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Blazers star Damian Lillard is pissed no fans are allowed in Portland

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With the COVID-19 vaccine slowly making its way to citizens across the globe, professional sports leagues are opening up their doors for live attendance more and more. We witnessed the UFC hold a full house for UFC 261, Texas has allowed baseball teams to have full stadiums, and the NBA has allowed for fans to trickle into the arenas.

However, for the state of Oregon, everything is still much on lockdown. In fact, as the NBA playoffs approach, it’s looking like the Portland Trail Blazers will be the only team with no fans in attendance. Superstar point guard Damian Lillard took to Twitter to express his feelings towards the situation.

An absolutely frustrating endeavor for the Trail Blazers. They won’t have a home-court advantage, but it would at least be nice to have some fans in the stadium for the home games they do play. Instead, Portland will be forced to continue to play without fans, as they have been since the beginning of the pandemic.

The NBA has already stated they plan to fully open up arenas for the 2022 season. However, Portland is in an odd situation, as Govoner Kate Brown has hinted at possibly keeping COVID-19 protocols going for the long term. If that’s the case, the Trail Blazers could find themselves at a huge disadvantage during the 2022 season.

For now, Lillard and the Trail Blazers will have to bite the bullet and play through without their fans in attendance. It’ll be interesting to see how the postseason plays out this year, as the NBA has also introduced the play-in tournament as well.