Blazers claim No. 2 seed
Portland has marched undefeated into the next stage of the NBA summer league at Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Blazers, even with starting center Zach Collins sidelined (sprained ankle), downed the San Antonio Spurs, 95-89, on Tuesday at Cox Pavilion to cap a 3-0 start in preliminary play.
Portland now will face the winner of Wednesday's Atlanta-Indiana game in a 7:30 p.m. PT Thursday matchup at Thomas & Mack Center.
The tournament is headed into single-elimination competition with Portland seeded second, behind defending the summer champion Los Angeles Lakers. Phoenix is the No. 3 seed, followed by Denver and Houston. Indiana is No. 15; Atlanta is No. 18, among the 30 teams.
The Lakers and Blazers earned first-round byes.
A loss on Thursday would not eliminate the Blazers, as they would move into a Friday consolation game.
On Tuesday afternoon, 2018 second-round draft pick Gary Trent Jr. led the way for the Blazers, scoring 20 points in a reserve role. The guard from Duke hit 4 of 8 from 3-point range.
Returning Blazers guard Wade Baldwin IV had 16 points and team highs of nine assists and five steals.
Forward Jake Layman added 15 points and eight rebounds.
Caleb Swanigan, listed at center, had 12 points, a team-best nine rebounds and five assists.
Starting at small forward, first-round draft pick Anfernee Simons tallied eight points but was only 4 of 13 from the field and 0 of 3 from beyond the arc.
The Blazers led nearly all the way and were up by 22 points in the second half.
San Antonio fell to 1-2.
Kyle Gustafson will take on additional responsibilities as a result of changes within the Portland Winterhawks hockey operations department.
Entering his 14th season with the Winterhawks, Gustafson has been promoted to assistant general manager and will continue as the associate head coach for the Western Hockey League team.
Gustafson's promotion was one of three changes to the hockey operations department announced Tuesday by Winterhawks VP/GM/coach Mike Johnston. The changes are a result of former assistant GM Matt Bardsley taking the general manager job with the Kamloops Blazers.
Mike Coflin, the club's head scout in British Columbia since 2012, will join the club full-time and oversee the scouting department and the development of the list players. His title will be assistant to the GM and director of scouting and player development.
Lisa Hollenbeck has been promoted to senior director, hockey operations. Hollenbeck has been with the club since 2011 and has been director of hockey administration since 2014. In her new role, Hollenbeck will take on most of the administrative interaction with the league office that Bardsely handled, while continuing with her previous duties.
Portland's Amanda Jacobs took the top seed in the 17th Pacific Northwest Women's Mid-Amateur, which enters match play on Wednesday at Pullman, Washington.
Jacobs shot 70-74 for an even-par 144 total at Palouse Ridge Golf Club.
Sixteen women advanced to match play. The No. 2 seed also is from Portland — Gretchen Johnson, who was runner-up last year. Johnson shot 72-74 in stroke-play qualifying.
The 117th Pacific Northwest Women's Amateur also is taking place there, and former Beaverton High star Gigi Stoll of the University of Arizona earned the No. 2 seed. She shot 70-71—141 to trail only Alivia Brown (Gig Harbor, Washington, and a 201-8 graduate of Washington State University), who had rounds of 68 and 69 for a 137 total.
Manchester City and Parist Saint-Germain will play an exhibition game at Merlo Field at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 24.
Manchester City's lineup includes former Portland Thorns standout Nadia Nadim.
The game is part of preparations for the inaugural Women's International Champions Cup tournament, July 26 and 29 at Miami.