After three scrimmages, the games will count for real when the Trail Blazers tip off against the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday afternoon. Hopefully, Portland’s final scrimmage, a 131-120 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, won’t be indicative of their regular season performance.
Of course they were without Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, who both were given the day off by coach Terry Stotts. Jusuf Nurkic and Carmelo Anthony both also only played in the first half as Stotts looked to limit the risk of injury to his starters. While the rotation players played limited minutes, there were still things to take away from today’s scrimmage:
The Trail Blazers resume the regular season against the Memphis Grizzlies in a must-win game Friday at 1pm.