Accidents and protection had been the story of the day for the Blazers of their second Vegas Summer season League recreation. Portland’s protection shifted into overdrive, bringing excessive vitality in opposition to the overwhelmed Pelicans. After an early lead, New Orleans struggled to seek out factors with out rookie Dyson Daniels, who exited within the first half with an damage. The Blazers outscored the Pelicans 31-17 and 23-9 within the second and third quarters, respectively.
The sport was dwarfed by the Blazers’ earlier announcement that Shaedon Sharpe suffered a labral tear in his left shoulder. Sharpe, the seventh decide within the 2022 NBA Draft, injured his shoulder in opposition to the Detroit Pistons on Thursday, and his restoration timeline is unclear.
This was anticipated to be a showcase for Sharpe and eighth decide Daniels. However Dyson turned the third single-digit decide to endure an damage at Summer season League (the opposite being Detroit’s Jaden Ivey), rolling his ankle on a drive. The Pelicans regarded unmistakably misplaced after his exit, with some prodding by Portland’s frantic protection.
Just about each Blazers participant evaluation could possibly be shortened to “did not shoot too nicely, however actually labored onerous on protection”.
Jabari Walker seems good. For any second-round decide, the hope is that they merely can maintain their very own at Summer season League, and Walker has accomplished simply that. He sparked the important thing 18-point Blazers first half run that flipped the rating and broke the sport open. He had 12 factors, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, a steal and a block in 18 minutes.
Keon Johnson‘s protection led to a number of turnovers, and his offense was tremendous. Good night time for Keon, who could have tweaked his ankle at one level. He crammed up the stat sheet with 12 factors, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 block, however 3 turnovers.
Greg Brown III‘s efficiency is harking back to final 12 months’s Summer season League. Tons of vitality, loads of hops, and all the time seen. He completed with 7 factors (on 2 shot makes an attempt), 4 rebounds, and the same old spotlight block.
Didi Louzada was usually invisible. He did not rating, however did have 2 assists and a couple of rebounds.
Trendon Watford was the regular, grizzled veteran of the crew. By no means too excessive, by no means too low, and knew the place to be on the courtroom. He led the crew with a double-double, 17 factors and 11 rebounds, plus 5 assists.
Brandon Williams did not shoot nicely, however bought sufficient makes an attempt to succeed in double figures. He scored 14 factors on 4-14 taking pictures.
Kyle Alexander (4-5, 9 factors), Craig Randall II (6 factors), and Colby Ross (4-5, 8 factors) every had stable offensive performances, floating additional factors to the Blazers at key moments off the bench.
The Blazers decide up Monday night time in opposition to the New York Knicks.