Portland Trail Blazers
In Toronto there was a phenomenal performance by Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet. The first of them finished with 36 points and 6 rebounds, while the base totaled 30 units and 7 assists. Further, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson collaborated with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Terence davis signed 15 units. Toronto banking continues to respond.
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In the Blazers there were 25 points of Rodney hood, 19 of CJ McCollum and 17 of Anfernee Simons, who continues to consolidate as one of the few happy stories of this Portland campaign start. What happened to Damian Lillard? Barely 9 points, with a forgettable 2-12 court.
Two different stars
Neither Pascal Siakam nor Fred VanVleet enter the usual cast of league stars. However, that is exactly what they have become in this 2019-2020, although in the case of Cameroon, the qualifier begins to remain small: more than a star, is one of the candidates to fight for the MVP of the competition. Promoted until less than a year ago.
Raptors got a duo in Siakam and VanVleet:
Pascal: 36 PTS | 6 REBS
Fred: 30 PTS | 7 ASTS
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Siakam dominated this game with pleasure and abused every defender that Portland put in front of him, from rookie Nassir Little (headline for the first time in his career) to Croatian Mario Hezonja. Not only did he score 36 points, with 15-28 of the field, but he also did it when it mattered most: 24 points and 10-15 in the field in the second half.
Something similar happened with VanVleet. The base had a close match to frame, widely winning the personal duel to Damian Lillard, scoring 30 points and playing all the rest of his teammates. The truth is that his performance is making the low Kyle Lowry feel little and nothing.
A night to forget
Damian Lillard ended up rounding one of the worst nights of his career. In fact, his 9 points cut a streak of 230 consecutive games scoring in double digits. The last time he had not succeeded: on November 9, 2016, against Los Angeles Clippers (8 points, 1-10 of the field).
In addition to its low attack performance, Lillard suffered in defense against VanVleet and had no impact on any other area of the encounter.
That was exactly what worried most about these Blazers: they were losing despite having give to me On a very high level. It was clear that if the base went down one or two marches, the victory was going to be too far away, just as it happened before the Raptors. Worried Panorama for Portland.
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