Portland Trail Blazers vs Phoenix Suns: Lineup, Preview and Prediction 10/18/17

NBA power rankings: Blazers right in the middle

There was nearly nothing remarkable about the Suns' performance in their season opener against the Blazers.

This mark exceeded the previous National Basketball Association record, which was a 44-point loss to the then-Seattle SuperSonics back on April 2, 1988.

The NBA has made a decision to suspend Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard C.J. McCollum for the season-opener for leaving the bench during a preseason game, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The star point guard led it, Damian Lillard, who scored 27 points on 50 percent shooting from the field with five rebounds, five assists, three blocks and a steal in 30 minutes game time. Portland finished the half with a 60-35 lead, having hit 7 of 13 shots from 3-point range and Phoenix at 28.6 percent from the field with only four assists.

Ultimately, this may serve as a strong basis for the Blazers to build off moving forward early in the 2017-18 regular season.

"Portland came in here and basically kicked our butts as bad as they could", Watson said. The Los Angeles Clippers held the previous record on November 6, 1987, in their game against the Denver Nuggets with a 46-point deficit.

After three quarters, the Blazers led 98-55.

Portland hit 48.9 percent from the floor and were 14 of 24 (58.3 percent) from beyond the arc.

After an and-1 by Bledsoe to pull the Suns to within 31-18 at the 9:53 mark of the second quarter, the Trail Blazers scored 10 straight points. Most tellingly, the Portland bench outscored its Phoenix counterparts 24-0.

Trail Blazers: The one-game suspension, for taking a few steps off the bench in a preseason game, cost McCollum $165,000. Here is the single question you have to ask to figure out if Portland's going to be good: Do you believe in Nurkic fever?

Len sprained his left ankle at practice Saturday; meanwhile, Jared Dudley (left foot surgery) was also ruled out prior to tip-off.

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