The Trail Blazers rough start to the season hit another bump in the road when they welcomed the defending champion Toronto Raptors to town.
Things looked promising early, with the Blazers jumping out to the early double-digit lead. The starting lineup looked rejuvenated and the Moda Center crowd was electric, all thanks to Nassir Little. The promising rookie got his first career start and did not disappoint. His chase-down block in the first half looked to be a game-changer, but in the end, the Raptors were too much.
With both teams tied at 94 early in the fourth quarter, Toronto went on a 14-0 run that the Blazers never rebounded from.
Portland drops one to the Raptors, 114-106, and falls to 4-8 on the season
Kent Bazemore on team’s struggles:
We just need to continue to play hard until we figure it out. As long as we keep providing the effort, things will turn… this is a winning team, and will be there when the time is right.
Rodney Hood on how it felt to get back on the court:
I’m pretty sore right now, but I felt good once I got going up and down a couple times throughout the game. It’s feeling better.
Coach Stotts on the first start for rookie Nassir Little:
I thought he had a really good game, I thought he held his own with (Pascal) Siakam defensively, brought a lot of energy, and played hard. So I was very pleased with the way he played.
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Damian Lillard has scored fewer than 10 points in just 12 of his 560 regular season games.— Peter Socotch (@PSocotchNBCS) November 14, 2019
The last time it happened was 11/9/16 vs. LAC. He had 8 points.
It is the 2nd time vs. TOR, scored 9 pts vs. Raptors on 12/10/12
Nassir with the chase-down block, then roars with enough energy to keep Moda lit for the rest of the night. #RipCity— Chris Burkhardt (@CBurkhardtNBCS) November 14, 2019
You’re going to see more teams attempt to defend CJ and Dame the way Toronto is tonight. They will live with anyone else taking a wide open shot— Nate Jones (@JonesOnTheNBA) November 14, 2019
I love seeing hood at the 3— Chad Doing 🎙 (@ChadinRipCity) November 14, 2019
NASSIR LITTLE IS EVERYWHERE!?!?— Danny Marang (@DMarang) November 14, 2019
After talking with Rodney Hood over the last few days it was obvious he was so eager to get back out there and now he’s showing how much he wanted to be back helping his teammates 👌👌👌— Jamie Hudson (@JamieHudsonNBCS) November 14, 2019
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