Portland Trail Blazers: 3 takeaways from Game 1 loss vs. Warriors

Toby Graves
May 16, 2019

Damian Lillard has led Portland this postseason, averaging 28.4 points and 6.0 assists per game.

"So many years I've watched Steph play in the Western Conference final, the National Basketball Association finals - being in the crowd", 28-year-old Seth said after the Trail Blazers edged the Denver Nuggets 100-96 in game seven of their second-round series on Sunday.

The Warriors are certainly aware that as "a guy who's been doubted forever", Lillard has a point to prove against them. Can Portland get the same type of showing in a road Game 7? Also, he averages fewer assists in Denver's wins this series. "We just have to go out there and do it. Put it on the floor".

Toronto has leaned heavily on Leonard all season long and Sunday he delivered with the help of his supporting staff. Serge Ibaka had 17 points, Kyle Lowry chipped in 10 and Marc Gasol grabbed 11 rebounds. Free throws kept it in the game, as Denver connected on 30 of 32 from the line, but the Nuggets missed a lot of makable shots.

Zach Collins has been a big defensive presence off the Blazers bench, and Hood's offense has been essential. He's out for tonight's game with a calf injury, and there's a question mark around his status for the rest of the series.

"The only difference is that Jordan's wasn't a buzzer beater and it didn't have the finality as it wasn't a game seven".

"Jordan was 15 of 35 for 45 points against the Jazz and Leonard was 16 of 39 for 41 points". Not a single player on either team scored more than 20 points.

The wear of battling for six games, including a four-overtime marathon in Game 3, was obvious late Thursday. It will be interesting to see how Terry Stotts and Co. adjust in Game 2.

He was simply unstoppable early in the game, but it could have even been worse for Portland. The Trail Blazers All-Star point guard struggled to get open looks. Draymond Green accidentally jabbed James Harden in the eye during Game 1, causing him significant discomfort throughout the series.

"Against Boston, you can go down 1-0 and still be fine".

Over its last five outings, Portland is 2-3 ATS with 4 overs and 1 under.

Nuggets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss.

The Nuggets shot just 2-for-19 from 3-point range in Game 7, and Jokic was the only Nugget to make the two 3-pointers.

Of the fourteen possible games only one is a colour on colour matchup, everything else gets the more traditional treatment of white at home and colours on the road.

The Raptors are 32-9 on their home court.

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