Damian Lillard shines alone in the Portland fog

After a two-game winning streak at home against the tired Mavericks, the Blazers, without Luka Doncic, continue their bad streak on the road with their eighth straight loss. Not so embarrassing this time as it’s in Denver where the Nuggets are undefeated for 14 games!

But a gamer has little to be ashamed of, and this is still the case Damian Lillard. The game’s leading scorer scored 44 points on 6/12 on 12/20 shooting, including 14/14 free throws from 3-point range. He also adds 8 assists. In four games, he averaged 42.5 points, shooting over 55%!

“I changed my plans” he announced after the Blazers’ losing streak to justify their recent hot streak on offense, though he wanted to make more room for his teammates on offense this season. “I just attack the defense, get inside, get into the key and attack the circle”. Aggressiveness that opens up spaces for teammates. “We have to find the right balance to make it easier for them.”.

The problem is that his lieutenants lack discipline and they ended the year wrong. The proof of that second half is that the Blazers finished a terrible 2-of-15 from 3-point range. However, the Blazers only trailed 106-99 with eight minutes left in the game. In addition, they would miss seven straight shots, including five 3-pointers. Under these conditions, it is impossible to create a surprise against the leaders of the Western Conference.

Anfernee Simons struggles to place herself

Despite these setbacks and a very mediocre game, Chauncey Billups is quite pleased with the performance his players have produced. “I think we played well” he explained. “We didn’t win the match, but we played well. We had tough transitions that hurt us.”.

Except for the correct reception Jeremy GrantDamian Lillard, who scored 18 points against his former teammates, still lacked support. Anfernee Simons Had a tough game with 2/10 on 5/15 shooting from 3-point range as well as 4 free throws. In general, the latter seems lost next to Damian Lillard in “offensive” mode. Perhaps the solution would be to bring him off the bench to return to a first-choice role.

under the panels, Yusuf Nurkic Eaten by Nikola Jokic who went 12 of 12 with 2 points! As for Josh Harthe brought only 4 minor points.

It’s their 10th loss in 14 games, and the franchise has fallen to 11th place outside the play-in zone in the Western Conference. A six-game home streak will reveal more about this team’s true potential, which remains enigmatic.

Shots It bounces
Players GM Minimum Shots 3 points LF Turn off Def Early p.d bp Int CT party Points
Damian Lillard 31 35.6 45.0 36.1 89.2 0.6 3.3 3.9 7.1 3.2 0.9 0.3 1.9 28.8
Anfernee Simons 41 35.8 44.2 37.4 89.8 0.3 2.6 2.9 4.0 2.1 0.8 0.3 2.5 21.9
Jeremy Grant 41 35.7 49.3 42.8 79.4 1.0 3.3 4.3 2.5 1.9 0.9 0.8 2.4 21.7
Yusuf Nurkic 38 28.5 53.5 40.2 68.9 2.4 7.6 10.0 3.0 2.6 0.9 0.9 3.7 14.7
Josh Hart 41 34.3 50.3 33.3 74.2 2.0 6.4 8.4 4.1 1.7 1.1 0.2 2.7 9.7
Shaedon Sharpe 42 19.7 46.9 34.0 61.1 0.8 1.7 2.5 0.5 0.7 0.4 0.2 1.6 7.5
Justise Winslow 29 26.8 40.9 31.1 71.4 1.7 3.3 5.0 3.4 1.5 1.0 0.4 3.1 6.8
Nasser Little 22 15.3 47.4 39.6 65.2 0.4 2.0 2.3 0.9 0.6 0.4 0.2 0.9 5.7
Drew Eubanks 41 18.2 73.4 75.0 67.9 1.5 2.9 4.3 1.0 0.8 0.5 1.0 2.1 5.5
Trendon Watford 30 15.8 54.2 33.3 78.3 0.7 2.9 3.6 1.5 0.9 0.4 0.1 1.8 4.9
Gary Payton II 5 16.1 83.3 100.0 0.0 0.0 2.2 2.2 2.0 1.0 1.4 0.0 2.6 4.8
Keon Johnson 22 11.5 36.1 33.3 38.5 0.3 1.2 1.5 1.0 1.2 0.5 0.2 1.2 4.5
Jabari Walker 27 9.2 40.7 18.8 66.7 1.0 1.4 2.4 0.6 0.4 0.1 0.2 1.3 2.4
Greg Brown III 13 6.3 45.8 16.7 41.7 0.2 1.2 1.4 0.1 0.5 0.3 0.4 0.8 2.2
John Butler 4 3.9 33.3 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.3 0.5 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.5

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