Collins, Connaughton feel the pain
No Zach Collins, no Pat Connaughton, no win over San Antonio.
Sort of and maybe.
The Spurs were doing a good job against the Trail Blazers already in Tuesday's Las Vegas Summer League game, but Portland did have to play more than half the game with Collins, its top 2017 draft pick, and Connaughton, a returning regular-season roster guard.
Collins bruised his right thigh and left before halftime of his third pro game, which was not going that well for him, anyway, as Portland lost, 99-85
Connaughton, who hasn't shot great in the tournament, suffered a left hamstring injury.
Collins said his injury occurred in Portland's Sunday loss to Boston.
The Blazers (1-2 in league play) hope to have him back this week.
Portland begins tournament bracket play on Wednesday, facing the Chicago Bulls at 7 p.m. The format guarantees the Blazers at least five games total.
Both injured Blazers sat on the bench in the second half on Tuesday as the Spurs finished off a solid triumph.
Portland, which never led, couldn't stop Bryn Forbes, a second-year, 6-3 guard from Michigan State/Cleveland State. Forbes had 35 points, shooting 11 of 26 from the field and adding five rebounds and four assists. He was 6 of 11 from 3-point range.
Also for San Antonio, 6-4 guard Olivier Hanlan, a 2015 draft pick of Utah out of Boston College, had 16 points, making 7 of 9 shots from the floor.
Portland's other first-round pick of 2017, 6-9 forward Caleb Swanigan from Purdue, had 19 points and 13 rebounds in 32 of the 40 minutes, and sank 8 of 14 field-goal attempts.
Jake Layman, a second-year Blazer, went 1 of 9, including 0 for 2 on 3-pointers, and had three points in 30 minutes.
Connaughton was 3 of 6 and had seven points in 11 minutes.
The 7-0 Collins, listed as the team's starting center, had four points in 11 minutes. He made 2 of 3 from the floor and added four rebounds.
The Spurs (2-1) won the first quarter, 25-19. At the half, San Antonio led 54-41. Portland trailed 77-59 going into the final quarter.
Former University of Oregon forward Dillon Brooks scored 24 points off the bench to help Memphis beat Utah 84-81 in overtime. Brooks was 9 of 11 from the field. He hit a key 3 with one minute left in OT and blocked a 3 with 0.2 seconds left.
Another rookie from the U of O, forward Jordan Bell, had 11 rebounds, five points, six blocks, five assists and five steals for Golden State as the Warriors lost in two overtimes to Minnesota, 78-76.