Trail Blazers ‘Needed’ Win vs. Raptors, Says Malcolm Brogdon

After experiencing three consecutive losses, the Portland Trail Blazers found themselves off to their worst season start since 2007-08. However, that all changed on Monday when the Blazers secured a 99-91 triumph on the road against the Toronto Raptors.

During the game, veteran guard Malcolm Brogdon took the lead with 21 points, just one point shy of Jerami Grant’s team-high. Brogdon expressed after the game the significance of this win for the Blazers, as it provides a much-needed morale boost early in the season:

“This win was crucial for us to believe,” Brogdon emphasized postgame. “In this league, it’s all about believing in yourself, your team, and what you’re striving to accomplish every night. In order for us to keep pushing forward and building, we need to mix in some wins. This feeling is motivating and feels really good. It’s important for the young guys to experience this early on in order to strive for more wins.”

While the Blazers may be on “tank watch” this season, it remains crucial for them to secure victories in order to facilitate player development. Although Brogdon may not require much development, it is paramount for players like Scoot Henderson and Shaedon Sharpe to learn how to win, and the only way that can be achieved is through experience.

Now, with a win in their bag, the Blazers can aim for another victory tomorrow night when they face the Detroit Pistons. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. PT.

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