Portland Trail Blazers (5-8, 12th in the Western Conference) vs. Houston Rockets (10-3, second in the Western Conference)
Toronto Raptors (7-3, fifth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (4-7, 11th in the Western Conference)
Atlanta Hawks (3-5, 11th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (3-6, 11th in the Western Conference)
Brooklyn Nets (3-4, 10th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (3-5, 10th in the Western Conference)
Portland Trail Blazers (3-4, 10th in the Western Conference) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (5-3, fifth in the Western Conference)
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland Trail Blazers forward Zach Collins has undergone a shoulder surgery that will sideline him for at least four months.
Philadelphia 76ers (4-0, first in the Eastern Conference) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (3-2, seventh in the Western Conference)
Portland Trail Blazers (2-2, 10th in the Western Conference) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (1-3, 12th in the Western Conference)
DENVER (AP) — Nose bloodied, Torrey Craig returned wearing a clear mask.
Knocked down later, his Denver Nuggets teammates rushed to his defense.
DENVER (AP) — Denver Nuggets forward Torrey Craig returned to the game wearing a clear mask to protect the nose he bloodied in a collision during Game 2 against Portland.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — If Damian Lillard's series-clinching walkoff 3-pointer against the Thunder looked vaguely familiar, it's because he's done it before.
ATLANTA (AP) — Damian Lillard says the Portland Trail Blazers are making the best of a tough situation after CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic went down with injuries.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers got a feel-good moment before the game when they face-timed with Jusuf Nurkic and followed that up with an easy victory. Considering the circumstances, it...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — In a game marked by milestones, it was Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers who had the most to celebrate.
Lillard scored 24 points and became the second-leading...
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Trail Blazers' bench is proving to be difficult to stop when all five players come together.
Portland's reserves were key in the team's 99-92 victory over the Grizzlies on Wednesday night, outscoring the Memphis bench 44-14.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A struggling Trail Blazers bench finally got rolling Friday night, setting a season high for points in a confidence-boosting win over the NBA-leading Toronto Raptors.
Zach Collins scored 16 points and Seth Curry added a season-best 13, including three key 3-pointers early in the fourth quarter, as Portland held off the league's top team for a 128-122 victory.
Curry and Collins both played pivotal roles off a Blazers bench that outscored Toronto's reserves 58-26.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers may not need to rely exclusively on their dynamic duo to throw scoring punches any longer.
Their new supporting cast trades jabs pretty well, too, and it could make a real difference to their long-term prospects.
With Damian Lillard struggling Monday and C.J. McCollum scoring just 17 points, the Blazers got 17 points from Zach Collins and the first career double-double from former Purdue star Caleb Swanigan to put away the Indiana Pacers 103-93.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland's Jusuf Nurkic and Damian Lillard found their connection against the Clippers.
"We understand each other," Nurkic said. "Every possession, we already know where we're going to be and how we're going to play. When we look at each other we already know what we're going to do."
Nurkic had 21 points and 12 rebounds, Lillard added 17 points and 11 assists, and the Trail Blazers held off the Clippers 105-96 on Friday night.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — During their recent upswing, the Portland Trail Blazers have received key contributions from several role players. It was Zach Collins' turn Saturday night.
The rookie forward had a career-high 12 points, including a key 3-pointer down the stretch, as the Blazers earned a 108-100 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts was saluting the bench players responsible for ending his team's three-game losing streak when he realized he had made one glaring omission.
Stotts left out Maurice Harkless, who scored 13 points in the fourth quarter — including the go-ahead three-point play with 21.4 seconds remaining.
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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers have signed first-round draft picks Zach Collins and Caleb Swanigan.
Portland dealt the No. 15 and No. 20 picks to Sacramento for Collins, the No. 10 pick. The 7-footer, who played off the bench in his lone season with Gonzaga, averaged 10 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.8 blocks. Gonzaga went 37-2 last season and lost to North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament championship game.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers traded up to get another big man.
Portland, which had three first-round picks going into Thursday night's NBA draft, dealt the No. 15 and No. 20 picks to the Sacramento Kings for the No. 10 pick, center Zach Collins out of Gonzaga.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The role of the big man has changed in the NBA, and that's evident in the way teams pick centers and post players entering Thursday's draft.
The style of play favors versatile players who can space the floor, or play inside and out. And that means players who spend more time in the post — such as Gonzaga's Zach Collins or Wake Forest's John Collins — have become harder to project for the NBA and lack the top-of-the-lottery value as in years past.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Gonzaga forward Johnathan Williams has decided to return to school for his senior season after previously submitting his name for the NBA draft without hiring an agent.
Williams averaged 10.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per game last season as Gonzaga advanced to the national title game, where the Bulldogs lost to North Carolina. He is the leading scorer and rebounder returning to the Zags next season.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Gonzaga junior Johnathan Williams has declared for the NBA draft but will not sign with an agent, leaving open the possibility he will return for his senior season.
