Player grades and analysis from the Trail Blazers’ 98-89 victory over the visiting Utah Jazz
The Trail Blazers got back in action last night against their divisional foe. Judging by the respect that the Jazz have gotten from the national media in the lead up to the season – they appear to be the team to beat in the Northwest Division. Even though it is preseason, it is nice to see Portland pull out a solid win. Grading a game like this should be taken with a grain of salt, as many players are still trying to carve out their role with the team. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of last night’s performances.
We will take another look at the team after Friday’s game against the Suns. Our focus will continue to revolve around the battle for the starting small forward spot, but Napier is definitely on the radar after a strong showing last night. Regardless of it being preseason, it is always nice to see the year start with a win.