Blazer fans get your calenders ready, Portland has announced its preseason schedule. If you can remember all the way back to last season, the Blazers played a home and home with the Utah Jazz. I think they split, but who can remember.
This season Portland opens in Ontario, California, according to Wikipedia a city located in South West San Bernardino County 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, against the Lakers. When the regular season schedule was released, and Portland’s first real opponent was uncovered as also being the Lakers, Twitter blew up with sentiments such as this. I totally agree.
Luckily for us, and for Mr. Lillard, the Blazers will get a shot at Steve Nash, Kobe, and their Lakers before it actually counts. Hopefully, that will keep this team of mostly young guys with little NBA experience from being too star struck on Opening Night.
Here’s the press release:
TRAIL BLAZERS ANNOUNCE 2012 NBA PRESEASON SCHEDULE
Portland hosts Western Conference rivals Denver, Golden State and Utah
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Trail Blazers announced their seven-game NBA preseason schedule today, highlighted by three home games versus Western Conference foes Denver, Golden State and Utah at the Rose Garden.
Portland will open the preseason with three road games starting with the Los Angeles Lakers in Ontario, Calif., on Oct. 10, at Phoenix on Oct. 12 and at Sacramento on Oct. 15.
The Trail Blazers then host three games at the Rose Garden starting with Denver on Oct. 17, and followed by Golden State on Oct. 19 and Utah on Oct. 22.
The Trail Blazers close out the preseason on the road at Utah on Oct. 25.
And the schedule:
TRAIL BLAZERS 2012 PRESEASON SCHEDULE (ALL TIMES PACIFIC)
|October 10||@ L.A. Lakers||7:00 PM||Citizens Business Bank Arena (Ontario, Calif.)|
|October 12||@ Phoenix Suns||7:00 PM||US Airways Center|
|October 15||@ Sacramento Kings||7:00 PM||Power Balance Pavilion|
|October 17||vs. Denver Nuggets||7:00 PM||Rose Garden|
|October 19||vs. Golden State Warriors||7:00 PM||Rose Garden|
|October 22||vs. Utah Jazz||7:00 PM||Rose Garden|
|October 25||@ Utah Jazz||6:00 PM||Energy Solutions Arena|