With the Trailblazers extending their lead midway through the fourth quarter against the Pelicans, their broadcast crew launched into a quip several of their fans said was common, although it certainly didn't land well in New Orleans.
"Did the levee break? It's leaking ... it's leaking," exclaimed play-by-play announcer Kevin Calabro.
"There's some stuff coming through there," responded Lamar Hurd, laughing.
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The comments came heading into a timeout with 6:19 remaining in the game, which was played in Portland. Damian Lillard had just hit a 3-pointer, which extended Portland's lead to 92-81. After the timeout, New Orleans immediately responded with a 10-point run to cut the lead to 92-91. They would go on to lose the game, however, 103-93.
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The TV crew's comments were not received well on social media.
One person referred to it as a "garbage, tasteless joke."
Some other comments:
Man I generally like the Portland broadcast crew, “Did the levee break?” After a big shot while playing the Pelicans. Be better than that.— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) October 25, 2017
Did the Blazers announcer really just ask "did the levee break?" talking about the Pelicans falling behind?— Simon Cherin-Gordon (@Simoncgo) October 25, 2017
Several people on social media came to the defense of the broadcasters, with one person saying: "Obviously you have never listened to them. They always say this when we go on a run."
Obviously you have never listened to them. They always say this when we go on a run.— Animosity (@jgess623) October 25, 2017
The comments struck a chord with viewers, who most likely are hearkening back to the 2005 levee failures in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The subsequent flooding inundated most of New Orleans. About 1,800 people are believed to have died during Katrina and in the aftermath.