Before I get to the game recap, I want to announce that Matt is the winner of the Gambler’s Corner challenge for the month of January! Keep your eyes open for Matt’s post coming up in the next week or so! Congratulations Matt!
Also in a Chad Ford chat today (ESPN insider who specializes in trade rumors and Draft stuff), he said that he belives the chances of Bosh being moved are fairly high, and up around 30%-40% now. That got me thinking, and how do you feel about this trade?
Would you do it? Would you do it if we had to give up another draft pick or Sergio? I think I would.
Possibly one of the best comebacks in Blazers history took place last night in
struggled all night with his shot and getting to the rim. They played suffocating D on him, and were successful in taking him out of the game (6 points). However, the beauty of this team is other players stepped up to shoulder that offensive void left by Roy . Roy
LA might be the most underrated Blazer. For the last month he has absolutely been killing. He came through for us again tonight with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Although he was only 9-21, he kept us in the game early, as he was the only one to could score.
Oden only played 18 minutes this game, and found himself in foul trouble. He had a hard time dealing with the smaller and quicker Hornets front line. He still managed to put up 6 points and 6 boards. Oden continues to look better each game on the offensive side of the floor. He looks more in control then I have ever seen him, and it’s scary to think that he is only 50% of what he can be physically and skill wise.
Sergio did a serviceable job again tonight, but this was truly Bayless’s night. Sergio played 19 minutes and had 6 points (two very nice takes to the rim) and 2 turnovers.
Batum played only 15 minutes and was somewhat of a non-factor. He ended with 5 points and 4 boards.
Bayless was the emotional spark off the bench that the Blazers needed. He ended with 19 points (7-9 from the field), 6 assists, 2 steals in only 24 minutes. He played with an enormous amount of energy, and had multiple dunks that got the Blazers back into the game. When Bayless plays like this, one can only ask if he should be given all of the backup minutes at PG. He clearly looks like he has a future as a PG with this team.
Travis came up huge for tonight in the 4th quarter by hitting several key jumpshots. Travis was hot from the beginning, but found himself on the bench due to foul trouble. It is always nice to have another clutch shooter to fall back on when
isn’t hitting. Travis ended with 16 points (7-11 shooting) and 6 boards. Great effort. Roy
If Bayless is the offensive MVP of this game, then Przy is the defensive MVP. Przy practically shut down David West in the last 8 minutes of the game, allowing the Blazers to take the lead and never look back. I think you will find many people who agree that Joel is the best backup center in the league and how lucky the Blazers are to enjoy such a luxury.
Rudy also was huge in the comeback and found his range at the right time. Rudy ended with 15 points on 4-8 shooting (3-6 from deep), and was huge in grabbing 8 rebounds. It seems Rudy hasn’t had a great game in a while, and it was great to see him step up in this one.