Updated: Dec 8, 2018
Blazers Burn Suns in 22 Point Blowout Win
The Blazers got off to a hot start on offense and defense holding the Suns to 9 points in the first quarter and never let off the gas. Damian Lillard once again leads the Blazers to an easy win over the Suns scoring 25 points and adding 8 assists in 28 minutes. The rebuilding Suns never really had any rhythm on offense or defense and were led by Troy Daniels who scored 15 points off the bench in 22 minutes. The always exciting Jake Layman added a career high 24 points after 5 DNP’s in a row. Portland now improves to 14-11 on the season and the Suns drop to 4-21.
Seth Curry scored 3 points while getting the start tonight replacing the injured CJ McCollum who was out due to an ankle sprain suffered in the previous loss to the Mavs. The Bosnian Beast added 9 points, Aminu scored 8, and Harkless ended the game with 6 points. Layman wasn’t the only Blazer to play well off the bench; Zack Collins scored 10 points, ET added 8 points, and Sauce Castillo contributed 9 points in a balanced effort. While the Suns may not be the toughest opponent, any win in the Western Conference is big considering last season 3rd place and 8th place in the Western Conference were only separated by 2 wins.
There are few positives to take away if you’re a Suns fan other than you got one game closer to this season being over and to the draft being closer. No matter how important of a player is out with an injury, or how much of a “rebuild” you’re in, there’s no excuse for the way the Suns played tonight. Tanking in the NBA is a real thing and the Suns seem to be executing that perfectly. Being held to single digit points in the first quarter in 2 consecutive games is unheard of, but that’s the Suns season. No matter what side of the “should teams be rewarded for tanking” argument you’re on, you can’t enjoy watching a team play that bad of offense for 48 minutes.
· With 4:53 left in the first quarter Jake Layman continued his hot start with a two handed alley-oop dunk off a Lillard lob. Layman electrified the crowd by scoring 15 points in the first Quarter.
· Damian Lillard continued to silence the haters with a great defensive play with 6:45 left in the second quarter. Lillard played the passing lane perfectly and got a steal which led to an uncontested one handed dunk. Lillard finished the first half with a game high 21 points.
· Although he never really got going on the night Zach Collins provided a nice highlight with a little more than 9 minutes left in the 4th quarter; he came across the weak side to get a contested put back dunk off an Evan Turner miss. The next offensive possession Evan Turner crosses over Bender and heaves a quick shot to beat the shot clock, it hits the back iron and Collins comes across for a second consecutive put back. Ed Davis must be proud.
Who Got Next
The Trail Blazers stay at home and take on the energized Minnesota Timberwolves. The Timberwolves (13-12) come in to the game in 10th place in the west but winners of 7 of their last 10 games. Since the Jimmy Butler trade the Timberwolves have played well due to better team basketball and a more balanced roster and improved play of Karl Anthony-Towns. The Trail Blazers and Timberwolves have split the season series 1-1 as Minnesota beat the Blazers by 18 back on November 16th. The game will be at Moda Center this coming Saturday at 7:00 PM, and will be aired on NBC Sports Northwest. You can also listen in to the always entertaining Brian Wheeler on Rip City Radio 620 AM.