Prior to last night’s game against the Wizards, Portland Trailblazers guard Wesley Matthews declared it a must-win situation. When coach Nate McMillan got wind of this during his pre-game press conference, he bluntly refuted that premise.
“I think all games are a must win, so what happens if we don’t?”
Three and a half hours after he made that statement, McMillan got his answer when his team lost to the Wizards, 83-79. They scored 10 points in the third quarter, 23 in the fourth and they shot 33% for the entire game. The Blazers looked lost on offense, lethargic on defense, and they allowed a struggling Wizards team to overcome a 12-point Portland lead and steal the game.