Blazers Will Not Qualify for Summer League Tournament

The Portland Trail Blazers will not be able to qualify for the NBA Summer League tournament even if they win on Thursday, Blazers reporter Casey Holdahl pointed out Wednesday night. Portland currently holds a 1-2 record with one pool play game remaining against the Thunder; nine other teams already boast three or more wins.

Only the top eight seeded teams will make the single-elimination tournament, per the Summer League rules. The remaining 24 teams will play in a consolation game on either July 12 or 13 before heading home.

Portland lost by 20 in the first game against the Pistons, won by 10 in the second game against the Rockets, and suffered a last-second loss to the Jazz in Game 3.

Anfernee Simons and Gary Trent Jr. have both had memorable performances in Vegas. Simons will head back to Portland nursing a sprained ankle suffered in the Utah game.

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