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Wednesday's Blazers News: Russell 'pokes the bear' and lost

After D'Angelo Russell 'pokes the bear,' Damian Lillard leads Blazers past Lakers, 108-87: The Lakers went cold and Damian Lillard got angry. From there it was pretty much over. Lillard fueled a game-changing third quarter surge as the Portland Trail Blazers cruised past the Los Angeles Lakers 108-87 victory Tuesday night at Staples Center. -- The Oregonian

Trail Blazers flying to Seattle, traveling to Portland Wednesday to play Cleveland Cavaliers: The Portland Trail Blazers are trying their best to get back home to face the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Moda Center on Wednesday night despite heavy snow in the Portland area. The Blazers were scheduled to take off from Los Angeles International Airport at 1 a.m. on Wednesday morning and to fly to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. -- The Oregonian

Don't Poke The Bear: D'Angelo Russell and the Los Angeles Lakers learned a valuable lesson about the Trail Blazers on Tuesday night at Staples Center: Don't poke the bear. Russell, the second-year guard for the Lakers, incited Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard with elbows that led to some nose-to-nose words in the third quarter, resulting in a stunning awakening for the All-Star guard and an about face for the Portland team that led to a rousing 108-87 victory over the Lakers. -- CSNNW.com

Blazers, Cavs have a hard time getting to PDX: The Portland Trail Blazers (17-23) are set to host the Cleveland Cavalries (28-9) on Wednesday night. Both teams had trouble getting cleared to land at the PDX airport on Tuesday night due to the heavy snowfall in the Portland area. The Trail Blazers announced after 12:30am that they would depart Los Angeles at 1:00am. -- CSNNW.com

Crabbe: 'I'm finding my groove': Among the reasons for hope that the Trail Blazers’ sputtering season can turn around has been the recent play of Allen Crabbe. Coming off a career-high 30-point performance Sunday against Detroit, Crabbe is enjoying the best stretch of what has been a trying season for him and the team. -- CSNNW.com

Lakers' poor shooting in second half leads to 108-87 loss to Trail Blazers: For nearly a full minute after his postgame news conference ended, Lakers Coach Luke Walton stared at the box score from the Lakers’ 108-87 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday with his brow furrowed as he reviewed it. “I’m still trying to figure out what just happened in the second half, honestly,” Walton had said nine minutes before, when the news conference began. -- Los Angeles Times

Lakers' third-quarter issues continue in 108-87 loss to Blazers: Everything seemed so splendid. The Lakers’ teamwork and hustle continued. Luol Deng appeared on pace toward writing another chapter in his improved play. The Lakers made inroads on their defense by somehow holding Portland guard Damian Lillard to an inefficient shooting night. Then, the third quarter happened. And everything went south. Again. -- The Orange County Register

Lakers' D'Angelo Russell picks a fight Damian Lillard and Blazers are happy to finish: If it wasn’t made clear by Damian Lillard’s scowl as his teammates pulled him away, he is not fond of D’Angelo Russell. Not after he said the Lakers second-year guard was throwing “slick little elbows” in their matchup Tuesday night, a 108-87 Trail Blazers win at Staples Center. -- The Orange County Register