Blazers looking like the team Rip City was expecting to see at start of season
A quick look back
The Trail Blazers are riding a seven game winning streak overall after beating the Lakers on Monday night from Staples Center, 108-103.
The Blazers were down by as many as by 11 points in the fourth quarter, but Damian Lillard scored 19 of his game-high 39 points in the final quarter and also scored 15 straight for the Blazers to help Portland get the comeback victory. The Blazers have now won 15th straight in the series vs. the Lakers.
Many fans on social media have been talking about how seeing Jusuf Nurkic get another double-double vs. LA on Monday with 16 points and 16 rebounds and with Lillard putting up MVP numbers, this is what Blazer fans were expecting to see when the Blazers started the regular season back in October.
Portland will now being playing in the second night of a back-to-back with the Blazers hosting the Knicks on Tuesday.
New York has lost four in a row and 12 of its last 13 games and own the fifth-worst record in the East. New York is coming off a 102-99 road loss to the Kings on Sunday.
Tuesday’s contest will be the second and final meeting between the Blazers and Knicks this season. Portland beat New York, 103-91 on the road back on November 27th. Lillard led the charge with 32 points and five assists, while Pat Connaughton was a big spark off the bench adding 17 points in the win.
New York is 8-26 on the road this season, which is currently the third-fewest road victories in the East.
The Trail Blazers have listed Maurice Harkless (left knee) as questionable for Tuesday’s game vs. New York. Harkless went through a tough pregame workout before Monday’s game vs. the Lakers, but after the workout he told our Blazers Insider Jason Quick that he knee “doesn’t feel great.”
As for the Knicks, Kristaps Porzingis (torn left ACL), Joakim Noah (personal reasons) and Ron Baker (right shoulder surgery) are out for Tuesday’s matchup vs. the Blazers.
The Knicks are now 1-8 since Porzingis suffered his torn left ACL.
Blazers’ playoff picture update
With 18 games left in the regular season, Portland holds a one game lead over the San Antonio Spurs, New Orleans Pelicans and Minnesota Timberwolves to take sole possession of the number three spot in the Western Conference standings.
Portland currently holds a 38-26 record. The Blazers are now 20-11 at home this season.
***The standings are up to date as of Tuesday early afternoon.
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