Poor Second Half Dooms Blazers
The Portland Trail Blazers went into the locker room with a 63-54 lead over the Bucks last night.
Milwaukee 116, Portland 94
When: 8:30 PM ET, Saturday, April 7, 2012
Where: Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Officials: #71 Rodney Mott, #50 Olandis Poole, #79 Kevin Scott
The second half, especially the fourth quarter, was not pretty at all for the Blazers. Portland led 83-81 with 2 minutes left in the third quarter, but they were outscored 35-11 the rest of the game.
It was disappointing for the team to not be able to build on their momentum from the huge in Dallas.
1. Luke Babbitt
Luke Babbitt continues to impress in the small amount of time he is given. He poured in 12 points in just 18 minutes of action. He has made 25 out of 48 three-point shots this season.
Look for him to get more of a chance in the team’s last few weeks.
2. Free Throw Shooting
The TrailBlazers knocked down 20 out of 23 free throw attempts in this one. No one in the backcourt missed a free throw all night. If the Blazers keep shooting this well from the line it will help them in close games down the stretch.
Portland controlled the glass against Dallas a couple nights ago, but it was the Bucks who controlled the boards in this one. Milwaukee grabbed 16 offensive rebounds compared to just eight for the Blazers.
Portland finished with just five second chance points. The Bucks racked up 19 second chance points.
2. Three-Point Defense
The Bucks knocked down 12 three-point jumpers in this one. Portland continually gave very good shooters open looks. Brandon Jennings, Beno Udrih, and Ersan Ilyasova combined to make 10 out of 13 shots from beyond the arc.
3. Failing to Get Back Defensively
Milwaukee gets out on the break about as good as anyone in the NBA right now. Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis push the tempo in a big way. Portland didn’t do a good job keeping the Bucks out of the open court in this game.
Milwaukee scored 18 fast break points.
It will take a massive hot streak for the Blazers to get into the playoffs at this point. Portland must take advantage of a three-game home stand starting Monday against the Houston Rockets.