The win couldn’t have been claimed without Shaedon Sharpe, who matched a season-high with 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season.
As Sharpe takes a larger role on the team, he’s beginning to feel more comfortable.
“It feels pretty good,” Sharpe said postgame. “10 rebounds you know can help my team and and in that aspect so it feels good to you know get a double double and and get the win with the team.”
If the Blazers are going to dig themselves out of the rebuild, Sharpe must play a key role. As the team’s first high lottery pick since Damian Lillard, Sharpe represents what the future can be. And if Sharpe can play at the level he was at on Thursday night, Portland has real potential as a team moving forward.
He’s only 20 years old and will only continue to get better. We shouldn’t expect double-doubles to be a nightly occurrence for Sharpe this season, but it’s a glimpse of what things could look like in a few years from now.
Sharpe and the Blazers are back in action tomorrow night against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m. PT.