#AskDwight: Focusing on Blazers bigs
OAKLAND, Calif. – The final preseason game for both teams ends with a Portland Trail Blazers 90-74 win over the Golden State Warriors, earning them a five-game winning streak.
Damian Lillard went off for 21 points on seven-of-16 shooting. LaMarcus Aldridge supplied a double-double of 16 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks. Nicolas Batum, too, put in a double-double effort with a game-high 15 rebounds to go along with his 10 points and a block. Robin Lopez scored 11 points and pulled down seven boards. Mo Williams came off the bench for 11 points and seven assists.
Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts told CSNNW.com before the game that an ideal rotation for him was nine guys. Tonight he played only nine with Meyers Leonard excluded from that rotation. Leonard says he is healthy. Stotts just opted to use Joel Freeland as the backup center.
Dorell Wright, Mo Williams, Freeland and Thomas Robinson were the only Trail Blazer reserves used during meaningful minutes.
Will Barton started in place of Wesley Matthews (irregular heartbeat). However, Stotts started Wright in the second half after he went 1-for-6 in the first half and that proved to be an excellent move in a crucial moment of the game.
The Trail Blazers were down 11 with 10:49 left in the third, the Trail Blazers exploded for a 22-0 run to take 63-52. The Trail Blazers held the Warriors scoreless for over eight minutes of game clock during that run.
A lineup of Lillard, Nicolas Batum, Dorell Wright, Aldridge and Robin Lopez orchestrated that great run. Portland outscored Golden State 23-9 in that quarter and they never looked back from there.
Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 17 points and six assists. Klay Thompson provided 16 points.
David Lee had dental work done before the game and was not able to compete.
Stotts says Matthews (irregular heartbeat) will have another consultation tomorrow and adds that his status is still unchanged, day-to-day.
Portland’s next game will be the season opener against the Phoenix Suns in Arizona on Oct. 31.