The Trail Blazers preseason continued tonight in a game vs. Maccabi Haifa. With Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, and Hassan Whiteside all sitting out due to 'load management' the young Trail Blazers got some extra minutes tonight. Nassir Little left the game in the first half with a leg injury and did not return.
Here are three quick takeaways from the win from our NBC Sports team at the game:
Mike Richman, Reporter
This wasn't exactly a ringing endorsement for the Blazers championship caliber depth as the back half of the rotation struggled to completely pull away from Haifa all night. That said, Anfernee Simons showed some flashes of a special shooting touch and Zach Collins was the best big man on the floor. Not great, but not really meaningful. On to Saturday against Phoenix when the whole roster should be available.
Chris Burkhardt, Producer
Portland did exactly what they should have. Simons had a great game and showed he can be a spark plug off the bench. He can go from cold to red hot in seconds. He had a few 6-0 runs all by himself. That's the good side. On the bad side, we need to see more from Anthony Tolliver. Against a team like Maccabi Haifa, I expected him to get hot and find his groove. That wasn't the case. Instead, he was held scoreless through three quarters. The Blazers need him to find his shot... But, it's just preseason. Keep shaking that rust off and call me back when the games count.
Dwight Jaynes, Insider
Maccabi Haifa needs to quit scheduling NBA teams. It is now 0-20 against them with an average margin of defeat of about 30 points per game. Plus this nugget of fun:
Official box score for Haifa tonight has several players' names reversed. For my money, the greatest name I've ever seen in a box is No. 2, "Workman Willy." Isn't that a video game? pic.twitter.com/7BF8V34gPF— Dwight Jaynes (@dwightjaynes) October 11, 2019
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Up Next: The Trail Blazers host the Phoenix Suns for a 5pm tip-off on Saturday. The preseason game will air on NBC Sports Northwest and stream on the MyTeams app!
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