Lady delivers, but blazers buried by pelicans – archyde

the Portland Trailblazer could not continue their modest winning streak on Tuesday evening and lost to the hosts New Orleans Pelikane with a score of 111-97, only to drop to 2-12 away this season. Portland stayed around thanks to a phenomenal performance from Damian Lillard – who led all scorers on the night by 39 points – but couldn’t get enough help to beat the pesky Pels.

New Orleans was led by Brandon Ingram, who ended up with a nearly triple-double of 28 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Second year Nickeil Walker-Alexander also caused a big spark for the team from the bench and caught fire in the fourth quarter as part of a 27-point night.

A quarterly breakdown can be found in our Instant summary. Here are the main storylines from Tuesday’s promotion:

Vintage Dame

Lillard continued his hot run from the team’s back-to-back wins, walking 13-24 off the field, 6-11 out of three, and 7-8 off the line, all while scoring seven assists. Unfortunately, because of the letter ‘o’, the game was a familiar story in a season that was largely unfamiliar to him. While he was great, his teammates couldn’t shoulder the load on the goal except for short sprints. The Pels were able to focus on him defensively, which limited his effectiveness as the game progressed.

Dame led Portland through a tight first half at 22, but when his shots failed to go off in the third quarter, the Pelicans took the opportunity to distance themselves. Norman Powell had his moments but could never really find a rhythm. Jusuf Nurkic got off to a great start to the game, but seemed to run out of breath in the second half and struggle with foul. No player had one Poorly Achievement, but the team needed someone to play a bigger role and no one was able to answer that call.

The size is important

The depth (and length) of Portland’s forecourt was tested against the pelicans and failed. Cody Zeller is already few and far between at the beginning of the season, but the long absence of Cody Zeller leaves the team with Nurkic only one real center. Despite an unusually quiet night, Jonas Valanciunas used the advantage offensively and absolutely dominated the glass with 16 rebounds. In fact, the Pelicans won the rebound fight 44-31 as Larry Nance Jr. was the only blazer with more than five on the night.

In addition, Brandon Ingram took advantage of economies of scale on the wing and was guarded for much of the night by either the much smaller Powell or the much slower Robert Covington. Ingram used his formidable combination of length, grip and speed to give the Portland defenders fit. He was only 2-7 from range, but did most of his damage either in the mid-section on the pull-up or by pulling to the edge.

Bank battle

In the end, it was the exploits of Alexander-Walker that finally sank the Blazers, scoring 18 hits in the fourth quarter alone. He only recorded 30% of the night shooting from outside the bow, but offensively used too much space to finish 6: 9 from downtown. He teamed up with Willy Hernangomez (13 points, six rebounds) to create a strong inside-outside combination on the Pelicans bench that outperformed their Portland counterparts 40-15.

The Blazer subs struggled mightily to generate an offensive, especially Anfernee Simons. Ant was only 1-9 in 31 minutes of action. Robert Covington and Ben McLemore combined only 3-12 out of three. Trendon Watford was the only other reservation that saw time and recorded four minutes. With the production of Alexander-Walker and Hernangomez, Portland needed a lot more of their second unit to contain the tide.



The Blazers are expected to host the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. PT. The Nets’ last two games have been postponed due to a COVID outbreak but are currently expected to travel to Portland before their Christmas game against the Nets Los angeles lakers.

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