Thunder vs. Blazers: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

The Oklahoma City Thunder (16-34) play against the Portland Trail Blazers (31-31) at Moda Center

Game Time: 10:00 PM EST on Friday February 4, 2022

Oklahoma City Thunder 0, Portland Trail Blazers 0 (10:00 pm ET)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
Rose City Ready 🌹
Presented by @EnergyTransfer PM

David MacKay @DavidMacKayNBA
I’m seeing a lot of people saying Portland was had, and I’m seeing a lot of people saying Portland absolutely needed to get under the tax. The two aren’t mutually exclusive. Good on Cronin for making a prudent money move, but FFS the return was dismal. – 10:02 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
The Celtics still have 8 games left against:
Magic (1)
Pistons (3)
Thunder (1)
Kings (1)
Pacers (2) – 10:00 PM

Jay Allen @PDXjay
Chauncey Billups tells #BlazersTV that Larry Nance Jr. (right knee inflammation) had a “little setback” this morning and will be re-evaluated. Nance has missed 16 straight games with that injury. #Blazers10:00 PM

Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
Starting 🖐️
1⃣ @Anfernee Simons
3⃣ @CJ McCollum
1⃣6⃣ @CJ Elleby
1⃣7⃣ @Tony Snell
2⃣7⃣ @Jusuf Nurkic
#RipCity | @stormxio PM

Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Matt Pinto is out tonight (non-COVID illness), so Nick Gallo is stepping in as the play-by-play man alongside Michael Cage.
Shoutout to the Thunder broadcast team, which has done a nice job adjusting.
A reminder that Chris Fisher will be back on the broadcast tomorrow. – 9:59 PM

Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
CJ Elleby and Tony Snell are starting for Portland in place of the just-traded Norman Powell and Robert Covington. – 9:48 PM

Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
🏀 #RipCity vs @Oklahoma City Thunder
⌚️ 7:00PM
📻 @RipCityRadio620 PM

Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
🔳🌹🔲 PM

Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Mark Daigneault calls Aaron Wiggins injury “not a day to day thing” – 8:52 PM

Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Mark Daigneault’s starters vs Portland Josh Giddey
Tre Mann
Lu Dort
Darius Bazley
Mamadi Diakite – 8:50 PM

Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Thunder starters at Portland:
– Giddey
– Mann
– Dort
– Bazley
– Diakite – 8:49 PM

Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Daigneault said Aaron Wiggins’ ankle sprain isn’t a day-to-day thing. – 8:46 PM

Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
survival of the fittest PM

Ben Golliver @BenGolliver
Blazers Interim GM Joe Cronin explains his decision to trade Norman Powell & Robert Covington to Clippers: “Cap flexibility. The opportunity to clean our books up a little and just create more opportunities for this coming week and beyond, through the draft and free agency.” PM

Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Mark Daigneault said Jeremiah Robinson-Earl felt an “alarming amount of pain” during his warmup in Dallas.
That led to the fracture in his foot being revealed. – 8:43 PM

Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Bucks’ first injury report for Saturday’s game here in Portland against the Trail Blazers:
OUT: George Hill (neck soreness), Brook Lopez (back surgery) – 8:36 PM

Jamie Hudson @JamieHudson_
Always great catching up with @CJ McCollum. Hear from him ahead of tonight’s Blazers vs. Thunder game on @ROOTSPORTS_NW 🙌 Pregame show starts at 6:30. See you then! PM

Jason Anderson @JandersonSacBee
The Kings are listing De’Aaron Fox (ankle) and Marvin Bagley III (ankle) as questionable for Saturday’s game against the Thunder. – 8:31 PM

Detroit Pistons PR @Pistons_PR
Saddiq Bey became the 5th-fastest player in NBA history to reach 300 career 3FGM tonight vs. BOS, reaching the milestone in 122 games. Only D. Robinson (95 games), A. Edwards (112), L. Doncic (117) and D. Lillard (117) have made 300 3FG faster. #Pistons
(via @Basketball-Reference) – 8:29 PM

Jay Allen @PDXjay
Coach Billups says he’ll start Anfernee Simons, CJ McCollum, CJ Elleby, Tony Snell, and Jusuf Nurkic tonight against the Thunder. #Blazers #RipCity8:24 PM

Sean Highkin @highkin
Chauncey Billups expects that all three players in the trade will play for the Blazers. Obviously still 6 days until the deadline so someone could be flipped but no buyout is expected. – 8:22 PM

