It was a night full of young Suns players getting most of the playing time and plenty of preseason mistakes for both teams as the Trail Blazers hosted Phoenix on Saturday night.
Portland started the game off with two quick turnovers each coming after a miscue in the pick and roll.
Despite the sloppy play, the Blazers and Suns quickly started heating up from downtown and it was CJ McCollum who led the charge on the offensive end for Portland.
Here are three quick takeaways from the loss from our NBC Sports team at the game:
Mike Richman, Reporter
The Blazers defense was mostly a nightmare. It would be foolish to overreact to a preseason game, but we haven't seen this team play good defense at any point during the exhibition season. They've got 10 days to figure it out before the games start to count. Sunday is an off day, which means Monday's film session will probably be long and full of defensive lowlights.
Jamie Hudson, Reporter
It felt like the Phoenix Suns could not miss from the three-point line from start to finish of this game. So the question is: Was that just preseason basketball or were the Blazers just a step too slow on rotating on the perimeter because they’re still working out the kinks? It’s probably a little bit of both. Plus, the Blazers were without starting wing Rodney Hood who was out with back spasms. One thing is certain – the Blazers will be looking at game film of the Suns’ made three-pointers.
Chris Burkhardt, Producer
We saw a couple of things Saturday that stood out. First, Coach Stotts experimented with Anthony Tolliver starting at power forward, bringing Collins off the bench. I love the fact the roster allows Stotts to tinker so much. Realistically, this could be something we see in the regular season, especially if Pau Gasol takes a while to heal up.
Back to Tolliver though. I was impressed with how he moved and communicated on both sides of the ball. He fills a lot of holes defense and is always talking to the other four Blazers on the floor. That veteran savvy is why the Blazers brought him in.
The second thing we saw tonight was the Dame-CJ-Ant three-guard lineup. That group has a lot of potential to drop buckets. At the very least, it's fun to watch. On to the next.
Up Next: The Trail Blazers visit the Utah Jazz for a 6pm tip-off on Wednesday.
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