PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland Trail Blazers lost on Monday night, falling 102-90 to the LA Clippers. But unlike recent losses that were demoralizing and embarrassing this was downright heartening.
Playing without Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Anfernee Simons and Nassir Little the Blazers showed some real grit. Jusuf Nurkic (season-high 31 points) had a big night, Norman Powell shouldered more of the scoring load and Portland hung with the Clippers for 45 minutes before faltering down the stretch.
Plus, The Athletic reported that Dame is unsettled and has simmering issues with Chauncey Billups. Damian Lillard criticized the report as journalists hunting for drama. What if everyone is right?
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Mike Richman has covered the Portland Trail Blazers in various capacities since 2014 as a beat writer for The Oregonian, a reporter at NBC Sports Northwest and now in the form of the only daily Trail Blazers podcast, Locked On Blazers. The Pass First Point Guard will get you closer to the team with reports from inside the Moda Center and by unpacking the statistics to know and about your favorite team. You will also find regular guests and can get your questions answered with weekly mailbag shows.
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