This was a must win game for the Blazers as they were down 2-1 in the series and had to remain in the series if they wanted to avoid going 3-1. This is really hard for a team to comeback and wins the series. As expected, everybody was counting on Damian Lillard to have a strong game which he does the best in a do or die situation. But it was completely reversed as he struggled to shoot efficiently and went 1-10. Even though he didn’t shoot the ball particularly well but still had a strong all round game with making efforts on assists and rebounds.
But the star for this game was Norman Powell who got all the attention from the crowd. He matched his playoff career high with 29 points hitting four three pointers and was 11-15 from the floor. It was total domination and total destruction from the blazers side. No one expected this domination with Lillard going ice cold. This series seems strange and unpredictable. The game looked so close but felt easy the whole time.
In game 3 Denver hit a crazy high percentage of 3 pointers while Portland struggled from beyond the arc big time. And Denver eeks out a 120-115 win. But in this game Damian Lillard manages to hit only one shot and is held to 10 measly points, and yet Blazers lead by 33 points at one point on their way to a 20 point win. Portland is proving that they are the better team despite the series being tied 2-2.
The Denver defense was just too painful to watch. MPJ needs to step up if he’s the second best player in the team but he’s basically been non-existent in this series. Denver looked like they didn’t even want to play the game all the way down. Jokic looked gassed. Norkic really bullied Jokic several times at the post.
McCollum continued to play aggressively and Melo got his smooth jumper back. It was a great adjustment from Portland in defense. Powell and Nurkic were fantastic. None the less it’s a team sport and Portland’s sense of urgency kicked in at the right time. Game 7 seems inevitable.