Two days after putting off the upset in Golden State, the Blazers couldn’t keep up with the Warriors in Portland, falling 115-105. Let’s get to some essentials.
- Another huge night for Dame. Lillard scored 40 on 23 shots, but it just wasn’t enough against the defending champs.
- It was an “arm’s length” night. The Warriors pulled ahead fairly early, and kept the lead around 10 points most of the evening. This was the prototypical “Blazers make runs, opponent makes key plays to keep control all night” game.
- Engagement Level: 10. Well, maybe 9, but still. After a lackluster performance by both teams two days ago (despite the thrilling conclusion), both teams looked far more active at both ends of the court tonight.
- Don’t heave too hard or it gets hostile. Andre Iguodala was ejected at halftime when he threw his halfcourt shot far too hard, sailing it over the backboard into the crowd. It was deemed a “hostile act” and caused his ejection. It was that kind of night: Both teams were frustrated with the officials, and it led to 6 technical fouls overall to go with with Iggy’s exit.
- Long minutes for the starters. With Portland back in action 20 hours after the end of tonight’s game, the Blazers’ starters played long minutes, even as a comeback was unlikely.
No rest for the Blazers; the Philadelphia 76ers are in town tomorrow night.