Jay Allen @PDXjay
Chauncey Billups says his understanding is that the three players acquired today from the Clippers will be playing for the Blazers this season. – 8:21 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Portland might need to play some funky lineups tonight. They won’t have any of the guys they just traded for today and they’re still without four players (Lillard, Little, Nance and Zeller) due to injuries. – 8:15 PM

Evan Dunlap @BQRMagic
New at Lit and Basketball: Dame and CJ x Rachel Cusk…7:59 PM

Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
Help us welcome @Eric Bledsoe , @Justise Winslow & @Keon Johnson to #RipCity ❤️ 🖤 PM

Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
A low-key large game tonight in Portland PM

James Boyd @RomeovilleKid
Reggie Perry with a pull up jumper. He’s been with the #Pacers for like two seconds. – 7:36 PM

James Boyd @RomeovilleKid
Reggie Perry checks in. #Pacers. – 7:30 PM

Tony East @TEastNBA
Reggie Perry checking in for his debut with the Pacers. Much needed backup center tonight. – 7:29 PM

JD Shaw @JShawNBA
The Clippers and Blazers trade involving Norman Powell, Robert Covington, Eric Bledsoe, Justise Winslow, Keon Johnson and a 2025 second-round pick is official. – 7:25 PM

Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42
Understanding the Clippers/Portland trade from both sides.
Remember (Portland fans) that there’s always a part 2 and 3 to a deal.…7:12 PM

James Plowright @British_Buzz
Silver lining of the Portland trade today for Charlotte, they got a lot worse and the Pelicans still have a chance to make the play in and if they win could make the playoffs and send their 22 1st round pick to Charlotte – 7:07 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
There aren’t a lot of immediate silver linings for the Blazers trade today, but I wouldn’t be shocked if Keon Johnson turns into a pretty good player. Portland historically does a good job developing guards. Johnson gives them a cost control prospect to work with for a few years. – 7:04 PM

Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Josh Giddey’s teammates for the rising stars:
Cole Anthony
MarJon Beauchamp
Josh Giddey
Jalen Green
Herbert Jones
Tyrese Maxey
Jalen Suggs# – 7:03 PM

Norman Powell @npowell2404
Excited to be coming home to Cali. Let’s get it @Los Angeles Clippers #UnderstandTheGrind PM

Norman Powell @npowell2404
Thank you to the @Portland Trail Blazers organization for everything. Appreciate the staff, my teammates, and of course, the fans. Will always remember my time in 🌹 City – 6:57 PM

Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
Josh Giddey was drafted to @James Worthy‘s Rising Stars squad!
@Josh Giddey | #NBAAllStar PM

Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
Best of luck in LA, @Norman Powell ❤️ PM

Tony East @TEastNBA
Reggie Perry in the door for the Pacers for the next 10 days. What you need to know about the signing:…6:48 PM

Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Josh Giddey goes #5 in the Rising Stars draft made up of the best players of the 2020 + 2021 drafts.
Giddey was the 2nd rookie picked after Evan Mobley.
Giddey is teammates with the two Jalens OKC fans wanted, Green & Suggs. (Though most wouldn’t trade Josh for them now). – 6:46 PM

Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Clippers announce the acquisition of Norman Powell and Robert Covington from Portland for Eric Bledsoe, Keon Johnson, Justine Winslow . – 6:42 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Clippers and Trail Blazers make trade official. Lawrence Frank had some things to say. PM

Howard Beck @HowardBeck
Clippers make Powell/Covington deal official. Phenomenal deal for them. PM

Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
Thank you, @Robert Covington ❤️ PM

Jamie Hudson @JamieHudson_
Blazers officially announce—
The team has acquired guards Eric Bledsoe & Keon Johnson & forward Justise Winslow from theClippers in exchange for Norman Powell & Robert Covington. Portland also received Detroit’s 2025 second-round pick from the Clippers – 6:32 PM

Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Clippers and Portland trade is now official, with LAC announcing it. – 6:31 PM

Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
We have acquired Eric Bledsoe, Keon Johnson & Justise Winslow from the LA Clippers.
Welcome to #RipCity!
🔗: PM

Ralph Lawler @Ohmeomy
Love the Clipper trade with Portland. Simply Love it! – 6:26 PM

Tas Melas @TasMelas
I think the Blazers trade extended Damian Lillard’s rehab a few months. Dame a couple weeks ago: PM

Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
Also will say on the Blazers deal: not sure it says anything about the team rebuilding. Think moving Powell/Covington is more about two things.
1. Simons’ emergence forced their hand a bit to move one of CJ/Powell to open up PT.
2. Covington is on an expiring deal, anyway. – 6:08 PM

Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
Another aspect to moving Powell is that Nassir Little should be starting at the 3 just to get more size on the court. Depending on other moves, Dame, CJ, Nas would the starting PG/G/SF trio with Ant getting 30 minutes off the bench. However, future moves could alter that. – 6:08 PM

Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
New Portland man quickly supporting city’s team. PM

Bill Simmons @BillSimmons
Me + @Kevin O’Connor are hopping on Green Room to talk Harden, Portland, trades and more
Come join ‘Could James Harden for Ben Simmons Really Happen?’ on Greenroom! PM

Brian Geltzeiler @BGeltzNBA
Here’s how you know the Clippers did well today. If we played the old “who says no” game to today’s trade, the Blazers would be saying no. They gave up two first for Covington and a stud in Gary Trent for Powell. Getting cap fodder and a 2025 2nd for those two is a failure – 5:41 PM

NBA Math @NBA_Math
🗣NEW @HardwoodKnocks
10 Questions Ahead of 2022 NBA Trade Deadline
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Scott Agness @ScottAgness
Goga Bitadze is out tonight vs Bulls. Oshae Brissett will be available.
On newcomer Reggie Perry, coach Rick Carlisle said “He’s a good-looking prospect … with quite the resume.” Perry arrived from Toronto last night. – 5:27 PM

Tony East @TEastNBA
“He will be in uniform and likely get some minutes tonight,” Rick Carlisle says of Pacers newcomer Reggie Perry. Pacers will need him in the frontcourt. – 5:27 PM

David Hardisty @clutchfans
The Thunder own the Clippers draft picks. The Rockets own the Nets draft picks.
Today has been a good day. – 5:17 PM

Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
Per reports, the LA Clippers are acquiring Norman Powell and Robert Covington from the Portland Trail Blazers.
@adaniels33 tells @Rick Kamla this could open the door back up to trade Damian Lillard #RipCity PM

Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
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Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
About to get into the lab, but while Norman Powell’s shooting is a highlight of what Clippers are acquiring, some of you have seen my matchup cards all season and noticed one big issue with LAC offense:
Powell averaged 5.0 attempts per game, my threshold for a star – 4:53 PM

Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
New Locked on #Thunder Podcast:
🏀 : Josh Giddey in the rising star game
🏀 : Power ranking rising stars
🏀 : JRE is OUT
🏀 : Stock watch Friday
#ThunderUp: PM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
My favorite part of Dunc’d On Prime is the ability to react immediately to big trades. @Danny Leroux and I discuss the Portland/Clippers Powell/Covington/Keon Johnson deal Join us: PM

Alvaro Martin @AlvaroNBAMartin
El sábado, @CoachCMorales y @QuiqueGaray se encargan del choque entre @Miami Heat y @Charlotte Hornets, pero solo por NBA League Pass. Es el #PartidoDeLaSemana. PM

Tony East @TEastNBA
Updated Pacers cap sheet! Lots of updates:
-Lance Stephenson second 10-day ends, re-signed for season
-Hardship payments in luxury tax calc (Pacers just over $1.4 mil away from tax line)
-Reggie Perry signed to hardship deal
-Cap/tax estimates updated for next season PM

Kevin Pelton @kpelton
Grades up for the Blazers-Clippers trade: (ESPN+) – 4:23 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
📰 @TheAthletic with @Jason Quick on Clippers acquiring Norman Powell and Robert Covington from Portland for Eric Bledsoe, Justise Winslow, Keon Johnson, and somebody’s 16-year-old son (in the form of a 2025 Pistons second-round pick)…4:17 PM

Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
Folks: You cannot bash this trade based on the two firsts dealt for Covington (2020, 2021) while IGNORING that Portland got back Keon Johnson, the 21st pick in 2021. The 2021 pick dealt was No. 23. Stop. You’re being disingenuous. – 4:15 PM

Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
NBA TV has dropped two #Bucks games from its upcoming schedule:
• Feb. 14 vs. Portland
• April 1 vs. the Los Angeles Clippers. – 4:13 PM

Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Blazers/Clips deal a good deal for Portland. Clears more playing time for Simons (who is really good) and starts to clean up the books. Blazers will likely continue to sink in the standings — which is probably exactly what they want. – 4:07 PM

Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
The Thunder-Magic game on March 20 has, for some reason, been dropped by NBA TV. – 4:06 PM