Portland Trail Blazers vs. Miami Heat: Game preview, time, TV channel, how to watch free live stream online – OregonLive

Portland Trail Blazers forward Robert Covington, center, celebrates with guard Anfernee Simons, left, and guard Ben McLemore during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks in Portland, Ore., Monday, Jan. 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer) APAP
Damian Lillard’s availability will ultimately determine the Portland Trail Blazers’ fate this season.
Lillard’s abdominal injury will result in him missing his eighth game of the season Wednesday when the Blazers host the Miami Heat. But things could get worse. Blazers coach Chauncey Billups said the franchise would hold internal discussions regarding whether to rest Lillard for an extended period of time to allow his injury to heal. Should that happen, the Blazers’ prospects of digging themselves out of a 14-22 hole would be quite remote.
But as long as the Blazers believe that Lillard and CJ McCollum (collapsed lung) will return soon and help the team piece together a meaningful winning streak, they aren’t throwing in the towel.
Norman Powell said the way the team played during its 136-131 win Monday against the Atlanta Hawks reinforced the team’s belief that their season still has life.
“That’s just how the NBA goes,” Powell said. “For me, just keeping the guys confident, keeping the guys focused. With all the changes and things like that going on, there’s still a lot of time left and basketball to be played. We’re not writing ourselves out.”
Blazers coach Chauncey Billups concurred.
“We’re obviously behind the eight ball,” Billups said. “But I’m in 100% agreement with Norm. I’ve been around the league for a long time. Runs happen when teams go on these crazy runs and they’re right back in the thick of it. We’ve still got a lot of basketball play.”
The Heat will come into this game with a much better situation at 23-15 but some of the same problems. Miami will be playing without Jimmy Butler (ankle), Bam Adebayo (right thumb; UCL reconstruction) and Duncan Robinson. Combined, they average 53.5 points per game.
But the Heat will have Kyle Lowry (13.9 points, 8.3 assists per game) and Tyler Herro (20.4 points).
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS VS. MIAMI HEAT
What: Trail Blazers (14-22) vs. Heat (23-15), 7 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Moda Center.
Radio: Rip City Radio (KPOJ 620 AM).
TV channel: Root Sports (in Portland: Comcast 734/34; DirecTV 687).
Watch the game live online: You can watch this game live for FREE with fuboTV (free trial). You can also get this game on DirecTV Stream’s “CHOICE” package (promotional offers), if you are out of fuboTV trials, or simply prefer that platform and their pricing plans. If you already have a cable or satellite provider that carries Root Sports and want to watch online, you can watch this game live on Root Sports Live.
ODDS
Moneyline: POR +120 | MIA -140
Spread: MIA -2.5 | Over/Under: 216
INJURIES
Blazers: F Larry Nance Jr. (health & safety protocols) is doubtful; G Damian Lillard (abdominal tendinopathy – injury management), G CJ McCollum (right lung pneumothorax), C Cody Zeller (health & safety protocols) are out.
Heat: Bam Adebayo (right thumb; UCL reconstruction), Jimmy Butler (right ankle; sprain), Dewayne Dedmon (left knee; sprain), Marcus Garrett (health and safety protocols), Udonis Haslem (health and safety protocols), Aric Holman (ineligible to play), Markieff Morris (neck; whiplash), KZ Okpala (right wrist; sprain), Victor Oladipo (right knee; injury recovery), Duncan Robinson (health and safety protocols) and Gabe Vincent (health and safety protocols) are out.
NEXT UP
The current homestand has been extended from four to five games. The Blazers, who defeated Atlanta on Monday night, play Friday against Cleveland and then Sunday against Sacramento. On Monday, the Blazers will host Brooklyn to make up for the Dec. 23 matchup that was postponed when the Nets had 10 players in health and safety protocols.
— Aaron Fentress | afentress@Oregonian.com | @AaronJFentress (Twitter), @AaronJFentress (Instagram), @AaronFentress (Facebook).
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