It was such a lost conclusion that Portland Trail Blazers Maccabi Raanana will defeat Thursday night in a pre-season match at the Moda Center, where they rested the top six players.
That left the most interesting story during the 138-85 victory to center around the Apprentice cheddon sharp.
The No. 7 selection in the 2022 NBA Draft struggled during his first two preseason games. But on Thursday, he showcased Portland coach Joe Cronin’s skills and coach Chauncey Billups Fall in love.
“I thought it was excellent,” Billups said of Sharpe’s performance. “He took his time. He wasn’t in a hurry.”
Granted, the competition pales in comparison to the NBA teams, but Sharp took full advantage of the situation. He entered the match with 3:56 seconds left in the first quarter and went on to score 17 points in his first 10 minutes. By the end of the night, Sharp had finished with 27 points on 10 of 13 shots and was left pleased with his performance.
“It was a good feeling knowing I haven’t played much during the year,” said Sharp, who was late last season at Kentucky and played only five minutes during the summer league with a shoulder injury.
Sharp, who scored just seven points in shooting 2 of 11 in his first two matches, looked much more comfortable in a match against a professional team from Israel. So, that probably contributed to the accuracy of his shot. But what is undeniable is a mustache blast.
Sharp can still find it difficult to break from the regular squad this season, given the depth in the goalkeeper and young striker. But, at least for one night, the Sharp Rib City gave a taste of its potential.
The Blazers on Thursday chose a third-year option (worth $2.8 million) on Johnson’s contract. So far this preseason, the 2021 first-round pick for the Los Angeles Clippers appears to have worked its way into the Portland tournament.
Johnson responded with an impressive performance, recording 18 points and 11 assists. He made 7 of 13 shots, including 4 of 5 three-pointers.
“Keown was very good,” Billups said. “He took his game and was very intentional about all the work he did this summer. Since camp started, Keon has been a bright spot for us.”
TRENDON WATFORD returns
Trendon Watford He saw his first pre-season action after missing his first two games with a hip injury. Watford started, playing 20 minutes, scoring 10 points, three assists and two rebounds, while making all four of his shots from the field.
Damian Lillard, Inverni Simmons, Jeramy Grant, Joseph Nurkic, Josh Hart and Justice Winslow all rested Thursday night. The Blazers started Brandon Williams, Johnson, Little Watford and Drew Eubank.
Pelops said a game like Thursday has its benefits for younger players while providing some relief for beginners.
“It’s great to have a game where you can just play all the guys and let them do their things and kind of watch and see if there’s a transition from the things we talked about,” Billups said.
Jefferson Haigh Terence Jones
Former Jefferson High School star Terrence Jones, who played seven seasons in the NBA, played 17 minutes with Maccabi Raanana, finishing the game with four points and nine rebounds.
The Blazers play at 6 p.m. Sunday in Sacramento before wrapping up their pre-season game at 7 p.m. at Golden State on October 11. The match against Kings will not be broadcast locally. However, Warriors will be streamed on Root Sports.