Check out our Scoop postgame show below where we talk about Simons and Collins plus a look at CJ McCollum's new shoe release, and of course I'm taking your questions throughout the live stream! In the off-season, the Trail Blazers traded the No.
Game film piles up, and eventually opposing defenses start to adapt. That adaptation forces coaches to work in new wrinkles, which Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts has slowly done during his six seasons in Rip City. Split cuts became well known in modern NBA offenses thanks in part to the Golden State Warriors, who use them to counteract defenders playing too high on screens for shooters. The basic idea of a split cut is pretty simple.
It involves having a screener cut to the basket quickly after setting a screen on an opposing player, usually a shooter. At their core, split cuts are dummy screens for 3-point shots. A player moves toward a teammate to give him a screen, presumably to get that player a shot at the arc. If the defense jumps high to defend that 3-point shot, the screener then cuts toward the basket just a touch early and usually has an open look at the rim. Watch the full video above to see how split cuts work in action, and look for new adaptations of this theory as the season goes on in Portland.
The Trail Blazers opened the season with a victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, extending their winning streak against the Lakers to 16 games and their winning streak in home openers to 18! Here's what our Blazers Outsiders think following the big win. Like all of Rip City, I'm obviously thrilled with the Blazers 16th!
ET running the second unit was beautiful to watch; highlighted by Collins' defense and Sauce pouring in The Spurs will be a fun test on Saturday. I'll be looking forward to the bench play most of all, to see if this is the new normal, or if the Lakers are just not very good.
The Trail Blazers definitely have some weak spots still, but the strong points overshadowed those by far. The Lakers legitimately are the worst three-point shooting team in the NBA, Dame is looking very Dame-ish as always, Zach is looking poised and confident, Aminu didn't break our hearts with a million three attempts, and Nik Stausaks is our new lord and savior.
Build the man a statue outside the Moda already; I'll pitch in for the fees. His name is Nik Stauskas. If you didn't know it before, you know it now. The man known as Sauce Castillo poured in 24 points off the bench, including from deep.
Sure, this level of play may not be sustainable for the entire season, but what we saw Thursday was simply amazing. Questions filled the air entering the season when the Blazers let Pat Connaughton go. Fans worried if Stauskas could fill the void.
He slammed the door shut on those worries. Stauskas' performance was so jaw-dropping that we are barely talking about Zach Collins and his six blocks!
Collins looked out of sorts early on but made some great adjustments as the game progressed and his defense was key to the Blazers victory. It's still early, but I really liked what I saw in Game 1. From there on out it was Stauskas Time! Retrieved October 24, Portland is not just running away from everybody in the NBA, it's mounting an assault on the record books as well".
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Views Read Edit View history. Walton finished with 28 points and 20 rebounds. In Game 2 four nights later, the Sixers won handily, — Jones and Dawkins handled Walton easily, while the Sixers dominated in the second quarter, scoring 14 points in one three-minute stretch on their way to a 61—43 halftime lead.
The game became very physical with about five minutes left. In Game 3, played on Sunday, May 29, Lucas strode directly to the Philadelphia bench, then startled everybody, including Dawkins, by sticking out his hand for a shake. The Blazers had a high scoring attack to win the game.
Lucas contributed 27 points and 12 rebounds. Walton had nine assists, 20 points, and 18 rebounds. Twardzik, too, had returned to speed, driving the Portland offense along to a point fourth quarter. They won —, closing the series gap to 2—1. In Game 4, Portland opened up a quick point lead, then cruised to a —98 win. Walton was sent to the bench with five fouls in the third. With a little more than eight minutes left in Game 5, Portland led 91—69 and the crowd was headed home.
Erving rallied the Sixers to make it respectable at the end, — He had managed 37 points in the game. Gross scored 25 points to lead the Blazers, while Lucas had 20 with 13 rebounds. Walton finished with 24 rebounds and 14 points. In the sixth and deciding game, Walton had 20 points, 23 rebounds, eight blocks and seven assists.
The Portland lead was still 12 with half of the fourth quarter left when Erving led his teammates on one final run. At the four-minute mark, the lead was cut to four, — McGinnis hit a jumper, and the lead was only two points with 18 seconds left. The Sixers needed a turnover, and they finally got it from McGinnis, who was able to force a jump ball with Gross.
With eight seconds remaining, Erving put up a jumper in the lane but missed. Free got the ball and lofted a baseline shot and missed too.
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