UPDATE: The Blazers pulled out a late victory over the Suns, 115-110. As is traditional in early preseason games, the benches finished off the game. A few of the Blazers’ deeper bench players led the way.
Shabazz Napier led the Blazers in scoring with 20 points, and Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum scored 18 and 13, respectively. But the player of the game was Noah Vonleh, who (literally) rebounded from a poor start, dominating the Suns’ bench in the fourth quarter. He finished with 14 points and 14 rebounds.
For the Suns, Devin Booker was a wrecking ball, shooting 15-23 for 34 points in 30 minutes. He reminded the Blazers that their defense still needs some work. And even then, he may score anyway.
The Blazers have a few nights off, and head down to Los Angeles for two games, against the Lakers Tuesday night on NBA TV, and the Clippers Thursday night on TNT.
Another fun game tonight. No full recap due to scheduling issues! Hang out in the comments below and enjoy the changing opinions about Vonleh. — Tim
Phoenix coach Earl Watson: "We're kind of like the beginning phase of who Portland used to be."— Jason Quick (@jwquick) October 8, 2016
Tonight in Portland, the Blazers continue their preseason campaign, taking on the Phoenix Suns. According to coach Terry Stotts, the Blazers will regain two members of their team for the game.
Terry Stotts said both Noah Vonelh and Jake Layman are available and will play tonight.— Mike Richman (@mikegrich) October 8, 2016
And it looks like Stotts will change the starting lineup from the previous game.
Looks like Terry Stotts will start Lillard, McCollum, Crabbe, Aminu and Plumlee in Exhibition Game #2 vs. Phoenix— Jason Quick (@jwquick) October 8, 2016
How To Watch Suns vs. Blazers:
Location: Moda Center, Portland, OR
Time: 7:00 pm, PDT
TV: CSN NW (in Portland)
Online Streaming: Available on Playstation Vue in Portland area
Radio: Rip City Radio, 620 am
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