I guess the Portland Trail Blazers didn’t get the memo that I was going to be blogging for them, starting tonight against the Los Angeles Lakers.
The game started out picture perfect with Raymond Felton hitting a 3-pointer to open the game. That would be about all the highlights the Blazers would get. The Lakers would follow by going on a 37-4 run. The Lakers first 10 made field goals were all layups or dunks, the majority of which came from the two 7 foot beasts in the middle who dominated the paint early and often. Andrew Bynum already had a double-double recorded just midway through the 2nd quarter, finishing with 14 points and 19 rebounds. While Pau Gasol also finished with a double-double of his own going for 16 points and 12 boards. Kobe did his thing with a game high 28 points.
Meanwhile, the Blazers looked like they were playing golf rules where low score wins. They started the game by finishing the 1st quarter with an NBA season low 7 points. Absolutely nothing was falling, which became all the more frustrating to fans when they continued to settle for long jump shots. I know the Lakers have an intimidating front line, but you have to be aggressive going to the basket to hopefully get them in foul trouble and get some easy buckets. Especially when the shots aren’t falling. The blazers continued their bad shooting in the 2nd quarter leading to a season low for points in a half with 30. If it wasn’t for a 12 point spurt in the final 4:04 of the 2nd quarter, the Blazers would have set a franchise low for points in a half (24). So yeah, not such an awesome half for Portland.
All was not horrible for the Blazers, however, as they followed up season lows in the first half with a season high 36 point 3rd quarter (first half Blazers: 30 points, 3rd quarter Blazers: 36 points). Nicolas Batum and Jamal Crawford sparked the Blazers from downtown and finished with 18 points and 15 points respectively. LaMarcus Aldridge also added 18 points and 8 rebounds for the Blazers, but they could not get any closer than 10 points down the stretch.
The Blazers have now lost four of their last six games, and they won’t have much time to think about this loss with a huge game against the Spurs at home on Tuesday. With the All-Star break coming up every team wants to finish the first half of the season with some momentum. A win over the Spurs could be just the antidote.
About the Author
Written by Colin Chisholm
I'm a huge sports fan and basketball nut. I grew up in Oregon and now live in the great city of Chicago while trying to crack my way into the sports industry.