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Instant Analysis: Hawks continue high-scoring tear in win over Trail Blazers

Instant Analysis: Hawks continue high-scoring tear in win over Trail Blazers

ATLANTA – With the Hawks playing on the second night of a back-to-back, the Portland Trail Blazers looked to take advantage of potentially tired legs. However, the young Hawks squad looked fresh following their 141-118 win over the Nets Friday night.

The Blazers jumped out to a 28-23 lead after one quarter.

In the fifth consecutive game that Damian Lillard has missed following a strained right groin, CJ McCollum continued to lead the Blazers in scoring.  He finished with 35 points. 

Atlanta caught fire in the second quarter, outscoring the Blazers 40-28 to take a 63-56 lead at the half.

The second half was much of the same: The Hawks took full advantage of the Trail Blazers’ defense.

As the Blazers were trying to dig themselves out of a hole, Portland lost backup guard Anfernee Simons to a left ankle sprain late in the third quarter. 

FINAL BOX SCORE: HAWKS 129, TRAIL BLAZERS 117

Here are three quick takeaways from Saturday’s loss:

1.  Hawks get it going from deep

Despite Atlanta being one of the worst three-point shooting teams in the league, the Hawks were knocking them down against Portland. The Blazers had a hard time putting any pressure on the Hawks from behind the arc. Portland’s three-point defense has been an issue all season. De’Andre Hunter really took advantage of the open threes, as did, Trae Young, Cam Reddish, and Kevin Huerter.

2.  Offense running through Melo

After starting the game 2-for-6 from the field, Carmelo Anthony continued to try find a way to get points on the board. The Trail Blazers made a conscious effort to get the ball on the block to Melo, especially early on. Whether it was his power step to the hoop or his fadeaway, the veteran power forward was looking to help his team fight back after being down by 20 points midway through the third quarter.  

3. Getting heated

Even though in third quarter it felt as if the game was slipping away from the Blazers, Portland was still putting a fight. Trevor Ariza and Trae Young got into it. After a video review, Ariza was called for the flagrant one. 

Blazers head coach Terry Stotts was hit with a technical foul in the first quarter after arguing a non-foul call.

Up Next: The Trail Blazers head to Orlando for the final game of this three-game road trip. The Blazers and Magic will tip-off at 4:00pm PT Monday on NBC Sports Northwest and the MyTeams App.

Be sure to check back throughout the night and tomorrow morning for analysis, articles, and videos from the players!

Blazers' draft workouts start with a bang with Wake Forest's John Collins

Blazers' draft workouts start with a bang with Wake Forest's John Collins

TUALATIN – One of the bigger names expected to workout for the Trail Blazers kicked off the team’s draft workouts on Wednesday when Wake Forest forward John Collins headlined a group of six prospects.

Collins, a 6-foot-10 big man, said he is intent on showing NBA teams that he is a power forward even though he spent most of his two seasons at Wake Forest playing center.

Collins, who attempted only one three-pointer in his two seasons in college while playing mostly with his back to the basket, said he has an outside game that can extend to the three-point line.

“I am a four,’’ Collins said, later explaining that he played center because it was best for his team. “I think I will be effective at the next level at the four position, and I think teams are starting to see that.’’

Collins is expected to be one of the players the Blazers are targeting for the 15th overall pick, but in many mock drafts he is projected to go sooner than 15. The Blazers also own the 20th and 26th pick in the June 22 draft.

The Blazers were the fourth team Collins has worked out for after Sacramento and Denver and the Lakers flew him in. Sacramento owns the fifth and 10th picks while Denver holds the 13th.

Collins said he is scheduled to workout for about five or six other teams.

On Wednesday, Collins competed against UCLA forward TJ Leaf – who is projected to be a late first-round pick – as a host of Blazers players, coaches and executives watched.

On hand was Blazers’ vice chairman Bert Kolde, owner Paul Allen’s right-hand man, as well as players Damian Lillard, Maurice Harkless, Allen Crabbe, Ed Davis, Jake Layman, Pat Connaughton and Tim Quarterman.

