When and where: April 9, 2019, Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA, 10:30 PM ET
The Los Angeles Lakers hope to shut down a third straight playoff contender on Tuesday when they receive a visit from the Portland Trail Blazers. Even without their best players on the floor, the Lakers have somehow mustered back-to-back wins over the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers. Meanwhile, the Trail Blazers are coming off a tough win over the Denver Nuggets.
Trail Blazers take a sloppy win over the Nuggets
No one is ever going to complain about winning, but the Trail Blazers can’t be feeling good about themselves after struggling at home against a Nuggets team that didn’t even have their three best players on the floor. Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray and Paul Millsap all sat out in an effort to rest up for the postseason.
Meanwhile, the Trail Blazers were all business with Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum on the court. McCollum especially had a rough night, going 3-of-13 from the field and 1-of-5 from 3-pointer. Lillard once again was forced to be superman on a night where the offensive help simply wasn’t there.
The team as a whole shot 32.1 percent from 3-pointer and turned the ball over 16 times. If not for nine missed free throw attempts, the Nuggets might have won the game.
Lillard finished the game with 30 points, six rebounds and five assists, while Al-Farouq Aminu put forth a solid effort with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Center Enes Canter netted a double-double as a starter with 11 points and 13 rebounds.
Lakers stun the Jazz
Who would have thought it would take a broken down Lakers team to end the Jazz’s seven-game winning streak? Yet, that was the outcome on Sunday night when the Western Conference contenders made a trip to the Staples Center. There was no LeBron James, Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma or Josh Hart—just a mixed bag of random role players.
It was still enough, however, to hold back the Jazz in a game most assumed would be a wash.
“I’m sure when you’re a team that is looking down the roster and looking who is playing for us, naturally you would let down a little bit. That’s part of why this is fun,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said after the game, per ESPN.com. “It’s the type of win where we needed everyone and everyone stepped up.”
While the Lakers struggled from 3-pointer without their sharpshooters, they were able to take advantage inside the arc with a 51.0 field goal shooting percentage. They were also plus-16 on the boards thanks to the feisty presence of Jemerrio Jones down low.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the team with 32 points, six rebounds and six assists, while JaVale McGee netted 22 points, eight rebounds and three assists in the 113-109 victory.
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