The Portland Trail Blazers lost 101-157 in a game against the Golden State Warriors in the 2022-2023 NBA regular season held at Moda Center in Portland, Oregon, USA on the 10th (Korean time). Even in the last game of this season, Portland couldn’t reap the beauty of the kind. Portland, which has no meaning in ranking, gave all of its key players a break and was completely defeated by Golden State, which had a large number of key players.
Portland’s final record this season finished with 33-49 and 13th place in the Western Conference. As a result, Portland failed to advance to the playoffs for the second year in a row. It’s Damian Lillard’s first since joining Portland.
Last season, there was even an excuse called Lillard’s injury, but this season is not. Coming back from injury, Lillard had one of the best seasons of his career. He acquired Jeremy Grant as a trade in the offseason and succeeded in strengthening his weak point, the forward position, but his performance did not improve at all.
The only consolation is the growth of Anfernie Simons. Simmons, who was chosen as Lillard’s backcourt partner after sending CJ McCallum, showed great improvement this season, averaging 21.1 points and 4.1 assists. He has transformed into a player that cannot be ignored in terms of scoring and explosive power. 온라인바카라
But the weaknesses that existed in the Lillard-McCallum era continued. McCallum’s biggest problem with Portland was the defense. Both Lillard and McCollum were not good at defense, so no matter how good they were in offense, they often forgot about defense. This was the case in the Lillard-Simons system as well. Simons is also a serious defensive player, so Lillard’s defensive weaknesses were not covered at all.
Portland wanted to try rebuilding after sending away franchise star McCollum last season. However, it seemed that he was aiming for Winnow again by recruiting Grant in the offseason. The result was a miserable failure.
Portland is completely lost between rebuilding and winnow, missing both rabbits. The most frustrating person would be Lillard. Lillard, born in 1990, is already in his mid-30s. It wouldn’t be strange if his skills diminished. He has no choice but to be urgent in Lillard’s position.
“I don’t want to win-now playing with players who are going to be in their prime in two or three years,” Lillard said. Lillard has revealed that he wants a win now, not a rebuild. The problem is the situation in Portland.
Grant becomes a free agent after the season. The players confirmed to remain in Portland next season are Simons, Youssef Nuckich, Lillard and rookie Shayden Sharp. It is absurd to aim for Winnow with these players.
Portland has suffered disastrous failures in the last two seasons. Lillard is wasting his prime. Bigger problems don’t seem to have a proper solution.