So much for Fan Appreciation Night. The Blazers got thoroughly outplayed in their final home game of the season against the Utah Jazz, losing 112-91.
Once again Portland was without three of their starters (LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum, Raymond Felton). That’s a lot of points to make up from reserve players. To top it off, the Utah Jazz are sitting on the eighth spot playing for their playoff lives with only one game separating them, the Houston Rockets, and the Phoenix Suns. All of that add up to a boring and ugly game.
The game started off entertaining enough as both teams looked great offensively. The quarter ended with the Blazers down 26-23. That’s where Devin Harris decided to take things over. He had 25 points by halftime, and seemed to have that extra gear that Portland defenders couldn’t match. The Jazz almost doubled up the Blazers in the second quarter outscoring them 31-16 to take a commanding 18 point lead at the half. It was over from that point on.
The only good news after halftime was holding Harris to just two points for the rest of the game. Though it’s only because they didn’t need him to score anymore. On the Blazers’ side, there isn’t much fun stuff to talk about. Wesley Matthews lead the Blazers with 21 points, but he still shot under 50% from the field. As a team the Blazers shot just 39% from the floor as apposed to Utah’s 48%. Included in that is Utah’s blistering three-pointing shooting which they shot at a 59% clip. Needless to say the defense was not there tonight for the Blazers.
Hasheem Thabeet, the world’s worst 7-footer with the exception of Greg Oden, got some substantial minutes but finished with just four points and six rebounds. Nolan Smith also played most of the game and did score 16 points, but still isn’t living up to expectations as a first round pick. Both players may benefit from an offseason in the gym, but who really knows. A disappointing year for both to be sure. My boy J.J. Hickson didn’t even have his usual good game. He finished with a quiet 16 points and 9 boards, but shot just 4-11 and never really got going.
Wow, what a depressing blog. I assume most of you are feeling like I’m feeling, but if not I apologize for bringing you down to my level. As basketball fans I think we’ll all enjoy the playoffs, which is now just over a week away. But before that we got three more Blazers games to go. Memphis is up next, and I’m not too optimistic there either.
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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.