Wes Mathews tried to trace him over the top of picks. Robin Lopez and the other Blazers bigs tried to stay back and cut off driving lanes, and when he drove anyway multiple defenders collapsed on him.
None of it worked. Nothing has worked all series.
Tony Parker had 29 points to spark the Spurs win Saturday night, which puts them up 3-0 over the Portland Trail Blazers in the second round. In all three games the Blazers defense has had no answer for Parker.
All too often in the discussion of “best point guard in the game” Parker gets left off, or pushed too far down the discussion. He is reminding us he needs to be right at the top.
If you’re a Knicks fan, the positive is that at least Kristaps Porzingis tried to make a play.
But he was not going to stop the athletic Bradley Beal with a full head of steam, and the result was a Beal dunking over Porzingis as he tries to block the attempt.
Beal wasn’t sharp, scoring 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting. The Knicks has an efficient Carmelo Anthony and that got them the win.
We had an efficient Carmelo Anthony sighting in the preseason.
Anthony and the Knicks went up against the Wizards and ‘Melo hit 10-of-15 shots to score 21 points. He also had four rebounds and four assists.
Derrick Williams had 23 points on 11 shots to lead the Knicks in scoring, and New York won 115-104.