The Portland Trail Blazers kind of needed this road game tonight against the Chicago Bulls. Coming in just two games in the loss column ahead of the eighth-seeded Phoenix Suns, Portland was not trying to put together one of the worst collapses in recent memory.
With LaMarcus Aldridge scoring just five points against the Bulls’ stingy defense, the Trail Blazers needed to find some sort of alternative. So Portland just rained down 3-pointer after 3-pointer on Chicago. Funny thing is the Bulls attempted to do the same thing to Portland. The only problem there was that the Bulls were a ghastly 3-of-17 from way yonder, while the Trail Blazers were a mighty 10-of-22.
That’s a big difference and why the final score, which was 91-74 in favor of Portland, is somewhat misleading; the game was really a total crushing of the Bulls. Nicolas Batum and Damian Lillard, who combined to go 7-of-12 from 3-point land, no doubt led the way in the barrage. And it’s all really telling for Portland, because the confidence of this team had to have taken a major hit after falling from the ranks of the NBA‘s elite to facing the possibility of not even getting in the playoffs at all.
Bringing the ruckus the way the Trail Blazers did in Chicago was definitely a statement to the rest of the league. This team is not scared. They aren’t going to back down. And if you eliminate their best player, Portland will just rain down 3-pointers like there’s no tomorrow.