The Portland Trail Blazers nearly beat the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night, Carmelo Anthony grew up big off the bench, while Damian Lillard performed in his custom fourth quarter.Sadly, Jayson Tatum and the Celtics would have done them. Get better by gaining 116-115 victories.
Dave Deckard has an instant rundown with your quarter-by-quarter game flow right here. Here are a few other things you might miss during this nail-biting thriller.
Dame and Melo show
As the final score points out, the Celtics’ 116-115 victory is compelling. Each of the Blazers̵7; key players differs from the fast-paced play and essential shots that should be honored in a movie room. But make no mistake about it: Much of Portland’s offensive success comes from the wrists of Damian Lillard and Carmelo Anthony.
Throughout the night, Boston used a tedious tactic to try to “ice” Damian Lillard – or prevent him from getting back in the middle and pulling up – and most notably smart Marcus. Admirable work But in the fourth quarter, Lillard, as he never did, he struggled with pain to get into the rhythm and shocked Boston on the night CJ McCollum was battling his shot, Anthony stepped in as a sidekick. Capable
The two put together 53 points in shooting 19 of 38, including 21 of 28 in Blazer’s fourth quarter. For Anthony in particular, it became a trend. That raises an interesting question.
One noticed how he scored differently in a prime time game when the lights were bright and what he did in a “normal” game. It was totally arbitrary. But it’s enough to think about writing a petition, let’s have a look:
Anthony in TNT or ESPN’s “primetime” game.: 16.5 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 47.1 FG%, 37.5% 3P
Anthony in other regular games: 13.1 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 40.7 FG%, 37.7% 3P
More off-ball opportunities for Lillard
Let’s throw one more Lillard for long-term viewing: One of the hidden features that come with the addition of Norman Powell is that the Blazers are tertiary ball managers to play alongside Dame and McCollum, giving him the opportunity to play. Outside the ball, cut the ball and create a look for yourself faster.
In tonight’s game, Lillard generated a handful of points, either by threatening to cut him – or by finding defensive fissures and getting a powerful barrel. That feels like a great development worth rooting and not just because it promotes better ball motion. If Lillard was injured, as sometimes seen, the separation and those picks and rolls would not be as effective as they used to be. He seems to have been uneven in speed over the past few weeks, so the blazers being creative about his workload should come in handy in the future. In the first half we saw a rear screen that looked a bit like a Spanish pickup truck and a fake post-up stamp.
That leads to a little bit of observation: It looks like the Blazers may have been trying to figure out how to handle Lillard’s burden.His second-quarter rest was much longer than usual. He checked in in just four minutes and half passed. Keep an eye on that.
The confusion in the final spin of the game
The Blazers’ latest move has earned them the luxury of having a multiplayer player who can shut down the game, either offense or defensive. Unfortunately, tonight’s game shows the Blazers are still struggling to collect a In good faith The fourth quarter lineup that gave the team away.
Tonight, the overlooked stretch comes in the form of Robert Covington, whose defense in scope is one of the few good things tonight. As fate would have dictated, he was nowhere to be found on the ground at the time of the fourth crisis. Consider this one more thing to keep watching. Who this team leads in completing the game could be a make-or-break factor in the future.
Loss against winner
These are some life-changing since the last time the Blazers beat a team that entered the game with a win record: All four No. 1 seeds remain in the NCAA March Madness Tournament. Starbucks released espresso. Three new masso / lattes and the Brooklyn Nets only hired ex-All-Stars * five *. It’s been too long.
The Blazers will have a two-day break before preparing for Friday night’s match against the San Antonio Spurs at 5:30 PM.