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Playoff hopes slipping away

Posted By Colin Chisholm On Mar 13 2012 @ 11:31 pm In Portland Trail Blazers | 3 Comments

There’s ugly, and then there’s ugly– and watching the Portland Trailblazers play basketball as of late is ugly of the italicized variety. Tonight’s game against the Indiana Pacers holds true to that as the Blazers fall 92-75.

Portland shot an abysmal 31% from the field going 20-64 in the game. They shot just 2-15 in the first quarter which is the fewest field goals Portland has made since STATS, Inc. began keeping records in 2002-03. Half way through the fourth quarter the Blazers had only 12 made field goals (Obviously finishing with 20, so I guess they are heading into their next game on fire?). Lamarcus Aldridge led the team with 17 points, but made all five of his field goals in the second quarter. The Pacers locked down on his go to move and forced him into tough shots in the second half. The only thing that kept the Blazers from true embarrassment is their play from the foul line. They shot 30-38 from the line while the Pacers were just 8-15.

The Blazers look like a team that is about to give up on the year, if they haven’t already. With the trade deadline coming fast (Thursday at 3 p.m. ET) everyone is hoping Portland makes a move. Any move. And I highly doubt that happens. Jamal Crawford is looking like the most likely trade bait for Portland, but they are asking for first round draft picks and/or a quality starting guard in return. That’s just not going to happen. I like him, but he’s a very streaky and inconsistent shooter which no contending team is willing to trade for right now at the price Portland is asking.

The Blazers need to go all out. Right now, this year. They need to make a change and I think everyone on the team should be available to trade. That includes LaMarcus Aldridge. Aldridge is very good, not great. Yes he’s an All-Star, but I don’t think you can build a team around him. He’s just not that type of player. He would be a great number two guy. However I don’t think the Blazers have the pieces to trade for a number one guy without offering him up. It won’t happen, but I really wish it would. I would love for Portland to make a huge gamble like that. What’s the worst that will happen? They don’t make the playoffs? They aren’t going to the way they are built right now either. This city needs some new blood pumped into the team.

Assuming the Blazers stick to the roster they have now, they need to win two of their next three games. That would make them 3-4 on the road trip and would potentially keep them alive for a playoff spot. Portland plays the Knicks, Bulls, and Thunder in that order. It’s not going to happen. A big change is needed. Let’s hope we get one.

I’ll see you all Wednesday in New York.

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