Jul 14, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Portland Trailblazers coach David Vanterpool leans in to talk to his team during a first quarter time out while facing the Los Angeles Lakers in an NBA Summer League game at the Thomas and Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Full Las Vegas Summer League Seeding: Blazers (6) Earn First-Round Bye

The Portland Trail Blazers finished 6th in the preliminary seeding stages of Las Vegas Summer League with a 2-1 record. Each team that finished in the top-8 has received a bye in the Summer League tournament that begins this afternoon. Tie-breaks were determined by head-to-head matchups, point totals, and point differentials. The full rankings are listed below:

Nov 17, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard Will Barton (5) warms up prior to a game against the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre. Portland won the game 118-110. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

1. Chicago Bulls (3-0)
2. New York Knicks (3-0)
3. Cleveland Cavaliers (3-0)
4. Washington Wizards (3-0)
5. Utah Jazz (2-1)
6. Portland Trail Blazers (2-1)
7. New Orleans Pelicans (2-1)
8. Sacramento Kings (2-1)
9. Phoenix Suns (2-1)
10. Dallas Mavericks (2-1)
11. Golden State Warriors (2-1)
12. San Antonio Spurs (2-1)
13. Miami Heat (1-2)
14. Houston Rockets (1-2)
15. D-League Select (1-2)
16. Philadelphia 76ers (1-2)
17. Los Angeles Lakers (1-2)
18. Denver Nuggets (1-2)
19. Toronto Raptors (1-2)
20. Los Angeles Clippers (1-2)
21. Milwaukee Bucks (0-3)
22. Atlanta Hawks (0-3)
23. Charlotte Hornets (0-3)
24. Minnesota Timberwolves (0-3)

The Trail Blazers will face the winners of Golden State (11) vs. Atlanta (22) in the second round on Thursday. They handily defeated the Hawks yesterday, though if they play them again, it will have to be without Thomas Robinson, who suffered a torn ligament in his right thumb late in the third quarter of their previous matchup. Averaging 16.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game, Robinson was instrumental in securing the high seeding that the Trail Blazers benefit from in his absence.

This bye guarantees a minimum of two more games and a maximum of four more games for the Trail Blazers. If they lose on Thursday, they will play in the consolation round on Friday and be done for the Summer. However; if they win, they will move on to the quarterfinals (Saturday), then the semifinals (Sunday), then the finals (Monday)—assuming victory in each case. They certainly have their work cut out for them, but injuries aside, they are in an excellent position to succeed. All Trail Blazers Summer League Games will air live on CSNNW.



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