The Clippers on Tuesday handed the Trail Blazers their second loss in three games to the Trail Blazers with a score of 133-116. Portland fell behind Los Angeles early and handed over 47 points to Paul George and the Clippers in the opening period. The Trail Blazers managed to retreat at a single-digit rate, but the Clippers’ comprehensive defensive approach to Damian Lillard prevented Portland’s comeback attempts from reaching the target.
Norman Powell personally scored 32 points for the Trail Blazers. Lillard, who was under pressure all night, could only score 11 points. For the Clippers, George and Leonard combined for 65 points.
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The Trail Blazers offense got an early experience of playoff defense on Tuesday. Starting from the opening technique, the Clippers focused on taking the ball from Lillard’s hands as early as possible. For the Trail Blazers, this is nothing new, but the plan for that game greatly undermined Portland’s offense.
Derrick Jones Jr. won the Aminu single award. It can be said that Jones was awarded AAA in Los Angeles. The Clippers dared to let the former Heat forward shoot every time they were on the court, and Jones rarely made Los Angeles pay for this decision.
On the bright side, Powell and Enes Kanter played their part. Powell cut easily into the Clippers’ defense and conflated catches from outside the three-point line with shooting attempts. Although the final result is not shown, Powell has the tools to thrive when his opponents sell out by preventing Lillard. The former Raptors guard had 32 points and 4 rebounds.
McCollum takes power
With Lillard feeling suffocated, McCollum served as the host. There is no doubt that the outstanding former Lehigh players are energetic offensive players. But the gravity he produces is completely different from his backcourt running partner. Despite this, McCollum and Kanter performed some two-person actions to achieve perfection. Kanter won another double night, and he always showed a satisfying appearance in the pick-and-roll combination.
As the host, McCollum got 6 assists and only completed one turnover. Most importantly, he added his 24 points to the final standings.
The Trail Blazers won in offensive rebounds, attempted seven free throws, and lost fewer turnovers in Tuesday’s loss. Regardless of the result, the Trail Blazers ended up with a double-digit difference in the wrong ending. On the surface, it perfectly represents the difficulty that inferior defensive teams must face high-quality opponents.
Before the Blazers managed to gain a foothold, the Clippers scored 47 points in a quarter. Paul George scored 22 points before Portland’s first double-winning team achieved. Even after improving defensive performance in the last three quarters, the Clippers can still shoot 51.7% from the field.
Before getting four minutes of game time in the last minute, the Trail Blazers had only six players with double digits playing time. For context, the Clippers have 9 players over 10 minutes at the same intersection. In the scoring column, Portland’s reserve team scored 21 points in 24 attempts. Reggie Jackson played 26 minutes on the Clippers bench. He scored 23 points in 12 attempts on the court.
The Trail Blazers returned to the battlefield on Thursday to face the Jazz.