Trail Blazers Can't Overcome Turnovers In Preseason Loss To Jazz

PORTLAND -- In the first two games of Portland’s 2018 preseason, it seemed like one of the main goals was figuring out new ways to utilize returning players while also finding out what they had in the new additions. But the third preseason game served great reminder of just how potent of a trio Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkić can be. Lillard, McCollum and Nurkić combined to go 26-of-33 from the field and 9-of-13 from three for 64 points in Portland’s 123-112 loss to the Utah Jazz in front of a crowd of 15,879 Sunday night at the Moda Center. “I thought all three of those guys really played well," said Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts. "Damian was very efficient obviously, I thought he played with a good pace, had good looks and was very efficient with his offense. Nurk was outstanding defensively. I thought he disrupted things at the rim and in the paint, blocked shots, rebounded obviously. And then CJ had a very good all-around game. So those three, it was good to see them out there playing that well.”