First off, I want to announce my new co-author of this blog Ryan Gossett. He will be assisting me and game summary’s and previews, along with covering for me when I have too many dates to blog. When you get a chance give Goose a shoutout.
Well, it looks like we are on the opposite end of a streak. The Blazers lost to the Jazz 97-88 for their second consecutive loss. The story of the game was our poor shooting from downtown, and their points in the paint. Blazers shot 6-27 (22.2%) from the 3 pt. line. Even if they make 33% from three that is another 12 points, which in theory would have given us the win. It was an unusually off night for the Blazers from 3, where they normally shoot 41%.
The other story of the game was
Bottom line, the Blazers are a jump shooting team and our shots just weren’t falling tonight for whatever reason. They were getting good open looks, just not cashing in and making
Lamarcus Aldrdige: Aldridge came out like a man possessed, ripping the Jazz for 12 points in the first quarter, made up of not only jump shots, but tough post moves as well. Aldridge again had a stretch in the 4th quarter where he scored 6 points in a row, and started our comeback. However, the Jazz quicklyadjusted and began sending double teams his way, and as we already noted we could not capitalize on the open shots. Overall another strong game for Lamarcus.
Greg Oden: Oden continues to look very weak with the ball, as he got stripped multiple times by smaller players. He did however have a few offensive boards that helped keep possessions alive. Oden found himself at a big disadvantage on the defensive end, as he could not stay with the quickness of Okur or Millsap. Oden continues to be the most inconsistent Blazer on a night to night basis.
Steve Blake/Sergio Rodriguez: Both of our point guards played poorly this game, and might have combined for our worst effort out of the point guard position all season. Blake who has been on fire as of late, went 2-7(28.5%) from 3 even though most were wide open looks. Blake’s defense on Deron Williams was above average, but he could not counter on the offensive end. In stark contrast Williams gave Sergio fits all night. Not only could he not hang physically, but Williams quickness was also a problem for Sergio. It is somewhat ironic that the game after what was possibly Sergio’s best of the year, he came out and posted 0 assists and 4 turnovers in just 18 minutes. Which raises the question once again, is he our future at the backup point guard position?
Rudy Fernandez: Rudy also had a rough night shooting. He was 1-6 (16.6%) from 3, and it is also notable that 6 of his 7 shots were from deep. It would have been nice to see Rudy adjust and get to the rim a little more to hopefully gain his rhythm and also capitalize on his great free throw shooting.
Frye & Outlaw: Both of these guys were also ineffective all night. What hurts the most with these two is if their jumper’s are not falling they fail to bring anything else to the table. Granted both have shown the ability to put up other stats when given ample time (especially Frye), but unfortunately there is no minutes to be found on this deep team.
Joel Pyzbilla: The vanilla gorilla did not get much time tonight despite Oden’s less than impressive outing as he has a tough time extending out on centers who can shoot (i.e. Okur). Pyrz was mostly a non factor.
Game Summary in One Sentence:
Poor jump shooting, and poor defensive rotations, leading to layups, combined for a Blazers road loss.
Well, it’s never easy to write after a loss, but here’s to our next 10 of 12 games at home. Let’s start another streak.
Fire & Rice out (Goose & Kyle).