Jacked Ramsays Postgame: Blazers vs Lakers
The Blazers got crushed, but the spirit of the Jacked Ramsays never will be.It’s no longer panic time. The water is filling the boat. it’s not a leak, it’s a hole the size of a buffalo in the side of the ship. It’s going down. Now, it’s a matter of how fast and who makes it. The salvage service will be called once the ship hits the bottom. Everyone needs to stop bailing now and let what’s going to happen - happen. Get what you can, slap on the life vest and hop on the slide and into the lifeboats.
The Portland Trail Blazers walked into Ball Arena to play the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night hoping just hoping to put in a good showing. They, uh...didn’t. In an outing best described as, “1st-Level D&D Characters Get Teleported to the Abyss”, Portland fell to Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets 140-108. © Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
If you missed the action, you can find our quarter-by-quarter recap (or as much as we could do without losing our sense of humor) here. Once you’ve got that down...
...well, let’s be honest. There’s not much analysis to this game. The Blazers played extremely well when their “starters”—who did not include Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Norman Powell, or Anfernee Simons—had fresh legs and hope. Portland held even with the Nuggets for approximately ten minutes. But then they had to sub in the “bench”, heavy on the quotes. Let’s not name names...it was a team loss. But if you put on a welder’s mask and glance at the bottom rungs of Portland’s roster, you can get a pretty good idea why they didn’t succeed when put on the floor en masse.
Recap: Utah defeats Denver 115-109 despite a 26 point, 21 rebound triple-double from Jokic
The Nuggets showed resolve throughout, but Bojan Bogdanovic’s 36 points proved too much for Denver tonightTonight was one of those games where no matter how close Denver came, they either could not get a stop or score a bucket to obtain the lead. They held the Western Conference player of the month, Donovan Mitchell, to just 17 points on 8-22 shooting and 1-9 from three, but they could stop Bogdanovic at any point in the game. Whenever the Nuggets made their comeback, he responded with a scoring run of his own. He proved once again to be a Nugget killer.
Let’s talk about some positives. First of all, it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Dennis Smith Jr. Portland’s third-string point guard started, once again showing that he is not intimidated by any situation. He attacked the rim hard and creatively. He also racked up 8 assists, no small feat on a night when his teammates were hitting approximately zero three-pointers.
Nassir Little and Ben McLemore also played unafraid, enthusiastic, and on both ends...well, as much as anybody did on a night when Denver shot 63.4% from the field and 51,2% from the arc. They provided scoring and hustle, balancing out the parts of Portland’s attack that were working,
But oh boy, did the Blazers turn it over. It wasn’t just quantity (15 for the game), but quality of the miscues. Forget mistiming the backdoor cuts; they couldn’t dribble. Also, they had trouble rebounding the instant Jusuf Nurkic left the floor. And points in the paint? Fuggetaboutit. Denver won that battle 58-46. When it mattered, it wasn’t nearly that close.
All the ways the Blazers could make up the disparity faded into mist. Superstar performance? None were available. Excellent three-point shooting? They shot 30.8% from distance. Help from the refs? 60.7% on free throws.
And that, dear friends, is all you need to know about this outing. The Blazers will reset, hope to get a couple players back, and square off against the Washington Wizards at 4:00, Pacific on Saturday.
Recap: Jokic scores 34 as the Nuggets win a tight one against the Pistons 117-111 .
He did not record his fifth straight triple double, but Jokic filled the stat sheet once again with 34/9/8 in another MVP performanceThe bench saved the day for the Nuggets tonight. They scored 32 points in their last two games combined, but they erupted for 41 as Forbes and Nnaji contributed with 12 apiece. DeMarcus Cousins made his Nugget debut and although he shot 1-7, his physicality benefited that bench as his screens moved opponents into the parking lot. The Nuggets finish their homestead 4-2 and now enter a six game road trip. They will play six games in nine days including two sets of back-to-backs.