Blazers Fall to the Hawks in Overtime 109-104
After the Blazers had built up a respectable lead in both the fourth quarter and in overtime, their defense couldn’t contain the Hawks. The first heartbreak came at the end of regulation, when Paul Milsap put in a floater to send the game to overtime. Al-Farouq Aminu did his best to contain the all-star, but the ball left his finger tips with just a tenth of a second remaining.
Once overtime began, it looked like the Blazers could coast. Atlanta was definitely feeling the time change, as the team still had to battle at 1:00AM on their internal clocks. After falling down seven points with three minutes to go, Atlanta closed the game with a 12-0 run to earn the victory.
Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum had the balls in their hands near the end of the game and just couldn’t convert. It almost seemed as if the departure of Mason Plumlee really took a toll on our guards, as the two combined for 15-46 shooting. Lillard especially was rather disappointing, falling down on a drive to the basket that just seemed uncharacteristic for the star. Although it is a controversial stat, Lillard registered a -20 plus/minus for the game, much lower than any other Blazer.
Couldn’t help but think what would have happened if our new Bosnian, Jusuf Nurkic, played last night and guarded Millsap at the end. Our interior presence was comical last night. Dwight Howard went off for a 19 point, 16 rebound game and was just toying with the Blazers.
Our next game visiting the Jazz will be an exciting step for the Blazer’s future with Nurkic’s possible debut.
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