The Blazers need to score more 3 point field goals (swish3s) than the opponent to win games this year, as this game 1 clearly showed us. NBA teams can be expected to increase swish3 FGAs this year, with the Warriors trying 69 of them in the preseason against us. Blazers will need to average at least 18 made swish3s per game, In Game 1 Oct 20 vs Sac Kings, Blazers lost, scoring 12 of 35 vs Sac 17 of 41. That gave Sac a 15 point margin and contributed to the 121 to 124 loss. To win, we need to account for and improve swish3 shooting. And we need to play tight defense to prevent 8 of 9 swish3 (2nd half) shooting by Barnes! CJ led scoring 6 of 11, RoCo scored 2 of 7, Nurk and Nas each scored 1 of 1, Simons scored 1 of 2, Norm scored 1 of 3. Larry was 0 of 1 and Dame was 0 of 9. This was an off game for Dame. Let's hope we do not see another one like that! Blazers allowed 38 Sac points scored in each of the 2nd and 3rd Q, including several poorly defended layups and swish3s. The defense must progress and can certainly be more active and relentless. Swish3 scoring by CJ, Nurk, and Nas deserves acknowledgement. Let it continue! Practice hard, learn from the weak points, gain proficiency, and bring intensity to the Suns game (Sat) and win it, Blazers!