The Rose Garden was rocking (when isn’t it?) at the tip of the game, and the Blazers looked like they came ready to play. The problem was so did the Heat.
When the Miami Heat are allowed to get out and run they are unbeatable. Plain and simple. No other team in the league can keep up with Dwayne Wade and LeBron James in a foot race. If they have a weakness it’s in the half-court game, where they can sometimes rely too much on one-on-one play. Even though the Heat only had 6 fast break points, it seemed like Wade and LeBron were focused on adding to their highlight reels. And there was really nothing Portland could do about it.
LaMarcus Aldridge started the game hot hitting his first five shots, and the Blazers jumped out to an early 14-6 lead. Miami called a timeout to quiet down the frenzied crowd. It worked as the Heat went on a 26-10 run to end the quarter. They increased the lead to 25 points in the third quarter, however the Blazers had a little run left in them (this is the NBA after all) cutting the lead to 10 points with four and a half minutes left in the game. As you can probably tell by just reading the headline to this blog the Blazers ran out of steam at the end and ended up falling 107-93.
One bright note for Portland was the play of Joel Przybilla. Playing his first game in almost a year to the day (March 7th, 2011) Przybilla logged in 19 minutes and grabbed six boards. He looked absolutely gassed, and is definitely not in mid-season shape yet, but he had the best +/- on the team with a +10. After losing Thomas for who knows how long it was great to see a big fella throw his weight around on the defensive end. That was severely lacking from last night’s game against Denver, and it’s great to see now.
Bottom line is the Heat are a better team than the Blazers. They are better than most if not all teams in the league right now. Have to forget about this one.
Looking ahead Portland has two games at home that we should win (I definitely just jinxed it), followed by a wicked hard 7 game road stretch. Winning these next two games is a must if only to give us some leeway on the road games that follow. The Blazers are one game back in the playoff picture and can’t afford to slip too much further at this point in the shortened season.
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.