On the back of a record-breaking performance from Hassan Whiteside, the Blazers came out victorious.
The Blazers offense has been humming recently, but it was Whiteside and the defense that won this one. Whiteside had the painted area on lockdown from the jump. He recorded four blocks in the first quarter alone, and he wasn't anywhere close to being done.
Time after time the Bulls attacked the rim, and time after time Whiteside sent the shot flying. Late in the fourth quarter, Lauri Markkanen went up for a layup only to have Whiteside send it back. It was Whiteside's tenth block of the game, setting a Trail Blazers single-game franchise record. Whiteside only had eight points on the night, be he still recorded a double-double (15 rebounds, 10 blocks)... He wasn't the only one.
Carmelo Anthony continued his recent hot streak, scoring 23 points and grabbing 11 boards, recording his first double-double as a Blazer.
It got close late, but it was once again Hassan Whiteside that made the big play to seal the deal.
Final score in this one: Blazers 107 - Bulls 103.
Coach Stotts on Hassan Whiteside:
He set the tone early, he got some blocks early, but Chicago really drives it hard to the basket, so they kept going in there and he kept standing up and holding his ground. Especially being able to do it in foul trouble, he got four early in the second half, got his fifth and played through it, it didn't keep him from having the same impact
I think the thing that I've enjoyed the most about Hoodie this season is it hasn't even been how well he's shooting the ball or what he's doing offensively, it's been how much more vocal he's been. He's been really vocal in huddles, coming on to the court, on the floor he's vocal. I think where we are as a team, it can't be one or two guys, it has to be everybody kind of saying what they need to say and pitching in that way. He's been really vocal, how locked in he's been has been big for our team
Rodney Hood on his success shooting the ball this season:
Just putting in work, just playing off of other guys. With Dame and CJ and Melo, I get a lot of open looks, a lot of opportunities to just get my feet right. I've been focusing on that the past – well ever since the beginning of the season – just continue to work the reps, put in the work and just trust it when I get in there
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Whiteside with 4 blocks already
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The NBA continues to conspire against Anfernee Simons.
Let him get a runway takeoff for the dunk, you monsters.
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Hassan Whiteside is undoubtedly a tremendous charades partner
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For those wondering...
Before tonight, four players were tied for the @trailblazers franchise record for blocks in a single game with 9. They were:
Mychal Thompson (1981)
Bill Walton (twice - 1974 & 1977)
Theo Ratliff (twice in 2004)
Joel Przybilla (2006)#RipCity
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