After holding a 16 point lead in the third quarter, and dominating most of the game, the Blazers Let the New Jersey Nets claw their way back into the lead in the fourth. With just over five minutes to play Portland was down one, and on the verge of a season killing collapse, but they found a way to dig themselves out and went on a 16-4 run to finish the game. They won 101-88. FREE CHALUPAS!
LaMarcus Aldridge continued his good play against the New Jersey Nets as he went for 24 points and nine rebounds. Sharing the honors for player of the game had to be J.J. Hickson. Hickson had 18 points on 7-10 shooting, and seemed to gain more energy as the game unfolded. I really love that Portland picked him up. He brings so much energy and bounce to the team while he’s on the floor. Just a fun, and productive (usually) guy to watch.
Nicolas Batum had a double-double of his own finishing with 20 points and 10 boards. Again, if he can become more consistent for Portland I believe they can really build around him and Aldridge. And last but not least we have another great sighting of Raymond Felton, who flirted with a triple-double. He finished with 14 points, eight rebounds, and most importantly nine assists. A great all around game by him, making up for his play down the stretch against Utah.
On the other side, the Nets showed some heart and fought back, but not having their All-Star guard Deron Williams due to a stomach flu really hurt them. A gift to Portland, which the Blazers need more of to make the playoffs. Two of the three teams ahead of Portland lost (Utah, Denver), but the Blazers haven’t won back-to-back games since January. Crazy but true. That is just not going to cut it.
They are four games back in the loss column to Denver who holds the eighth spot. Four back with 11 games to go is not the place they want to be. I think I may have been drinking the optimistic Kool Aid on my last entry. For the Blazers to make the playoffs they need so much to go right it’s not even funny. The worst part of it, however, is due to them winning they are now looking at very few ping pong balls. Very few ping pong balls means little chance at a second high lottery pick. I really like some of the pieces Portland has right now, but luck hasn’t really bounced Portland’s way in a long time, and I’m scared the Blazers are putting themselves in the worst possible position an NBA team can be in.
Side note: Gerald Wallace made his return to the Rose Garden for the first time since being traded. The Blazer players, coaching staff, and fans really made him feel welcome. You could tell everyone loved him.
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.