Tonight, the Portland Trail Blazers’ intention to face the Los Angeles Clippers is to stop NBA MVP candidate Damian Lillard (Damian Lillard). As soon as Los Angeles crossed halftime, two guards were placed on the All-Star guard, forcing him to throw the ball to his teammates. In that atmosphere, CJ McCollum and Norman Powell scored 24 and 32 points respectively.
Usually, this will be good news for the Trailblazers. Strong scoring often leads to victory. However, on this night, their defense has always been powerless. They gave Paul George 22 points in the first quarter and 36 points in the game. Kawhi Leonard had 29 rebounds and 7 assists, scoring 29 points. Reggie Jackson scored 23 points, more than the Blazers̵
Under pressure, Lillard scored 11 points on a 2-14 field goal with 6 assists.
the first season
The Blazers did well at the start of the game, and Lillard put pressure on the plan to stop him, shrugging like a small annoyance. Lillard either scored, or hit Enes Kanter with the Clippers’ defensive imbalance, or Kanter grabbed offensive rebounds himself. But the Clippers performed well and scored the first 9 goals because Portland could not defend. Middle distance, long distance, on the hoop… it doesn’t matter. Los Angeles scores are a lot like practice. When the Clippers finally missed, it was nearly 6:00. By then, they had scored 24 points, a quarter of which were not even half. As the game ended, CJ McCollum kept scoring, trying to keep his team at this level. But Paul George only scores one barrel per minute, and the Clippers score 50, so the Blazers don’t have too many “entry tickets.” Then Portland began to lose their three-pointers at halftime, which was really ugly. CJ scored 12 in the quarter, but George scored 22. LA led 47-32 after one game.
When the Clippers opened the second game with a three-pointer, the lead extended to 20 points. The Trail Blazers had no other way to save the game except defensively. Portland called a timeout to stop the bleeding, just watching the Los Angeles team hit the other three in their next possession. The lead is as high as 26. During this period, the Clippers were very complacent, which is pretty standard considering the situation. That was the only grace that the pioneers had, but they took advantage of it. They managed to chase the score to 15th place for McCollum and Norman Powell, then dropped to 10 due to a rare three-pointer from Lillard, and then 7th due to Robert Covington’s next round. That is room for intermission. The Clippers led 73-66. Los Angeles shot 57% in the first half and 48% from long range.
the third quater
Relatively speaking, the Trail Blazers performed well in the third quarter. Another scoring frenzy by Powell/McCollum doubled the lead to two, but Los Angeles quickly expanded the lead. During this period, Portland forced the Clippers to shoot more than they had at the time. Most of them are mid-range. Los Angeles has a good performance in the lanes and long distances, but it has not regressed as much as before. The Portlanders do what they can. They also continue to have an advantage in the only category with a clear advantage: free throws. By the end of the third quarter, Portland had tried 27 games, while Los Angeles had only 16 games. The Clippers led 101-89 in three games, technically extending their lead to half, but the Blazers still kept in touch. In a game like this, this is all you can ask for.
Powell performed well at the beginning of the fourth quarter because the Clippers’ defense was still sold out to stop Lillard. Stormin’ Norman drove downhill, turning around the rim with relative ease. If Portland can strengthen their decent defense, they will make progress after their excellent three-pointers. However, “D” only continues intermittently. They can get it within 9 or 7, but there is no threat anymore. Portland cannot have authority near the three-point line and cannot observe the mid lane. If they can do it, they may have a chance. But in fact, it’s not. A few Los Angeles three-pointers made the game out of reach. The lead once again reached 20, and nothing more.
Stay tuned for Steve Dewald’s detailed review!
The Blazers face the Utah Jazz in the Pacific at 7:00 p.m. Thursday night.