Weather causes flight issues for Portland Trail Blazers, Oklahoma City Thunder

By Field Level Media
Feb 16, 2021; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; Portland Trail Blazers forward Robert Covington (23) shoots the ball against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Theo Maledon (11) during the second half at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports

The Portland Trail Blazers were stranded overnight in Oklahoma City after playing the Thunder and were scrambling to make it to Wednesday night’s game in New Orleans against the Pelicans.

The Trail Blazers defeated Oklahoma City 115-104 on Tuesday night but were unable to leave town after the contest due to the arctic weather conditions in Oklahoma. The Thunder also were unable to leave afterward for Wednesday’s road game against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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The Trail Blazers said Wednesday that the inclement weather led to the postponement of the flight. The team said it would depart Oklahoma City on Wednesday afternoon and proceed directly to the Smoothie King Center upon arrival in New Orleans.

Portland will be looking to stretch its season-long winning streak to six games.

The Thunder were reportedly facing a similar situation in which they team would land in Memphis and immediately head to FedExForum.

The Grizzlies announced Wednesday that no fans will be permitted in the arena due to the frigid weather conditions.

–Field Level Media