Sports.ws Game Report
[PORTLAND] — The Portland Trail Blazers played host to the Orlando Magic last night but couldn't manage to leave much of an impact, failing to keep up with their visiting rivals and eventually succumbing in a 109-115 defeat. The loss bumps Portland's record down to 18-24 on the season, while the victory gives Orlando a 17-24 total on the year. It's not overly surprising that the Trail Blazers would end up losing this one consider they did little to establish themselves as dangerous threats. Perhaps the showing can serve as an essential building block for the team in the days to come.Most importantly, the Magic managed to prevail where it mattered most and will happily add another victory to their season total. So long as Vucevic keeps producing at this rate and Orlando keeps winning ball games, everybody - from fantasy owners to the team coaching and executive staff - will be more than satisfied.
Though Portland didn't end up getting it done when it mattered most, Damian Lillard did walk away with the small consolation of an attractive 34 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Whether another bright individual performance can help them get the result they want on the scoreboard next time, however, remains to be seen.
Individual performances aside, if there's one area where the Trail Blazers can improve, it's on the defensive side of the ball. Though Portland wasn't terrible in the ball game, there's no denying that a stricter focus on limiting their opponents could serve them well the next time they collide with a worthy foe.
The loss hurts for the homeside but they'll get their opportunity to regain ground in a pending matchup with the . The Magic, meanwhile, will set their sights on a run-in with the .
Vucevic 59.5 FP
Lillard 49.0 FP
McCollum 42.0 FP
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