NBA Summer League: Blazers Rally Comes Up Short In Loss To Clippers

July 15th, 2010 by Nick Poust Leave a reply »
The third game of the Portland Trail Blazers Summer League schedule against the Los Angeles Clippers didn’t start as they would have liked. Fourteen turnovers were committed in the first two quarters, the point guards weren’t producing as they have in the past, and Jeff Pendergraph struggled offensively.

The team had just 29 points at halftime, a surprising number considering they scored 88 and 81 points in the first two Summer League games.

Portland made just 10 of 31 field goals, missed six free throws, and coupled with those aforementioned turnovers, rightfully found themselves down by fifteen at halftime. They were consistently sloppy and out of sync, but the Clippers deserved to have such an advantage.

Los Angeles was aggressive on defense, rebounded well, and hit outside jumpers with regularity. Their lead was 52-32 early in the third quarter with the Blazers completely out of sorts. After John Lucas the third torched them for 25 points last night, the guards stepped up in defending Patrick Mills and Armon Johnson. Mills had nine points at halftime on 4-7 shooting, but had four of the Blazers 14 turnovers in the opening two fram ...

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