Coach Terry Stotts and president of basketball operations Neil Olshey directed the workout, but did not speak to the media before leaving for lunch with the prospects.

Collins, who will turn 20 in September, was a breakout player for Wake Forest this season, posting averages of 19.2 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks. He owned the No. 1 player-efficiency rating (PER) in all of college basketball last season.

Most of his offensive work was done inside, but he insisted that he has been showing teams he has more range.

“I want to show scouts and GMs that I can shoot the three,’’ Collins said. “I definitely think I can shoot the three – the jump shot has always been there. I’m extremely comfortable around the perimeter.’’

Collins has a Northwest background – he lived outside of Tacoma for about eight or nine years while his mother was stationed at McChord Air Force Base – before returning to West Palm Beach, Florida to be closer to family, who hails from the Virgin Islands.

He talked about his love of history and different cultures, the latter an interest that was on display in tattoos over his shoulders, biceps and forearms. His artwork showed influences that varied from Polynesian, to Egyptian to Native American to Asian.

“I like different cultures,’’ he said.

Whether Collins will get a chance to experience the Blazers’ culture will likely depend on whether he is still available when the 15th pick arrives. As he tells it, he had a good showing Wednesday to convince the Blazers’ think tank he is the right pick..

“I definitely think I played well – I’m a perfectionist, so I always get nitpicky about things here and there, but I think I had a great showing today,’’ Collins said.’’

Notes: Leaf, who could be a target at 20 or 26, said he thinks his game translates to the NBA. “With the shorter shot clock and how NBA is and the game is faster, it plays right into my hands,’’ Leaf said. “At UCLA we played really fast and were able to move the ball really quickly. I think that’s how I’m able to play -- stretch the floor, be able to attack bigger defenders and be able to pass -- I think it favors the NBA game now.’’ Leaf said this was his sixth workout for an NBA team.

Also working out were guards Sindarious Thornwell from South Carolina, Paris Bass from Detroit Mercy, Antonio Blakeney from LSU and Josh Hart from Villanova. Thornwell and Hart are projected to be mid-to-late second round picks.

Blazers workouts: Jordan Bell among up to 50 prospects scheduled for draft workouts

Blazers workouts: Jordan Bell among up to 50 prospects scheduled for draft workouts

Former Oregon Ducks stars Jordan Bell and Dillon Brooks will be among the players scheduled to work out for the Trail Blazers this month before the June 22 NBA Draft.

Workouts will start June 7th  and conclude on June 19.

The Blazers have been attending Agent Pro Days in various cities, but have yet to hold individual workouts.

Brooks will workout for the Blazers on June 10 and Bell on June 19. The Blazers are also scheduled to workout former Oregon guard Tyler Dorsey.

CSNNW has also confirmed other workout participants: North Carolina small forward Justin Jackson, Creighton center Justin Patton, Wake Forest forward John Collins, California forward Ivan Rabb, South Carolina guard Sindarious Thornwell and guard Terrance Ferguson, who last season eschewed a commitment to play at Arizona to play professionally in Australia.

Among the more intriguing of the confirmed prospects are Patton, an athletic and efficient 7-foot center who left Creighton after his redshirt freshman season, and Collins, a 6-foot-10, 225 pounder who left Wake Forest after his sophomore season, when he averaged 19.2 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks. The Blazers are also expected to attend Patton's Pro Day workout on Friday. 

Also, Ferguson, 19, is a 6-foot-7 shooting guard who averaged 4.6 points for Adelaide in Australia, where he elected to play after making commitments out of high school to play for Alabama, and then Arizona. He is regarded as one of the draft’s better shooters and he is also considered a team-oriented player who is adept at passing.

Anywhere from 35 to 50 players are expected to workout for the Blazers, who own three first round picks: 15, 20 and 26.

A source said all of the team’s targets have committed to a workout in Tualatin. The workouts will be June 7, 8, 9, 10, 12 and 19th.