After 142 days without basketball, Portland Trail Blazers fans are hyped up on social media, as Friday brought the boys in black and rose back to the court.
Kicking off their fight for a playoff spot, the Portland Trail Blazers battled in the bubble against the Memphis Grizzlies, who came into the short tournament holding on to the last playoff position.
Prior to tip-off, both teams linked arms and took a collective knee along the sidelines, pairing this act with their social justice jersey names.
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Making matters more exciting for the Rip City faithful, Friday’s head-to-head boiled down into a nail-biting final quarter leading into fantastically tense overtime play. Eventually, the strength of the Blazers’ shooting squad helped secure the win in extra time, beating the Grizzlies by a score of 140 to 135.
The wait is over, #RipCity.
Blazers basketball is 𝑩𝑨𝑪𝑲! pic.twitter.com/THiyPqGcCn
— Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) July 31, 2020
Fans, rightfully so, were pretty excited.
Wakes up and rolls over to check time:
— Backyard Blazers (@BackyardBlazers) July 31, 2020
— Brandon Sprague (@BrandonSprague) July 31, 2020
— MTCWithMook 🎙️🎧✒️ (@MTCwithMook) July 31, 2020
.@trailblazers basketball is BACK ‼️
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) July 31, 2020
— Ripped City (Derrick Cooley) (@rippedcitypdx) July 31, 2020
— Colin Bloodworth (@ccbloodworth) July 31, 2020
And then things got stressful.
My heart. First game back and we’re already headed to OT. #RipCity
— Goldy (@GoldGloveTV) July 31, 2020
#RipCity just woke the fucking neighbours up man
— Tyler 💕🔴(BLM) (@FTBL_Tyler) July 31, 2020
— dloitz (@dloitz) July 31, 2020
But the Blazers turned it up in overtime and took the win from Memphis.
— Jonathan Warner (@JayWarner_) July 31, 2020
Forgot how much of a roller coaster Blazer games are. Man that was fun and infuriating. Lets gooooo #RipCity
— Andy Johnson (@TheDirtJohnson) July 31, 2020
— Evan Thomson (@1evan_thomson) July 31, 2020
— stop loss (@Swish144) July 31, 2020
BLAZERS win it!
Ughhhhh I feel like I haven’t exhaled in like 45 minutes.
— Wyatt Fossett (@WyattFossett) July 31, 2020