Instead, Portland is going with their extra big lineup of Hassan Whiteside next to Jusuf Nurkic. That group was effective in Game 1 when LAL couldn’t hit an open shot, but Whiteside/Nurkic had a 2-man net rating of -31.1 in Game 2. https://t.co/cXUPBAoFYW
LAL were up 12 with 1:09 left in the 3rd Q, playing very well, and took their foot off the gas. Lillard drew a foul that appeared to be on a pass but got 2 FT’s. Then he hit a 3 to end 3rd. In 4th: 2 easy buckets inside from Nurkic, and LAL have 2 missed open 3’s and 2 turnovers.
That could do it. @KingJames got Nurkic isolated in the half court, and easily drove past him for a layup to make it 111-100 with 1:36 to play. He has 35 points, 11 boards and 8 dimes. Davis has been huge in the 2nd half, is up to 27 points, 11 boards, 7 assists, 2 blk + 2 stl.