Despite the slow start and poor shooting from three for most of the night, Portland was still able to get the job done versus the Chicago Bulls on Friday night.
After starting off Wednesday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder hitting their first 10 shots, it was quite the opposite start for Portland on Friday. The Trail Blazers hit just two of their first 10 shots against the Bulls.
Portland recovered from its slow start; however, the Bulls kept up with the Blazers all night in big thanks to Chicago forcing costly turnovers, and, thanks to their leading scoring Zach LaVine.
Here are three quick takeaways from Friday's win:
1. Melo Magic
Carmelo Anthony entered the fourth quarter with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds (his first double-double of the season). But, it was in the fourth quarter that the Melo Magic came alive once again. At the 7:26 mark of the fourth quarter after an Hassan Whiteside block at one end, Anthony came down and hit a big-time three-pointer to put the Blazers up seven. Between Melo's scoring flurry in the fourth and Damian Lillard hitting from deep late, Portland was able to secure a victory.
2. Whiteside made the Bulls think twice
Chicago started off the game attacking the rim hard, but with little result. Trail Blazers center Hassan Whiteside had four blocks in his first nine-minute stint. After Whiteside swatted his sixth block on the night, it would've seemed the Bulls would have figured out that they had to be more aware of Whiteside's length. But that wasn't the case. Whiteside finished with 10 blocks, which is a new franchise record.
3. Consistent Hoodie
When the Blazers have had trouble scoring they've been able to really rely on Rodney Hood as of late. During the Blazers' two-game winning streak, Hood has continued his consistent shooting. Against the Bulls on Friday, Hood was effective both from long distance and with his midrange game. Hood has become the go-to guy to knockdown a corner three.
Up Next: The Trail Blazers will take a quick trip down to Los Angeles to face the Clippers on Tuesday night. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.
Check back here throughout the night and tomorrow morning for analysis, reactions and videos from the locker room!
Instant Analysis: It was an Hassan Whiteside block party Friday night! originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest