Tonight's Summer League loss to the Denver Nuggets was brutal.
The team's lethargic, unfocused, undisciplined play was nearly unwatchable for Blazers fans and observers who have come to expect a team that brings it every night, plays smart and often plays above its head. Tonight, observers, at least those that made it through the whole game, were treated to a team that didn't bring any intensity to the defensive end or to the glass, played uncertain, unintelligent team basketball, and allowed Denver's full court press to make them look much worse than we've seen earlier this week.
Summer League Coach Joe Prunty called the overall team effort "unacceptable" roughly 15 times in 6 minutes during his postgame media availability and ended one memorable, frustrated flourish with a jab at the team's collective heart: "There's a point where you've got to have pride." He followed that jab with a knockout right when asked how he felt, "I'm not happy. I'm not sure what to say. I don't want to lose. I don't understand the question." Prunty was seriously pissed.
PPS Bayless went down late in the fourth quarter with "right calf spasms." He sported big ice packs on both legs after the game but said he was fine and "hoped to play" tomorrow night. He is listed as day-to-day.
PPS Both Coach Prunty and Bayless singled out diminutive point guard Pooh Jeter (15 points on 5 of 10 shooting) for praise. However neither wanted to talk about anything positive.