Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
Until the Blazers figure out how to play defense and how to run this new offense, expect Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum to combine for 55-60 per night to prevent this team from falling into a hole early. In other words, business as usual.
Portland has a lot of work ahead. – 12:46 AM
Mike Prada @MikePradaNBA
Catching up on Wizards preseason. The no-PG look with Avdija as the main facilitator alongside Beal was intriguing. Spencer Dinwiddie is quite good. The aggressive defensive style, on the other hand, might require too much from a small group of wing players. – 7:15 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin #Suns 93, #Blazers 60 at end of 3rd.
Yes, this one got beyond ugly.
Damian Lillard 12 points (1-of-6 on 3s). Blazers 9-of-29 from deep. #Suns 15-of-36 from 3. Five guys in double figures with four being reserves Landry Shamet (12), Johnson and Nader (11 each) and McGee (10). – 6:47 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Suns: Payne, Booker, Bridges, Crowder, Ayton
Blazers: Lillard, McCollum, Powell, Covington, Nurkic
Monty said everyone was available pregame as of the time we talked to him. Would guess that means Chris Paul is resting. – 4:29 PM
Jason Quick @jwquick
Blazers today in Phoenix will start what likely will be opening night lineup:
PG- Damian Lillard
SG- CJ McCollum
SF – Norman Powell
PF- Robert Covington
C – Jusuf Nurkić – 4:29 PM
Jason Quick @jwquick
Chauncey Billups says he wants to start his usual lineup today in Phoenix – Lillard, McCollum, Powell, Covington, Nurkic – but is not yet sure if CJ (ankle) and Powell (hip) are cleared to go. – 3:46 PM
Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
What a half for Barnes. A few days after getting the Jayson Tatum assignment, the rook has been the primary defender on Bradley Beal, who was held without a bucket (0-5 FG) in 18 first-half minutes. Oh, and he’s also got 9 points and 3 assists of his own. Scottie doing it all. – 8:05 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
Raps trail 30-26 after a quarter. Flynn did a nice job on a few possessions on Beal, and creates a turnover on last possession. – 7:34 PM
Neil Dalal @NeilDalal96
Wes Unseld Jr. said he was going to insert Deni Avdija into some more unique lineups today.
Out of the first quarter timeout, no traditional PG on the floor: Beal, Kispert, KCP, Avdija, and Gafford – 7:23 PM