By not signing with an agent, Williams has until May 24 to decide whether to remain in the draft or withdraw and return to Gonzaga.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Nigel Williams-Goss, who led Gonzaga to its first appearance in the Final Four, said Tuesday that he will skip his senior season and declare for the NBA draft. He will hire an agent, precluding his return to Gonzaga.
The second team All-American led Gonzaga in scoring last year (16.8 points per game) as the top-seeded Zags advanced to the NCAA title game, where they lost to North Carolina.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Gonzaga freshman center Zach Collins on Tuesday declared for the NBA draft, becoming the first one-and-done player in program history.
The 7-0 center said he was exploring his options without hiring an agent at this time, but intends to hire an agent at a later date.
The first McDonald's All-American recruited by Gonzaga, Collins averaged 10 points and 5.9 rebounds per game and helped the Zags advance to the national championship game, where they lost to North Carolina.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The greatest season so far in Gonzaga basketball history ended with the Bulldogs falling short of their goal but many of those players who slugged it out with North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament title game will be back for another try next season.
The focus for now shifts to the loss to graduation of center Przemek Karnowski and guard Jordan Mathews and the possible early loss to the NBA of Nigel Williams-Goss and Zach Collins.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Joel Berry II headed a trio of players for national champion North Carolina named to the all-tournament team for the Final Four.
Berry, hobbled by two bad ankles, played well enough in the championship game Monday night after a clunker in the semifinals to be named the outstanding player of the Final Four.
Berry was joined by teammates Kennedy Meeks and Justin Jackson.
Runner-up Gonzaga had the other two players on the team — Nigel Williams-Goss and Zach Collins.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Two of the top teams coming into March Madness are set to settle the title in the 67th game of the NCAA Tournament.
North Carolina and Gonzaga play Monday night at University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the NFL's Arizona Cardinals. Tipoff is set for about 6:20 p.m. local time, 9:20 p.m. EDT.
The final pits two of the most elite teams in college hoops against one another: both the Tar Heels and the Bulldogs boast top-level coaches, guards and interior players.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The teenager who plays hoops for a year in college and then leaves for the NBA used to be part novelty, part nuisance.
These days, it's as common as a 3-pointer and as acceptable as your office bracket pool.
Once the domain of Kentucky, Duke and few other select schools, the so-called one-and-dones now come from all over the country.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Some things to watch for in Monday night's NCAA championship game:
IN THE MIDDLE
Both teams have size in the middle and quality depth at the position.
Gonzaga's 7-foot-1, 300-pound Przemek Karnowski will go at North Carolina's 6-10, 260-pound Kennedy Meeks.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — If you like watching basketball played with big men in the middle, the NCAA Tournament championship game will be a can't-miss event.
Gonzaga's Przemek Karnowski, who weighs in at 7-foot-1 and 300 pounds, will go head-to-head on Monday night with North Carolina's Kennedy Meeks, who enters the game at 6-10 and 260 pounds.
"A type of guy kind of like me, going back to the basket more so than facing up or going to the 3-point line," Karnowski said of Meeks, a fellow senior.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Zach Collins scores, rebounds, blocks shots and makes predictions. He's pretty good at all of those things.
The freshman 7-footer from Gonzaga had quite a night in the Bulldogs' 77-73 victory over South Carolina on Saturday in the Final Four. He had 14 points, 13 rebounds and a career-high six blocks.
The prediction? He made that to his roommate, Nigel Williams-Goss.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Gonzaga watched big man Przemek Karnowski fall to the floor in a heap and holding his eye as he headed to the locker room. The Zags saw a 14-point lead evaporate in a South Carolina flurry and traded punches with the Gamecocks over the tense closing minutes.
Gonzaga absorbed the blows, counterpunched and now has another game to play, this one for the national championship. The Zags face North Carolina on Monday night.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Their star guard was outstanding. Their big men dominated inside. Still, it came down to some last-second strategy for Gonzaga to move on to the NCAA Tournament championship game for the first time.
Nigel Williams-Goss scored 23 points, Gonzaga's big men combined for 27 and the Bulldogs kept South Carolina from taking a game-tying shot in a 77-73 victory Saturday night in a matchup of first-time teams at the Final Four.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Maybe it was the lingering effects of flu-like symptoms or maybe it was dealing with all those long-armed defenders Gonzaga kept throwing at him.
Maybe after playing as well as any player in the NCAA Tournament, Sindarius Thornwell was just due for a bad day.
Whatever the reason, Thornwell struggled to assert himself against Gonzaga on Saturday as the Gamecocks' first trip to the Final Four ended with a 77-73 loss in the national semifinals.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's Luke Maye can't go to class without getting a standing ovation nor walk across campus without getting stopped by people requesting to take a photo with him.
All because of one shot — one that lifted the Tar Heels past Kentucky to reach the Final Four while turning the sophomore from rotation reserve to sudden star.
"He's big-time now," junior Justin Jackson said. "I feel like we need some security around campus."