Blazers vs Charlotte 122622 Jerami Grant

Portland Trail Blazers forward Jerami Grant (9) goes in for a dunk against Charlotte on Dec. 26, 2022, at the Moda Center.

The three-game road trip for the Portland Trail Blazers (19-18) started with a frustrating loss at Minnesota 113-106.

Gary Payton II missed the game with a right ankle sprain, the first game after he made his season debut Monday after missing all of the 2022 portion recovering from a summer abdominal surgery.

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Managing sports editor

I'm Pamplin Media Group's managing sports editor, overseeing our sports sections across our entire network. On top of that, I help the Portland Tribune by covering the Portland Trail Blazers and local high school sports. From Colorado, I enjoy the lack of snow in Portland and enjoy a night out perusing the next big food truck.

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