Trail Blazers

Summer League coach Roy Rogers says "welcome to the NBA" after Thursday's blowout loss

Trail Blazers

It wasn't pretty Thursday in Las Vegas for the Portland Trail Blazers.

Portland started Summer League, 2-0.

But the Blazers looked like a different team against Indiana as the Pacers came out on top, 97-64, after a dominating third quarter.

Trail Blazers Summer League coach Roy Rogers had a message for his squad after the blowout loss.

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“I told the guys after the game, I said, ‘welcome to the NBA.’

“This is what happens – you start feeling too good about yourselves and you play a team that’s desperate for a win, they’re 0-2, and they jumped out on us.”

Blazers rookie forward Greg Brown was the second leading scorer Thursday night with 12 points on 50% shooting.

 

He also showed off his athleticism once again.

Antonio Blakeney led the way in the loss with 15.

The Pacers took a 44-37 halftime lead thanks to their physical play on both ends of the floor, while the Blazers didn’t look like the same team offensively after their shots were falling at a high clip in the team's first two games.

"We couldn’t run our offense," Brown said postgame. "We couldn’t come off screens and get what we wanted. Defensively, they killed us on the boards. We missed some rotations. We got manhandled tonight."

The Blazers committed 22 turnovers while shooting just 33.3% from the field and 20% from three.

Portland has just one more Summer League left on the schedule before the tournament portion begins with the Championship game slated for Aug. 17.

All Summer League games are broadcasted on either NBA TV or ESPN’s family of networks. You can also stream the games on NBA.com and ESPN.com.

This year’s Summer League runs from Aug. 8-17. Here are the Blazers results and remaining preliminary game:

Portland Trail Blazers 93, Charlotte Hornets 86

Portland Trail Blazers 86, Los Angeles Clippers 66

 

Indiana Pacers 97, Portland Trail Blazers 64

Saturday, Aug. 14 --

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Phoenix Suns, 6 p.m., NBA TV