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#pounditFriday, September 18, 2020

Cavs, Blazers have issues flying to Portland because of snow

A winter storm has dumped a historic amount of snow on Portland and its surrounding areas this week, and the inclement weather has created some travel complications for two NBA teams who are scheduled to square off on Wednesday night.

For whatever reason, the Cavaliers were able to land their plane at Portland International Airport late Tuesday night. ESPN’s Rachel Nichols reports that the Trail Blazers had their team plane in the air around the same time, but they were diverted to Seattle.

Blazers players were originally told they would have to take a bus from Seattle to their home arena in Portland. Nichols reports that the team will instead fly from Seattle to Portland on Wednesday before the game. Some of the players expressed their frustrations with the travel mess on Twitter.

With the Blazers expected to take another plane from Seattle to Portland, you can understand why the players would have rather just spent another night in Los Angeles and flown directly to Portland on Wednesday.

Portland typically gets only a few days a year with measurable snow, and the amounts are hardly ever substantial. There was roughly six inches of snow at the airport as of Wednesday morning and some surrounding areas reported snow totals of 8-12 inches.

The important thing, obviously, is that both teams get to their destinations safely. Even if it doesn’t make sense logistically, they should be willing to deal with some minor inconveniences if it means avoiding a terrifying situation like the one a college basketball team dealt with recently.

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