In a classic game, "We won, let's move on," the entertaining blazers beat the Hawks 120-111 on Saturday night at Moda Center. How short were the blazers? Setting in.
- No Damian Lillard. Lillard was out tonight, the only competition in six days. Coach Terry Stotts, who was officially called "the rest", said that Lillard had been slightly injured and almost missed the match in Phoenix.
- And then Evan Turner. Turner did not return after the first half, and the team reported "Achilles Pain". Since the blazers had previously lost one of their best wings due to an Achilles' fracture, this felt like a very sensible precautionary measure.
- And then Nik Stauskas. Stauskas entered the rotation tonight, probably due to Lillard's absence, but was also closed at halftime because of knee pain. But back to basketball and …
- … and then Jusuf Nurkic. Nurkic shot into the face in the third quarter of a car drive and was promptly taken to the locker room. The good news? He made it to the fourth round with 7 minutes to go.
- The blazers also won. Despite all these staffing events, the Atlanta Hawks are simply a bad team. the blazers took care of the business against them. Every Blazers starter scored double digits, and all well, that ends well.
- Oh, and CJ McCollum received a triple-double. After the game was essentially over, McCollum was standing near a triple double, allowing the team to focus on each ball. It finally paid off when Moe Harkless scored a McCollum pass after a bad game.
Four days free for the Blazers! And they need them. Then a rematch with the jazz after a chippy game last week.