Slow, boring, and poorly played game by the Blazers. There’s not a whole lot left to say. I should just end this blog entry with that. But I can’t do that to my fans. I love you guys too much! So let’s dig into this game…
Portland played the Houston Rockets, who has now won four straight and sit in the sixth spot in the West. The Blazers lost 94-89. Obviously the game wasn’t a blowout by any stretch of the imagination, but it was never quite close enough down the stretch to think the Blazers could win. What hurt Portland right off the back was Nicolas Batum’s absence due to tendinitis in his left knee and is day-to-day. That’s a potential twenty points which I’m thinking would have helped immensely.
Outside of LaMarcus Aldridge (20 points) and J.J. Hickson (12 points, 10 boards), the players who did play didn’t play well. Two of the better outside shooting studs of the team, Jamal Crawford and Wesley Matthews, went a combined 7-26 from the field including 2-10 from three-point land. That’s terrible. The team as a whole shot just 40%.
And speaking of terrible, Aldridge continues to boggle my mind with his lack of rebounding production as he finished with six measly boards. The man is an inch shy of seven feet tall and he rebounds like he’s six inches shorter. Matthews, a guard, grabbed seven rebounds while Felton, a small point guard, grabbed five to himself. I don’t get it. I understand he’s technically a power forward and likes to draw the big guys guarding him to the outside because of his shot making ability, but I still can’t excuse a near seven footer for not grabbing close to 10 rebounds a night. I’m curious, am I the only one this bothers? Die hard Blazers fans out there let me know what you think.
As for some positives from the game, Aldridge did shoot the ball decently well going 7-15 from the field. He also knocked down just his second three-pointer of the year. Raymond Felton shot 6-11 scoring 14 points and dishing out eight assists. Also, Hickson’s double-double is something I love to see. I’ve said it before, but I really love that pick up. He might not be the most talented player, but he’s athletic and plays with so much hustle it’s really a joy to watch.
So the Blazers record falls to 27-31 on the year. Not great. Looking at the remaining schedule, however, I really only see three unwinnable games (Dallas, at Memphis, at San Antonio) and who knows, maybe we’ll get a surprise there. The rest of the games are very winnable in my opinion. Not like it matters for the playoffs or a high lottery pick, that ship has sailed. It would just be nice to finish the season on a high.
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.