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Portland Trail Blazers Add Maccabi Haifa to Pre-Season Schedule

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The Portland Trail Blazers add international flavor to their pre-season schedule, welcoming Israel's Israeli club Maccabi Haifa BC to the Moda Center in October.

Steve Dykes

The Portland Trail Blazers have announced that Israeli team Maccabi Haifa will visit the Moda Center for a pre-season tilt on October 17th.

The text of the press release:

PORTLAND, Ore. (Aug. 18, 2014) - The Portland Trail Blazers will host Israeli team Maccabi Haifa on Friday, Oct. 17 to round out Portland's seven-game preseason schedule, it was announced today by the two teams.

The game will tip-off at 7 p.m. (Pacific), and is one of three preseason home games at the Moda Center. The Trail Blazers will also play Utah (Oct. 7) and the Los Angeles Clippers (Oct. 12).

The 2012-13 Israeli Basketball Super League champions, Maccabi Haifa was the runner-up to Maccabi Tel Aviv last season. Maccabi Haifa made it to the Last 32 round of Eurocup 2014.

Maccabi Haifa will also play the Wizards on Oct. 15, the Kings on Oct. 18, and Raptors on Oct. 22 as part of a four-game North American tour.

Maccabi Haifa's October tour will mark the fourth time in five years the team will travel to North America to play against NBA competition. In three trips to the U.S., Maccabi Haifa has faced six NBA opponents (Nets, Warriors, Timberwolves, Suns, Pistons, Grizzlies). At the conclusion of the North American tour, Maccabi Haifa will rank second all-time among international basketball teams in games played (10) against NBA opponents.

--Dave blazersub@gmail.com / @DaveDeckard