ONTARIO, Calif. – Blazers fans were able to get their first real glimpse of the new Portland regime, headlined by draft picks Damian Lillard and Meyers Leonard during their 93-75 victory over the Kobe Bryant-less and Dwight Howard-less Lakers.
Lillard was as good as advertised, scoring 14 points with five rebounds and seven assists, and played as a floor leader in only 24 minutes of action. It appeared early on that he would come close to getting a triple-double. Lillard was responsible for covering the soon to be hall-of-fame PG Steve Nash who put up a team-high 13 points.
Leonard had a solid performance as well, scoring 10 points on 4-4 shooting. Center J.J. Hickson got the start with Leonard coming off of the bench. It’s uncertain who will be the starter for the regular season.
But perhaps the most talked, or joked, rather, arrival was that of SF Adam Morrison. Morrison, a former top-3 pick in the NBA has had a completely disappointing career. He even has stated that this is his last chance to really make a solid career in the league.
Morrison scored 9 points on 4-6 shooting against his former team.
But it wasn’t just the two rookie and Morrison’s debut, head coach Terry Stotts also was on display after replacing interim coach Caleb Kanales. Portland showed it wanted to use its youth by outscoring the aging Lakers 19-10 in fast break points. Stotts will use that speed throughout the season. The Blazers also played 11 different players in the first half.
“We still have a lot of work to do,” Stotts said to reporters after the game. “I thought Damian had a good first outing. He showed good signs, and the movement on our offense was pretty good. Defensively, we can get a lot better.”
Overall, it’s safe to say the Blazers were much more synchronized and playing as a team than would be expected with such a young team. There is still, though, a lot of room for growth.
The Blazers will play the Phoenix Suns at 7:00 pm PST on Friday.
|Blazers||LaMarcus Aldridge, F||24||4-12||0-0||6-7||8||3||0||1||1||14|
|Nicolas Batum, F||22||5-12||2-3||0-0||1||2||2||0||0||12|
|J.J. Hickson, F||18||3-6||0-0||0-0||5||1||0||3||1||6|
|Wesley Matthews, G||24||4-8||2-3||0-0||3||2||1||0||1||10|
|Damian Lillard, G||24||6-11||2-5||0-0||5||7||0||0||2||14|
|Victor Claver, F||12||1-3||0-2||1-1||1||0||1||1||2||3|
|Luke Babbitt, F||13||1-5||0-3||1-1||5||1||1||0||1||3|
|Joel Freeland, F||12||1-4||0-1||0-0||3||0||1||0||1||2|
|Adam Morrison, F||12||4-6||1-2||0-0||1||0||0||0||1||9|
|Jared Jeffries, F||12||1-1||0-0||0-0||2||0||0||0||0||2|
|Sasha Pavlovic, F||15||1-5||1-3||0-0||2||1||2||0||0||3|
|Meyers Leonard, C||18||4-4||0-0||2-3||5||0||0||0||2||10|
|Nolan Smith, G||21||1-6||1-2||0-0||4||3||0||0||0||3|
|Ronnie Price, G||16||1-2||0-0||0-0||3||3||0||0||3||2|
|Lakers||Pau Gasol, F||30||3-12||0-0||2-2||3||4||0||3||1||8|
|Metta World Peace, F||30||6-10||0-3||0-0||5||3||1||0||2||12|
|Robert Sacre, C||21||2-5||0-0||4-4||3||1||1||1||1||8|
|Steve Nash, G||25||6-9||0-2||1-1||4||4||2||0||2||13|
|Jodie Meeks, G||24||1-7||0-2||4-4||5||1||0||0||0||6|
|Antawn Jamison, F||28||2-7||0-2||0-0||7||1||1||0||2||4|
|Devin Ebanks, F||17||3-8||1-2||3-4||4||0||1||0||2||10|
|C. Douglas-Roberts, F||14||2-5||1-2||2-2||1||1||1||1||1||7|
|Earl Clark, F||9||0-1||0-0||0-0||1||1||2||0||0||0|
|Greg Somogyi, C||5||0-0||0-0||0-0||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|Ronnie Aguilar, C||4||0-0||0-0||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Andrew Goudelock, G||6||1-2||0-1||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||2|
|Darius Morris, G||6||1-1||0-0||3-4||1||0||0||0||1||5|
|Steve Blake, G||15||0-1||0-1||0-0||3||2||1||0||3||0|
|Chris Duhon, G||8||0-3||0-1||0-0||1||0||0||0||0||0|