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Gameday Thread: Blazers at Suns

Early game! Portland and Phoenix make room for the WNBA Finals with an 2:00pm preseason tilt.

Golden State Warriors v Portland Trail Blazers Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

Welcome to the 2021-22 NBA Season. Let’s get to the specifics.

Tip-off: 2:00 pm
Network: Root Sports Northwest

The Blazers have a long injury list after two weeks of training camp and apparently a few two-a-days. Here’s the injury list. per the Blazers’ Casey Holdahl:

Injury report for Wednesday’s game in Phoenix has Lillard available, McCollum/Powell/McLemore probable, Simons (thumb) questionable and Little (hamstring)/Snell (foot)/Zeller (nose) out.

Let’s keep the gameday rules simple: Please be awesome and respectful to each other, and despite the change in the broadcasting situation, please do not ask for alternative viewing options.

Enjoy the game! And since this game is being moved for the WNBA Finals, Lindsay stopped by to recap what’s happening there, in case you’d like to catch up and tune in:

The WNBA Finals are scheduled for 6:00 PM PT on ESPN, shortly after this game concludes. Tune in to see GOAT vs. GOAT (aka Candace Parker versus Diana Taurasi) as the Phoenix Mercury host the Chicago Sky for Game Two. The Sky took Game One 91-77 behind a strong showing from Courtney Vandersloot and Allie Quigley (also known as the Vanderquigs). Vandersloot made history, becoming the first player in the WNBA Finals to notch at least 10 points, 10 assists, five rebounds, and zero turnovers. Kahleah Copper of the Sky had a breakout game, leading Chicago with 21 points.

Although the Mercury could have made excuses for their performance on Sunday as Taurasi welcomed her second child with wife Penny Taylor at 4am Saturday morning, the real culprit may be that the Mercury got no practice time ahead of the matchup due to travel constraints. Taurasi acknowledged that she struggled in Game One, but she refused to cite fatigue as a reason, scoring 17 points and snagging three boards. Brittney Griner contributed 20 points, six rebounds, and 3 assists. Phoenix expects the injured Sophie Cunningham (calf strain) to return in this matchup, which should help the depleted Mercury. - L. Hostetler