor to be on this list. They had to expand it so I’m glad they expanded it and found room for me.
#Mavs coach Jason Kidd has been named to the #NBA75 team. #Suns p.m.

Duane Rankin @Duane Rankin
Update #Suns injury report at Blazers.
Cameron Payne OUT (right hamstring strain).
Landry Shamet LIKELY (right foot pain). – 6:02 p.m.

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Cam Payne is listed as missing from the injury report for tonight’s Suns game against the Blazers with right hamstring strain. – 5:45 p.m.

Mike Trudel @LakersReporter
Frank Vogel said the team had a productive cinema session and practiced today as they continued to try to iron out defensive blankets. Details really matter there, and they have seen that the margin of error is much lower compared to GSW and PHX.
“Today was a big day of growth for us.” – 5:22 p.m.

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Cam Payne is listed as an out for tonight’s game against the Blazers with a strained right hamstring. Landry Shamet is listed as probable with right foot pain – 5:15 p.m.

Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
Russ speaking to the media after practice this afternoon…
-Said Suns & Warriors have a lot of continuity with their rosters… For the Lakers, everyone is new, they are going to need time
-Added that everyone moved on from yesterday’s AD & Dwight situation
@ESPNLosAngeles5:13 p.m.

David Locke @DLocke09
Two seasons ago in Portland of the 100 most common bigs put in the pick and roll Hassan Whiteside ranked 44th out of 100 defensively. If he can do that with the Utah Jazz, that would be a big improvement. – 4:31 p.m.

Duane Rankin @Duane Rankin
“I hope not. I hope not. Holy fumes. We’ve had a few coaches upvote this and I’m just like, ‘What are you guys talking about?’
Phoenix #Suns coach Monty Williams frowns on coaches wearing suits to games again via @azcentral p.m.

Duane Rankin @Duane Rankin
Recent articles on the #Suns:
Robert Sarver “shocked” by allegations of racism and sexism
Chris Paul #NBA75 Honored, Makes 20K/10K History
Suns respond to Sarver allegations, top #Lakers
5 takeaways p.m.

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