After starting out their 2021 summer league with consecutive victories, the Portland Trail Blazers were thumped 97-64 by the Indiana Pacers Thursday afternoon at Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of UNLV.
“I told the guys after the game, I said ‘Welcome to the NBA,’” said summer league head coach/regular season assistant coach Roy Rogers. “This is what happens. You start feeling too good about yourselves and you come in and play a team that’s desperate for a win. They’re 0-2 and they jumped out on us and give the credit to Indiana, they were more physical on both ends of the court.”
The Trail Blazers are now 2-1 in Las Vegas with one game to play before the start of the summer league tournament, which begins Monday.
While Thursday’s contest wasn’t technically a wire-to-wire loss for the Trail Blazers, they trailed 9-0 a little over a minute into the action at Thomas & Mack and held the lead for total of 11 seconds versus a Pacers team that entered the contest having lost their first two games.
Though after trailing by as many as 10 points in the first half, the Blazers managed to get the Pacers’ advantage down to seven before the halftime intermission.
But any hope of remaining perfect at summer league was scuttled when the Trail Blazers managed to score just seven points in the third quarter on 3-of-16 shooting from the field and 0-of-6…