Portland, Ore. • All that preseason progress? The talk of chemistry and improvement and a playoff push? Nowhere to be found inside the Rose Garden Arena on Monday night.
The Jazz trail the Trail Blazers 70-46 at halftime. Making matters worse is that it's a couple of guys the Jazz are very familiar with who are leading the way.
Rookie point guard Damian Lillard, who played collegiately at Weber State, has 14 points and three assists, while former Jazz guard Wesley Matthews added eight points. Blazers forward Nicolas Batum led all scorers in the half with 15 points.