Just move on to the next one. Nothing to see here.
Portland shot an abysmal 39% percent from the field (which even at that was considerably padded by garbage time) and made only 8 threes in by far their worst scoring output of the season. We’re talking garbage time midway through the third quarter bad.
Meanwhile, the Lakers got everything they needed and more from Anthony Davis, who was all the national media berated him over the past 48 hours for not being in Game 1, dominating the Blazers with 31 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists.
Box Score if you dare.
Save this man’s finger
It was ugly, but possibly even more concerning news came near the end of the third quarter when Damian Lillard exited the game after what was later reported to be a dislocated left index finger. He looked visibly frustrated before heading to the locker room. He did return to the bench but didn’t see any more action with the game clearly out of reach.
Damian Lillard appears to injure left index finger, heads back to locker room. pic.twitter.com/xZJvSx9QmO— NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) August 21, 2020
Updates sure to come.
Not a barn burner
The Lakers jumped out to an early lead and never quite let up. After being held to just 35% shooting in Game 1, L.A. showed little discomfort on offense while the Blazers looked simply overwhelmed.
The top scoring team of the bubble looked anything but with a hounding Laker defense forcing the Blazers into a frantic pace that isn’t their game and it showed. For almost the entirety of the game, Portland looked totally unable to match L.A.’s intensity and got beaten at just about every level.
The end result was a tied series and some very serious questions facing the Blazers going forward.
The Blazers will try to recover in Game 3 Saturday evening at 5:30 p.m. Pacific.