L.A. Clippers vs. Trail Blazers Blog: Love’ Em & Hate’ Em

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A little pay back is always nice, and that’s exactly what the Trailblazers dished out to the Clippers at the Rose Garden on Tuesday, en route to a  105-97 victory to improve to 7-2 on the season.

Portland 105, L.A. Clippers 97
When: 10:00 PM ET, Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Where: Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon
Officials: # Tre Maddox, #38 Michael Smith, #65 Sean Wright
Attendance: 20381

Portland thankfully corrected its errors from the first contest between these two teams, keeping the ball moving  while minimizing turnovers, but still forcing TO’s, and playing good position defense.

Mistakes were few, leading to a well-fought contest which the Blazers can be proud of winning.

Love ‘Em

1. Gerald Wallace

He really set the tone for this game with an jaw-dropping jam early on, and then finished with 20 points on 8-10 shooting with 2-4 threes made, 4 assists, 4 rebounds, and a steal.

He was awesome in the opening quarter and stepped up every time the Blazers got in danger.

2. Defense

Unlike the first meeting in Los Angeles, the Blazers dictated the tempo in this one, and was way more aggressive on the pick-and-roll defense, and  trapping the post-ups.

Clippers vs. TrailBlazers

L.A. Clippers vs. Trail Blazers Blog: Love’ Em & Hate’ Em - (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

The defense did a good job containing Blake Griffin the paint.

Hate ‘Em

1. Rebounds  

The Blazers did let LA walk all over them on the boards during long stretches. The gang rebounding just wasn’t there and they allowed the Clips 13 offensive rebounds. That shouldn’t have happened.

That’s like five games’ worth. They can’t get away with that too often.

2. Blake Griffin

It seems that he has taken a major step towards Kevin Garnett-level villainy at the Rose Garden. A late foul call after he tousled with Wallace led to raucous booing throughout an entire timeout.

Now  the Blazers must play what will be a brutal game tonight against the Orlando Magic who are rested and who cause matchup and style problems for the Blazers.

Then it’s on the road for San Antonio, Houston, New Orleans, Atlanta, Toronto, and Detroit. Portland‘s record over the next seven games will show us just where the Blazers really are a team.


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