Portland Trail Blazers It looked sluggish and unusual on Thursday, struggling on both sides of the court on the way to a 111-87 defeat from the Indiana Pacers’ hands at Moda Center.
On the night following a record-setting performance from off the curve, Portland was able to shoot a little 36% off the ground (including 30% from deep) and their 87 points were the lowest a team’s performance in the season.
But the evening’s real decline came in the middle of the third quarter when Jusuf Nurkic left the game with what was later announced as a fractured right wrist that apparently suffered after a flick. The ball is not good in defense, although the exact moment remains. Be considered. Details on the extent of the break, along with ideas of recovery times, will come out soon, but there is no doubt that this is a big blow for teams that are expected to compete in the playoffs.
Since the onset of symptoms, it is likely clear that storm clouds are forming. Playing on the second night of back-and-forth and especially following the barn stove on Wednesday with the King, where Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum had to grapple with teeth and nails for 85 minutes combined, you have to wonder what fatigue would be. Is a factor tonight Early on, at least it didn̵7;t seem to be the case as the two teams fought stagnant in the fist quarters, setting up what appeared to be another tense journey in the blister.
It quickly turned into anything, but Terry Stotts chose to give his most valuable players a rest. Terry Stotts opened the second period with the lineup of Anfernee Simons, Gary Trent Jr., Rodney Hood, Carmelo Anthony and Enes Kanter left Lillard and McCollum riding the pine tree together for almost five minutes. In those five minutes, the Blazers earned more than 12-2 points as Doug McDermott came off the bench to fire the Pacers, the second unit found no nasty rhythm at all. Lo Anthony who argues and tries Hell Mary three times. By the time McCollum and Lillard returned to check-in with 4:57 left, Indiana took the lead 12 points and appeared to be in full control.
Then things got even worse. Portland, one of the league’s leaders in charge of basketball, could not look after Stone if their mother was robbed seven times in the first half and flipped the ball more than 10 times as Pacer led as many as 25. Domantas Sabonis scores reminded fans of his father, featured in a post to give him 23 points, 15 boards and 5 assists.
The Blazers made a few runs in the second half to at least make things look respectable and approach 11 at the end of the third quarter. But the return roaring was not among them.
The Blazers will receive the holiday before hosting the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday evening at 7pm Pacific.