Revenge exacted. The Blazers used a dominant run at the end of the first quarter to exact their revenge against the Bobcats, whom they lost to in
LA started off hot from the field. He hit 9 of his first 11 shots and started the Blazers spark early. He ended the game with 25 points and 9 boards on 11-15 from the field. After last game, I thought LA would come out and establish himself early, he definitely didn’t disappoint.
So where are all you Oden haters now? Oden played yet another stellar game against some above average competition in Emeka Okafor. Oden finished with 14 points, 14 boards, and 3 blocks. Each game Oden looks more and more active and dominate. He is a killer on the offensive glass, and what’s scary is one could argue he is not even 100% yet. Now we are beginning to see why there was so much hype surrounding him. I can’t wait to see what he does in the 2nd half of the season.
Roy, who always has a hard time vs. Raja Bell, ended with a solid 17 points, 3 assists, and 2 boards. Not your typical
Roygame, but what’s awesome about is, instead of forcing things, he defers to teammates who may have a better matchup that night. He is unselfish and doesn’t force things until he absolutely has to (4th quarter). Fortunately we didn’t need it tonight. Also I will keep you posted, but the All-Star reserves are announced tonight and if Brandon Roy isn’t on the team then I will punch every Western Conference Coach in the face (verbally). Brandon
Sergio brought his usual stuff tonight. Nothing he did stood out to me either way, good or bad. Maybe that’s a good thing from your point guard?
Besides an awesome reverse ally-oop, Rudy wasn’t much of a factor on offense tonight. He did have quite a few plays on defense though which is good to see. I am glad even though he is wearing down a bit, he still manages to be a factor. I think that says a lot about Rudy and his long term potential.
Batum played good tonight and did his usual long-armed thing. It is always hard to judge how Batum played by looking at the box score because he does so many of the little things for this team. But another solid game from the 20 year old rookie.
Believe it or not Bayless was intense tonight. You could argue that he sparked the run to end the first quarter with his inspired play. It was nice to Bayless hit a few outside jumpers tonight including a 3. He was 4th on the team tonight in scoring with 11.
I liked Outlaw’s game tonight because even though his shot wasn’t falling he still hustled and contributed. Travis ended with 5 boards and 3-3 from the line. He played with good energy and hustle tonight. Now if we could just get this out of him on the nights he is hitting too, we’d be on to something.
The Thrilla only played 17 minutes tonight but did a decent job. He only had 2 boards and block, but brought solid D against Okafor.
Frye played really hard for 2 minutes, and looked average.
How come anytime I see Shavlik play, all I can think about is him in the fetal position on an airplane?