POR vs SAS, NBA
Moda Center, Portland, OR
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 01:30 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.
They’ll push teams. They’ll be exciting to observe . And Popovich’s tutelage almost automatically guarantees San Antonio a fighting chance to advance to the postseason. They’ll finish better than last season, but it likely won’t be ok to form the playoffs. Popovich was smart in changing the team’s style to suit the young, athletic personnel. the present crop of kids gives the franchise building blocks to make another 20-plus years of dominance within the future. San Antonio can jump back to the free-agency game next season when DeRozan and Aldridge are off the books. The Spurs are going to be knocking on the door of the playoffs this season, but it’s doubtful they get in.
Portland Trail Blazers: W – 4, L – 1
San Antonio Spurs: W – 3, L – 2