2020 ScheduleAll times ET

2020 Schedule
2-3, 3rd in Northwest
8h

The Hoop Collective: Top-To-Bottom Projections In 2019-20

Kevin Pelton projects a major shake-up in the NBA's power structure and he joins Brian Windhorst and Tim Bontemps one day before the tip of the 2019-20 season to discuss his analytics-based conclusions. In the East, Pelton explains his concerns for the Celtics and the guys also dig into how far the Pacers can go (15:19). In the West, the crew lays out expectations for the Clippers (33:05) and Lakers (36:55) after addressing their postseason concerns for the Rockets (28:38).

Skal and Simons team up for a block and dunk (0:18)
4d
Lillard, Mitchell battle it out in Utah (1:35)
5d
McCollum drops 27 (1:08)
9d
McCollum banks one-legged 3 (0:26)
9d
Michael Porter Jr. steps on the court and hits the jumper (0:18)
13d
Little making big man moves (0:29)
13d
Simons makes 3's look easy (0:25)
13d
Barton gets the and-1 bucket (0:23)
13d
Lillard breaks down rap beef with Shaq (1:07)
13d
McCollum needs no help scoring (0:19)
13d
Stotts' chest hair making hard for Malone to concentrate on game (0:17)
13d
Whiteside fights for the basket (0:17)
13d
Hezonja with the reverse slam (0:32)
13d
Lillard drives it to the rim (0:16)
13d
Jazz, Blazers, Nuggets in the hunt in the West (2:26)
14d
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16d

Blazers not going with 'load management' plan

The Trail Blazers aren't planning to follow the NBA trend of load management this season, with guard CJ McCollum saying the team can't afford to take nights off in pursuit of the postseason.

MC Green Bean spits Lillard's lyrics (0:32)
19d
Lillard: 'I'm a kisser not a disser' (0:20)
20d
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20d

Lillard raps at Shaq: 'Kobe won you them rings'

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard responded to Shaquille O'Neal's rap song with one of his own that suggests the Hall of Fame center rode on the coattails of his teammates throughout his career.

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21dKevin Pelton

Lillard says retooled Blazers have sights on title

Although the analytics point to a new-look Trail Blazers team finishing at or below .500, star guard Damian Lillard has much higher expectations. "We're coming in, our focus is to win a championship. I think our mentality has to shift to that," he said.

0:35

Kevin Pelton ESPN Senior Writer 

At media day, Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum discussed the reaction to his finishing 13th in ESPN's NBArank for the upcoming season.

Team Stats

Points Per Game114.76th
Rebounds Per Game48.03rd
Assists Per Game23.025th
Points Allowed110.517th

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Team History

YEARWLPCT
2018-195329.646
2017-184933.598
2016-174141.500
2015-164438.537