UPDATE (7:00 a.m. PT): Trail Blazers digital reporter Casey Holdahl tweets that the Trail Blazers will fly to Seattle, stay over night, and attempt to bus down to Portland for their game against the Cavs. However, Cleveland beat reporter Jason Lloyd reports that the Cavs made it into Portland safely overnight.
Flying to Sea-Tac, staying the night, trying to fly/bus to Portland tomorrow at a time still TBD.— Casey Holdahl (@CHold) January 11, 2017
Update: The Cavs landed safely in Portland around 5:15 a.m. EST. The Blazers could be headed to Seattle. https://t.co/Khxznm04me— Jason Lloyd (@JasonLloydABJ) January 11, 2017
UPDATE (12:04 a.m. PT): According to Damian Lillard on Twitter, the Trail Blazers are expected to fly to Seattle and bus down to Portland. This likely signals that game will continue as scheduled, barring worsening conditions. We will continue monitoring the situation.
So there's a snow storm in Portland... The airport is closed,And they want us to fly anyway and if we have to ... Land in Seattle... And bus— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) January 11, 2017
Oringial story follows...
After completing games in Los Angeles and Salt Lake City, respectively, both teams were unable to get clearance to fly into Portland International Airport (PDX) late Tuesday night. An ongoing snow storm in the Portland area has played havoc for most departing and arriving flights, and threatens postponement for Wednesday’s Cavs/Blazers game.
Blazers play host to Cleveland on Wednesday night. As of 11 p.m., neither Blazers nor Cleveland (in Utah) have been cleared to fly to PDX— Jason Quick (@jwquick) January 11, 2017
However, PDX has not closed down. They announced that they are delaying flights while clearing the runways.
PDX is currently open, but expect delays while runways are plowed. Pls contact your airline for specific flt info B4 coming to the airport.— flypdx (@flypdx) January 11, 2017
The city of Portland is under a Winter Storm Warning until 1:00 pm Wednesday afternoon. If the airport is unable to clear the runways, the NBA may be forced to reschedule the game.
This would be the second Blazers game delayed in one week due to inclement conditions, after their Saturday match-up with the Detroit Pistons was delayed overnight due to an ice storm.
The Blazers are no strangers to postponed games. Their Jan. 26, 2015 tilt with the Brooklyn Nets was also postponed, due to an East Coast snow storm. It was eventually played on April 6, forcing the Blazers to travel cross-country in the middle of a late-season home stand.