PHOENIX, AZ — After a catastrophic season opener that ended in a 48 point rout (124-76), the Suns (0-1) look to redeem themselves at home as they prepare to take on the Lake Show (0-1).
The Suns were led by Eric Bledsoe and Devin Booker in Wednesday’s loss, with 15 and 12 points, respectively. Rookies Josh Jackson and the undrafted Mike James, made their NBA debuts contributing 11 and 12 points, respectively.
Both teams hungry for their first win of the season, the updated Lakers and talk of the town Rookie Lonzo Ball, took their first loss on opening night (108-92) against the Clippers.
Ball got the traditional, “Welcome to the League, Rook” treatment as he was harassed by Clippers newcomer, Patrick Beverly from the jump. Ball dished out 4 assists, grabbed 9 boards, and finished with 3 points.
Sporting his new Lakers jersey, Brook Lopez led the squad with 20 points going perfect from the (freethrow) line. Larry Nance, Jr., Brandon Ingram, and Jordan Clarkson also finished in double figures, as the Lakers aim to live up to higher expectations this season.
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INDIANAPOLIS, IN — The Portland Trailblazers (1-0) head to Bankers Life Fieldhouse as the Pacers (1-0) play host on Friday night.
Both the Blazers and the Pacers had successful opening nights on their home floors Wednesday, each passing the century mark against their opponents. Portland handed the Phoenix Suns their worst loss…EVER, 124-76. YIKES! The Blazers had six players in double figures, with Dame D.O.L.L.A (Damian Lillard) blazing the trail scoring 27 points. Pat Connaughton finished with 24.
In Indy, “We Grow Basketball Here.” Known for it’s love of the game and basketball icons, the Pacers did their fans justice in a 140-131 season-opening victory, over Brooklyn. In a back and forth battle, Indiana prevailed showcasing their new roster featuring eight players in double figures, three of whom finished with double-doubles (Thad Young, Myles Turner, Darren Collison). IU baller Victor Oladipo, also showed out in his Pacers debut with 22 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals.
See how these two teams match-up and who’ll take their first ‘L’ of the season.
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MEMPHIS, Tenn.– The Memphis Grizzlies are back to their ‘Grit & Grind’ mentality, as they prepare to host the mighty Pelicans of New Orleans (NOLA).
With both teams having gone through some major upgrades in the offseason, only time will tell if it was for the better. Grind City poster boys Mike Conley and Marc Gasol, look to lead their squad after the departure of fan fav veterans Zach ‘Z-Bo’ Randolph (Sacramento), and Tony “The Grindfather” Allen (NOLA) during free agency. With the addition of some young cubs (Rookies Dillon Brooks, Ivan Rabb, Kobi Simmons) and seasoned papa bears (Ben McLemore, Tyreke Evans, & Mario Chalmers), Memphis is still a strong contender in the Western Conference.
The same can be said for the NOLA Pelicans, who have a solid frontcourt of Mr. Fear The Brow, Ant Davis, and ‘Boogie’ (DeMarcus) Cousins in the paint. These two big-men will be padding their stats with help from another solid backcourt duo of Rajon Rondo and Jrue Holiday.
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