The Portland Trail Blazers entered the Ball Arena to play against the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night in hopes of putting on a good performance. They, uh … no. In an outing best described as “First-level D&D characters teleport to the abyss,” Portland fell to Nikola Jokic and the 140-108 Nuggets.
If you missed the action, you can find our quarter-by-quarter rundown (or whatever we could do without losing our sense of humor) here. Once you figure that out …
… well, let’s be honest. There isn’t a lot of analysis to this game. The Blazers played extremely well when their “starters” – which didn’t include Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Norman Powell, or Anfernee Simons – got new legs and new legs. ‘hope. Portland held on even with the Nuggets for about ten minutes. But then they had to replace the “bench”, heavy on quotes. Let’s not give names … it was a waste of the team. But if you put on a welder’s mask and take a look at the lower rungs of Portland’s list, you can get a pretty good idea why they failed when laid on the ground. many.
Let’s talk about some good points. First off, it’s a bird, it’s an airplane, it’s Dennis Smith Jr. Portland’s third-string point guard who started off, once again showing he’s not intimidated by any situation. . He attacked the rim harshly and creatively. He also had 8 assists, which is no small feat on a night his teammates were hitting around zero to three points.
Nassir Little and Ben McLemore also played fearlessly, enthusiastically and on both sides … well, as much as anyone did on a night Denver shot 63.4% from the field and 51.2%. of the arc. They provided points and commotion, balancing the parts of the Portland attack that were working,
But oh my God, did the Blazers turn it around. It was not just the quantity (15 for the game), but the quality of the errors. Forget about backdoor cutting timing errors; they could not dribble. Plus, they struggled to bounce back the instant Jusuf Nurkic left the floor. What about dots in the paint? Fuggetabout. Denver won this battle 58-46. When it was important, it wasn’t that close.
All the ways the Blazers could make up for the disparity have faded into the haze. Superstar performances? None were available. Excellent three-point shot? They shot 30.8% from a distance. Help from the referees? 60.7% on free throws.
There you have it, dear friends, everything you need to know about this outing. The Blazers will be reset, hope to recover a few players, and face the Washington Wizards at 4 a.m. Pacific on Saturday.