With the Moda Center crowd behind them, the Trail Blazers got out to a quick start with multiple players getting involved on the offensive end as Portland hosted the banged-up Raptors on Wednesday night.
The game was tied 94-94 late, but then the Raptors went on a 14-0 run. Portland wasn’t able to recover after that.
Toronto showed how good of a defensive team it can be. The Raptors locked down on Damian Lillard all night. They held Lillard to just nine points. The last time Lillard was held to single-digit scoring was November 9th, 2016 vs. the L.A. Clippers.
Here are three quick takeaways from the Blazers loss to the Raptors:
1. Another hot start for Portland
Despite being the team who was on the second night of a back-to-back, the Blazers jumped out to a 14-2 lead over the Raptors. Toronto, as NBA teams do, responded quickly and got back in the game after hitting a couple of threes and by the three-minute mark of the first quarter, the game looked in reach for both teams.
2. Hood looked like himself and then some
The Trail Blazers welcomed back their starting small forward Rodney Hood on Wednesday night after Hood had missed the last two games dealing with back spasms.
Over the last couple of days, it was apparent that Hood was trying to be patient and get back to feeling as close to 100 percent as possible, but it was also clear that he was very eager to get back out there and help his team. He helped out in a big way in his return -- scoring in multiple ways, and being that knockdown three-pointer shooter the Blazers have really missed over the last couple of games.
3. Raptors dealing with just as many injuries as Blazers
The defending champs looked a bit different on Wednesday night due to offseason moves and current injuries.
For Toronto, the Raptors were without OG Anunoby (Right eye contusion), Serge Ibaka (Sprained right ankle), Kyle Lowry (Distal phalanx fracture – left thumb), and Patrick McCaw (Left knee surgery).
The Raptors relied on Pascal Siakam, which they have done a lot so far in this early season. Blazers rookie Nassir Little saw a good majority of minutes guarding Siakam. Little proved he could hang with the four-year power forward. Hassan Whiteside also helped off Marc Gasol to alter Siakam’s shots at the rim.
Siakam, however, got it going later with pull-up jumpers, fadeaways, and buckets at the rim.
Up Next: Portland will hit the road once again. This time for a six-game, 12-day trip. The Blazers will tip-off the trip in San Antonio. The Blazers and Spurs battle it out on Saturday night at 5:30p.m. PT.
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