Due to the extreme temperatures that have settled in across the region, the Trail Blazers’ travel plans out of Oklahoma City were altered on Tuesday. The Blazers’ scheduled flight out of OKC on Tuesday was cancelled, forcing the team to scramble for an alternative plan on Wednesday.
According to Trail Blazers digital reporter Casey Holdahl, the team will fly out of OKC Wednesday afternoon and travel directly from the airport to the arena to face the Pelicans.
Now, the Trail Blazers are scheduled to fly out of Oklahoma City bound for New Orleans, with their arrival time estimated to be less than four hours prior to the 8 p.m. local time tipoff. Rather than going to the team hotel, they’ll bus straight to the Smoothie King Center and begin their pregame preparations as they look to extend their season-best winning streak to six games.
Holdahl’s report also highlighted how the Blazers’ initial flight hit a snag.
Despite being scheduled to play Wednesday night in New Orleans, as of Wednesday afternoon, the Trail Blazers were still in Oklahoma City. Typically, teams fly out right after games, and that’s especially true in between back-to-backs, but the Trail Blazers’ flight out of Will Rogers Airport was cancelled before tipoff of their 115-104 victory Tuesday night versus the Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena, apparently due to a lack of deicer.
The Blazers enter tonight’s back-to-back contest on a five-game winning streak. On Tuesday, Damian Lillard’s 31-point outburst pushed Portland past OKC in a contest that came down to the final minute.
You can read the full report from Holdahl by clicking here.