Blazers Take Care of Business
The Portland Trail Blazers didn’t get a good start against New Orleans last night, but the Blazers got their act together in time to take care of business. New Orleans actually built a nine-point lead in the third quarter, and they led by a point at 90-89 with 2:30 left.
BOXSCORE | RECAP
Portland 99, New Orleans 93
When: 10:00 PM ET, Thursday, March 29, 2012
Where: Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon
Officials: #45 Brian Forte, #13 Monty McCutchen, #12 Violet Palmer
Portland finished the game on a 9-3 run, and they came out on top 99-93.
This was a game the Blazers were expected to win, and it was good to see them finish the game strong.
1. Ball Movement
Something that has been a problem for the Blazers all year was actually a strength last night. Portland finished the game with 26 assists on 39 made field goals. When the team moves the ball this well it is a much better sign of team chemistry. Raymond Felton had ten assists to go along with his 12 points.
2. Luke Babbitt
Babbitt poured in a career-high 16 points in just 17 minutes off the bench. Babbitt knocked down four three-point shots. He has played sparingly this year, but Coach Canales seems to be giving him more of a chance.
Babbitt has hit 17 out of 33 three-pointers on the season.
3. Winning in the Paint
Portland finished last night with 44 points in the paint compared to the Hornets 32. This is an area the Blazers have typically been losing. LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 12 boards to lead the way.
In addition, J.J. Hickson was great off the bench again.
1. Inconsistent Play
The Blazers were still able to win this one because they were playing one of the worst teams in the league, but their inconsistent play through this game is a concern.
During certain stretches the team looked great, but Portland allowed the Hornets to go on several impressive runs in this game.
2. Jamal Crawford
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, Crawford really needs to step up for the Blazers. He was 0 for 6 from the floor last night and finished with just two points.
This is a guy that seems as if he either wants out of town or has massive confidence issues right now.
The Blazers will travel to Staples Center in Los Angeles to take on the Clippers Friday night.