With Chicago Bulls, outside of Robin Lopez, looking every bit like the anti-Cheers team (where nobody knows your name), the Portland Trail Blazers got through their post-Nurkic hangover for a very easy 118-98 victory (Box score). There are no throwaway games in March, but this was as close as it gets. Nonetheless, here are a few initial thoughts.
- We learned little tonight. With these Bulls being utterly awful, we learned nothing. Kanter started in place of Nurkic, but there is no telling if that is a successful move against a team that looked like a D-League squad plus Lopez. All our questions are unanswered.
- All wins are valuable. Even if Portland struggles down the stretch (which is not a guarantee), every win makes it easier to avoid a worst-case-scenario plummet to face the Warriors in the first round.
- Let’s move on. There’s nothing else to do. Nurkic isn’t coming back this season, the Bulls are awful, and Portland got a chance to have basically an extended scrimmage to work out their new roles in the rotation. On to Atlanta.
As noted above, Blazers are at Atlanta, early evening (PDT) Friday.