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PORTLAND, Ore. The Portland Trail Blazers begin the regular season next week against the Sacramento Kings at Moda Center, but don’t expect Monday’s game—fortunately for Chauncey Billups’ team—to be a foreshadowing of the 2021-22 campaign.
Following are four takeaways from the Blazers’ 107-93 defeat against the Kings.
Anfernee Simons (Kind Of) Fitted In.
Portland gave Simons the keys to the vehicle for what would hopefully be the last game of the season, despite missing not only Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, but also Norman Powell. While moonlighting as the Blazers’ full-time alpha dog, the fourth-year guard didn’t seem totally out of place.
Simons scored 24 points on 8-of-20 shooting against the Kings, demonstrating his ability to handle the ball under duress and finish near the basket in a variety of ways that have evaded him for most of his career. Given the circumstances of his game, that mediocre efficiency is even more remarkable. Simons made 8-of-12 two-pointers overall and 5-of-6 in the paint, which was crucial for a long-range shooter who struggled to shoot 40.3 percent inside the arc last season.
Davion Mitchell, dubbed “Off Night” for his ability to lock down his man from start to finish, scared Simons much less often than one would think considering his struggles last season just moving the ball up the floor. Early in the first quarter, he even broke off a planned isolation play on Mitchell, creased the paint with footwork and power before finishing through the body of the reigning NCAA Defensive Player of the Year.
After a baseline out-of-bounds play degenerated into a ball screen late in the shot clock, Simons was smothered by Mitchell, which is something Mitchell will do to a lot of experienced guards this season. De’Aaron Fox’s step-back dribble was easily grabbed for a steal. Despite a few nice pick-and-roll passes, the box score correctly communicates that Simons, who ended with one assist, was unable to capitalize on the overall playmaking improvement he shown in Portland’s preseason opener. Simons made an odd pass to Marquese Chriss amid traffic, which ended in a turnover.
With Simons in charge, mistakes of commission and omission were certain to happen. Billups intends for him to play offensive initiator alongside C.J. McCollum and the Blazers’ second unit, and he seemed perfectly capable of doing so. Simons’ finishing prowess also hinted at a boost in dynamism as a scorer. For the time being, that’s more than enough to count as another indication of his progress.
Patrick Patterson > Marquese Chriss
Add a few more “more thans” to the above, at least if Monday’s game is any indication of what Chriss and Patterson can provide in the regular season.
With Robert Covington sitting out and Jusuf Nurkic sitting out the second half, both received rotation minutes against Sacramento, even entering together late in the first quarter. Patterson, though, was on the court for the most of the game, playing 20 minutes to Chriss’ 15. Don’t read too much into that. Much more significant is how the experienced bigs—with an eight-year age gap, it’s worth noting—performed in the little time they had.
If Patterson wasn’t shooting, and missing, crisp catch-and-shoot threes, he was a total bystander offensively. After failing on his first six attempts, at least one of which was a terrible air-ball, he eventually made his last effort. Patterson didn’t seem to be at ease attempting to accelerate his release as a defender was flying at him. If Patterson isn’t making defenders think twice about allowing him launch standstill threes, it’s unclear what else Patterson brings to the Blazers except defensive talk and locker-room clout.
If this team had any depth up front, or even if their three real bigs in the rotation weren’t so injury-prone, maybe those qualities would be enough for him to get Portland’s “final” roster spot—Neil Olshey, though he hasn’t admitted it, is going with a 14-player roster to save Jody Allen a few million dollars in luxury tax payments— Cody Zeller, on the other hand, already has a fractured nose and will be sidelined until at least the start of the regular season. Covington is much too slender to provide the Blazers with an inside presence, and Greg Brown III is still a long way off.
Chriss is the 14th player on Portland’s roster. He was a dangerous pick-and-roll partner for Simons and Dennis Smith, consistently putting vertical pressure on the basket, and he also looked good working the dribble hand-off game and finding cutters backdoor at times. Chriss also shot 6-of-8 from the charity stripe. Though he lags below Patterson in terms of defensive execution and knowledge, he’s faster and more of a shot-blocking danger on the backline, which is crucial for a team that already lacks a true center to complement Nurkic and Zeller.
Given the preseason stakes and level of competition, Chriss didn’t stick out all that much on Monday. Regardless, if Portland’s last roster slot goes to a big, he’ll have separated himself from Patterson.
Jusuf Nurkic Isn’t Getting Any Post-Ups
Billups maintained that without Lillard and McCollum, his squad would play the same way. For the most part, this was true, with Simons and Smith even coming close to replicating the Blazers’ great backcourt. With Lillard and McCollum resting, it was reasonable to expect Nurkic to get a few more scheduled post touches than usual, given the summer discussion of him having a larger role in Portland’s offense.
Wrong. What occurred the few of times Nurkic caught the ball in that position and attempted to score was even more damaging to his chances of being a genuine back-to-basket danger this season. Richaun Holmes is the smaller center that the Bosnian Beast is said to be capable of mauling.
Nurkic isn’t a decent post scorer in any circumstance except slamming a little switch. Despite rumors that he’d be a regular component of Portland’s attack down low, a years-long eye test and last season’s awful efficiency statistics on the block made that clear, and there’s been nothing to alter that in the preseason so far.
Of course, none of it detracts from the layers Nurkic provides as a passer for the Blazers. Under Billups, Portland’s better spacing commitment has further unleashed Nurkic’s playmaking skills from the high post. By finding guards backdoor in fast hand-offs at the elbow and secondary offense at the top of the key, he might average three or four assists per game this season.
Nurkic’s offensive role has obviously evolved, and it now entails him serving as a genuine secondary facilitator for the Blazers while casually challenging defenses from three—not more post-ups.
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