After days of stewing about their dreadful loss to the Warriors, the Blazers played the Clippers to a standstill Thursday night. But Lou Williams and Kawhi Leonard tipped the scales, helping LA hold on to send the Blazers to their first 3-game losing streak of the season.
Anfernee loves LA. Simons took over the fourth quarter, personally keeping the Blazers ahead for most of the fourth. His 17 points led the bench.
A Tale of Two Whitesides. After a lackadaisical first half, Hassan Whiteside was called out by the hosts of TNT’s Inside the NBA during halftime. He came alive with a monster second half. Coincidence? You decide.
The Clippers did just enough. Portland kept it close or led all night long, and LA didn’t look much like a championship contender, making boneheaded errors mixed with random brilliance. Portland’s defense just had no answers down the stretch when the Clippers got locked in on offense.
The Blazers are back in action at home tomorrow night, against the Nets on ESPN.