Trail Blazers struggle to keep up with Clippers, lose 128-105

    Jusuf Nurkic tries to finish over Kawhi Leonard - Bruce Ely/Portland Trail Blazers

    After an encouraging win against the defending champions, the Blazers had no answers for the Los Angeles Clippers, getting blown out 128-105. 

    The Defense Struggles

    The Clippers took a quick lead early, going on a 20-6 run in the first quarter led by Nicolas Batum’s & Serge Ibaka’s two open threes. The second quarter was no different, as the Blazers could fail to contain the Clippers from raining down three’s, resulting in a 19 point lead heading into the second half. Portland didn’t rally back, getting outscored 31-28 in the third quarter. Head coach, Terry Stotts, put in the bench in the fourth quarter, led by fan-favorite Harry Giles, as he put up seven points in his limited playing time. 

    Notable Player Stats

    CJ McCollum had himself a good game, scoring 25 points while grabbing in four rebounds and dishing out three assists. Damian Lillard had a bad shooting night, only making 3-out-of-his-14 shots but was very efficient from the free-throw line, making 14-out-of-15 free throws. Carmelo Anthony was the lead scorer off the bench, scoring 15 points and making 9 of his 10 free throw attempts. 

    Injury Report

    Nassir Little was out for tonight’s game under the NBA’s health protocols, Gary Trent Jr. was ruled out with a right calf strain & Zach Collins was announced today to be ruled out indefinitely as he underwent revision surgery today to repair a left medial mausoleums stress fracture. Get Well Soon Zach!

    Up Next

    The Trail Blazers visit Golden State on Friday in the first of back-to-back games with the Warriors.

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