Blazers “Defeat” Bobcats
“Q” here. Matt who normally writes the Blazers post game stuff for us has taken a pass on the Love’em Hate’em’s for a while. So it falls onto my lap. I do watch 95% of the Blazers games, so hope I live up to his standards.
Here we go!
BOXSCORE | My POST GAME NOTES
Portland 97, Memphis 84
When: 10:00 PM ET, Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Where: Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon
Officials: #74 Curtis Blair, #24 Mike Callahan, #63 Derek Richardson
Front End of Yet Another Back-to-Back
The Portland Trail Blazers demolished the Charlotte Bobcats 112-68 last night. The Bobcats may be the worst team in the league, but there is nothing wrong with a thorough beating like last night’s to help boost the Blazers ego.
This could serve as a momentum building win that could propel Portland moving forward.
Portland jumped out to a 35-18 lead after the first quarter, and they never looked back.
The Blazers led by 44 points after three quarters, and the 112-68 beat down the Blazers handed Charlotte was the worst in Bobcats team history.
1. Jamal Crawford
Jamal Crawford is known as a streaky scorer, and last night he was on in a big way. Crawford nailed 9 out of 14 total shots from the floor, including four of six from three-point range.
If that wasn’t enough, he also chipped in with two steals on the defensive end.
2. Aggressive Defense
The Bobcats had 20 turnovers in this one, and the most impressive part of that statistic is that the Blazers had 18 steals. This tells us that it wasn’t just Charlotte throwing it away or travelling, but rather it was Portland’s aggressive defense that forced them into mistakes.
This kind of defense should help them win a lot more games if they can keep it up.
3. Playing Time for the Bench
It was nice to see guys like Craig Smith, Elliot Williams, Armon Johnson, Luke Babbit, and Nolan Smith get some extended minutes last night. These are guys that the Blazers will need in the future, and the more minutes they can get them now the better off they’ll be in the long run.
To be honest, you have to be pretty nitpicky to find many negatives in a blowout win like this, but since there is always room for improvement, I will list a couple minor negatives.
1. Defensive Rebounding
Charlotte grabbed 12 offensive rebounds in this one. Portland needs to do a better job keeping the opposition off the offensive boards. In close games these second opportunities will really hurt.
It is pretty understandable since it was such a blowout, but the Blazers got a little sloppy late in the game last night. Portland finished with 17 turnovers, which is a few more than Nate McMillan and his staff would like to see.
The Blazers have proven they can win at home. Now, they’ll have a chance to keep their momentum going and pick up a road win in Sacramento Thursday night.
The Blazers have already beaten Sacramento twice this year, but both of those were at the Rose Garden. Can they win at Arco Arena?