The Portland Trail Blazers entered the NBA’s Disney World bubble as the ninth seed and with a chance at making the NBA Playoffs, which they took full advantage of. Portland won seven of their nine regular-season seeding games, including four straight to clinch the eighth seed and a matchup with the Memphis Grizzlies for a spot in the playoffs. The Blazers dispatched Memphis to earn a date with the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round.
While Portland took Game 1, Los Angeles woke up in the games following, winning the next four matchups to send the Blazers home. Down 3-1 in the series, Portland guard CJ McCollum faced a pressing dilemma: “Should I pack now?”
“Y’all wasn’t in the bubble, but when you be in the bubble, and you get down [in the series] and start looking at your clothes like, ‘Should I pack now?’ You be thinking about it. That’s why I tweeted it. I was in the room and we was down 3-1, and I’m looking at my bag like, ‘Nah, I ain’t going to pack yet, but I’m going to fold the clothes and get ‘em ready just in case.’”
McCollum hilariously explains that this tweet, which he sent after roasting the Clippers following their Game 7 loss, was rooted in personal experience:
I wonder if they packed before the game— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) September 16, 2020
You can watch McCollum joke about his packing decisions in the clip below: