The Summer League edition of the Portland Trail Blazers improved to 2-0 in Las Vegas with a 86-66 victory versus the LA Clippers Tuesday night at Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of UNLV.
“What I feel good about is we’re developing good habits,” said assistant coach/summer league head coach Roy Rogers. “That’s more important to me. If you play the right way every possession, good things will happen. All of us want to win, but if we lose playing the right way and we’re building good habits, we can handle that. But we’re building good habits and we’re winning so it makes it a lot of fun.”
The Trail Blazers join the Rockets, Celtics and Kings as teams sitting atop the table at 2-0 in the Las Vegas Summer League standings.
After a first half that saw neither team shoot better than 36 percent from the field in the first half, the Trail Blazers took control of the game in the third quarter. Rookie Greg Brown, who sat out the first half, put up eight points in just under eight third-quarter minutes, Antonio Blakeney, added six while the team held the Clippers to just 4-of-23 shooting from the field.
“The main thing was getting stops and getting defensive rebounds,” said Emmanuel Mudiay of the Trail Blazers improved play after the intermission. “I think they was beating us on defensive rebounds a lot and obviously transition. We took that…