What I found most baffling is the stark contrast between our play on Sunday versus the Spurs and our play last night.
It’s a good thing we are a 4th quarter team, because I can’t count the number of times that has saved our butts this year. After being held to only 4 points in the first half,
Brandon Roy – Is there any question who the most valuable player on this team is? Roy Wonder does it again, and saves us in the 2nd half.
LaMarcus Aldridge – LA had another good game, and continues his streak of solid play with Oden out. LA ended with 21 (8-17 FG) and 7 boards. He had somewhat of a difficult time scoring on the more physical players on
Travis Outlaw – Outlaw was the only one who kept us in the game in the first half, where he scored 17 of his 21 (9-15 FG). He also added 6 boards, a steal and a block. Good game from Travis, and he did exactly what we need/expect him to do when our starters are sputtering on offense.
Steve Blake – Blake wasn’t every effective against the quickness of TJ Ford, but managed for force him into a difficult shot late in the game when it mattered. Blake ended with 9 points (2-9 FG) and only 2 assists. We’ve definitely seen better from Blake, let’s hope he matches up better with Billups tonight.
Rudy Fernandez – Rudy continued his streak of average play with 8 points (2-6 FG) and 4 assists. He wasn’t much of a factor either way, you can really see him hitting that rookie wall.
Joel Przybilla – Przy played through some flu like symptoms and ended with 12 boards (8 offensive), and 10 points. Solid game for Przy, despite feeling below average physically.
Nicolas Batum – Batum continues to look for his shot more then in the past, and although he only ended with 5 points, it is good to see him gain some confidence to take the ball to the hoop.
Bayless/Sergio – Together they only played 18 minutes and ended with 5 points and 2 assists. Not much of a factor, and I expect it to continue this way through the playoffs.
Game Summary in One Sentence – Out-worked, out-hustled, and out-played for 3 quarters, but the Blazers pull one out of their ass in the 4th again.