POR vs TOR, NBA
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 08:30 AM
We forget what proportion injuries bogged down Portland to start out last season, to not mention the very fact it benefitted from the NBA’s hiatus thanks to the coronavirus, which allowed Nurkic and Zach Collins to become healthy enough to contribute to the Trail Blazers’ leaky defense. Add up their improved health with the offseason acquisitions of Robert Covington and Derrick Jones Jr. in representation . add the new commitment to improvement on the defensive end from Lillard and McCollum, and that we just could be working with something going into 2020-21. Portland improved its versatility and athleticism, which may be a must within the rugged Western Conference. The Blazers should be within the mix for a postseason berth, but they’re still not talented enough to travel toe-to-toe with the conference’s elite teams.
coming up one possession short in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Despite the post-championship departure of Kawhi Leonard, the Raptors remained near the highest of the league with an elite defense and cohesion among a capable and experienced top seven. But when things got tight against the Boston Celtics, they only didn’t have the offense to urge over the hump. The 100.3 points per 100 possessions they scored within the conference semis was the worst mark for a team during a 2020 playoff series. Pascal Siakam struggled within the bubble and averaged just 14.9 points on an efficient field goal percentage of 40% over the seven games.
PortlandTrail Blazers: W – 4, L – 2
TorontoRaptors: W – 2, L – 1