The Clippers sent the Trail Blazers a second loss in three games through 133-116 results on Tuesday.Portland fell behind early Los Angeles, giving up 47 points to Paul, George and Clipper. In the open frame, the Blazers try to come back within a single digit. But the Clippers’ full defensive approach against Damian Lillard made Portland’s return efforts not hit a critical point.
Norman Powell chose 32 individual points for Blazers. Lillard, who faced all-night pressures, was placed 11 points for Clippers George and Kawhi Leonard combined with 65.
You can review or quarter-by-quarter details in our instant summary. In addition to the analysis, here are the key points that stood out in the Clippers̵7; 17-point win over the mantle.
The Blazers’ offense was defended early in the season on Tuesday, the Clippers from the open end focused on getting the ball off Lillard’s hand early and often. This is not new to the Blazers, but the strategy derailed Portland’s attacking game in a big way.
Derrick Jones Jr. was awarded the Aminu-all-alone. That could be said, Jones is an AAA rated Los Angeles Clippers, the Clippers dared to give the former Heat a shot every time he was on the ground, and Jones hardly paid for Los Angeles. For that decision
On the bright side, Powell and Enes Kanter made the most of their growing roles. Powell easily sliced off the Clippers’ defenses and blended things up with the effort of gripping and shooting from outside the arc. Although it does not appear in the final result. But Powell had the tools to be successful when sold-out opponents to stop former Raptors Guard Lillard scoring 32 points and four rebounds.
McCollum holds the reins.
With Lillard slacking, McCollum took the lead in facilitation, don’t miss out on the former Lehigh standout as an unstoppable offensive line-up. But the gravity he created was vastly different from his running teammates behind him.Yet McCollum and Kanter went two-man to perfection. Kantur, who was notched on two nights again, created a consistently pleasing look in the pick-and-roll set.
As a facilitator, McCollum recorded six assists and made one return. On top of that, he added 24 of his own points to the final count.
The Blazers won offensive rebounds, tried seven more free throws and made fewer turnovers in Tuesday’s loss. Regardless of those three satisfactory results, the Blazers ended up on the wrong double-digit edge. On paper, it is a perfect representation of the difficulties that poor defensive teams face against quality opponents.
Before the Blazers got their foundations, the Clippers scored 47 points in a single quarter, Paul George 22 points before the first Portland couple made their appearance. Even with better defensive performance in the last three quarters, the Clippers were able to shoot 51.7 percent off the field.
Before pulling the plug in the final four minutes, the Blazer had just six players with a double-digit number of minutes.For context, the Clippers had nine players above 10 minutes in that same intersection. In the points column, Portland’s reserves were 21 points from 24 off the field.Reggie Jackson, who played 26 minutes off the bench for the Clippers, recorded 23 points on 12 tries from the field.
The Blazers are back in action on Thursday to face jazz.