With the ill Hassan Whiteside temporarily joining Jusuf Nurkic, Zach Collins, Rodney Hood, and Skal Labissiere on the sidelines, the Trail Blazers were heavy underdogs against the road-trip-weary Bucks. And that’s just how it played out: Milwaukee took care of business 122-101, leading to fourth quarter garbage time.
Damian Lillard had 26 points in 35 minutes, CJ McCollum had 20 points on 19 shots, and Carmelo Anthony had 19 points on 7-17 shooting.
There were no takeaways from a game like this, but nonetheless...
- No normal games against Milwaukee. Lillard missed the first meeting. Whiteside missed the second. Each time the Blazers tossed out some unconventional lineups, and made the Bucks adjust on the fly.
- It could have been worse. Portland gave a fairly inspired effort, running around the court and trying to keep up with the league’s top team. Milwaukee wasn’t playing their best, but they were simply better, and wore the Blazers down as the game progressed.
- Let’s pretend it didn’t happen. Nobody will remember this game in April, anyway.
The Blazers have a day off at home, then take on the Charlotte Hornets Monday night.