Portis echoed the same sentiments after the Bulls’ most complete win of the season.
“Just going out there and playing off each other,” Portis said. “Both of us can pick and pop. That’s always been a big thing with Fred’s offense, us being able to make shots. When you make shots his offense looks great. And both of us can make shots and take and make good shots. Also, me being at the 5 has also helped, too, because I can roll and I can pop, too, and I can just mix it up.”
As the rest of the basketball world tries to process what it is seeing, Hoiberg doesn’t seem shocked the young pair has found such a nice rhythm together.
Evgeni Malkin scored his ninth goal on the power play and Riley Sheahan tallied his third for Pittsburgh. Sidney Crosby scored his 13th with 2:48 to play, but the Penguins couldn’t manage the equalizer. Crosby has at least one point in 10 of the last 12 games. Pittsburgh had won five of six before Saturday.
Tristan Jarry made 13 saves, but allowed three first-period goals before he was pulled for Casey DeSmith. DeSmith, making his second career appearance, stopped eight shots.
“We just weren’t good enough, and it was the difference in the outcome,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “When you play good teams, you can’t spot them a three-goal lead. I’m not sure I understand why, but that’s something as a group we have to solve if we want to become the team we want to be.
On Sunday, Jacksonville’s defensive line was once again a sight to behold in the course of getting after Browns rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer, and this time it was Ngakoue leading the charge. In a very close contest, his performance had a huge impact on the outcome of the game and helped secure the seventh victory of the season for the Jags.