Dropping your mouth guard on the court two different times after you foul out.
Accidentally taking Damian Lillard’s chair on the bench after you drop your mouthpiece twice and foul out.
Think about that sequence of unfortunate events for a moment….
Despite all of that, when Trail Blazers backup center Zach Collins fouled out in garbage time with 1:01 left in the game, Collins still was the guy to led the second unit on both ends in the 124-112 victory over the lowly Bulls on Wednesday night.
“It’s the first time I’ve been in foul trouble in a long time, that’s a positive,” Collins said.
But there was no doubt that the big fella was frustrated with recording six fouls.
Once Collins finally found his seat and not Lillard’s, his teammates Maurice Harkless and CJ McCollum were there to calm him down.
“They were just messing with me, giving me a hard time. CJ was telling me to breathe and Moe was giving me a little shoulder rub, so they're funny,” Collins said with a big smile.
“Yeah, he’s young so his energy is high. He just wants to be out. He gets frustrated sometimes. I reminded him to just relax. Namaste,” McCollum said with a smile.
Basketball fans can respect the energy that the Blazers 7-footer brings and for Collins, he was told to bring even a little more energy vs. the Bulls.
“A couple of coaches told me before the game, this is an energy game and we’re gonna have to come in there and be more energetic than the other team, compete harder, and that’s what we did,” Collins added.
Collins scored in double figure for the 12th time this season. The second-year player had been going through a bit of a slump and had not scored in double figures since December 25th.
Entering Wednesday’s game the Blazers bench was ranked 22nd in the league in scoring, averaging 33.9 points per game.
The Blazers’ second unit scored 56 points to Chicago’s bench of 41 points.
“They played well. Seth was aggressive. He was efficient. Zach rebounding. He did some different things for us. Meyers helped us out a lot. Stauskas was ready to play again tonight and they impacted the game,” McCollum said.
Seth Curry has been finding his rhythm offensively. Curry has now scored in double digits for the second straight game and the seventh time this season after he notched 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting, including 3-of-5 from three.
“We definitely played well. We kinda had a few lineups where we had our five bench guys were out there and it’s a lot of fun, moved the ball well, played at a good pace, and we kind of helped open that game up in the second half,” Curry said.
Portland’s second unit may have been more cohesive because the rotation was similar to how the Blazers started the season. Maurice Harkless (left knee soreness) did not play on Wednesday and like the start of the season, Jake Layman got the starting nod.
“I just think the lineup that we had out there tonight was really clicking. Obviously it was similar to how we started the season with that lineup, so we’ll see where it goes from here, but obviously, we played well,” Collins said.
The question still remains how long will Harkless be held out. It has been a difficult road for Harkless, but his absence, means opportunity for Nik Stauskas and the Blazers’ second unit to bring its magic that fans become accustom to at the start of the season.