Hornets vs. Trail Blazers blog: love ’em & hate ’em

Bounce Back Win at Home

The Portland Trail Blazers took care of business last night against one of the worst teams in the NBA. Portland jumped on New Orleans early and coasted to an 86-74 win. The Blazers are back at .500 on the season.

Portland Trailblazers 86, New Orleans 74
When: 10:00 PM ET, Monday, March 5, 2012
Where: Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon
Officials: #30 John Goble, #14 Ed Malloy, #44 Eli Roe
Attendance: 20520

The TrailBlazers have had trouble at home against inferior opponents of late, so it was nice to see them dominate a game the way they did last night.

Love’ Em

1. Ball Movement

One of the main issues this team has had this year is the tendency for the team to stand around and not move the ball. Last night the Blazers had 19 assists on 31 field goals.

If this team moves the ball around this well on a consistent basis it will make their offense much more effective.

2. Marcus Camby

We’ve been wondering when Marcus Camby would return to putting up big stats, and last night was the night. Camby pulled down 16 rebounds, and he also blocked two shots and had two steals.

He is a very important player for the Blazers, and it was great to see him shine.

3. Raymond Felton

Raymond Feltonhas been on the other side of this list numerous times, so it is only fair to give him credit for a nice performance last night. He didn’t light it up from the floor (he had 11 points on 5 of 10 shooting), but he did what Portland needs a point guard to do.

Hornets vs. Trailblazers

We’ve been wondering when Marcus Camby would return. - (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Felton finished with 10 assists and only one turnover.

Hate’ Em

1. No Time for the Bench

This seemed like a perfect opportunity to get bench players quite a bit of playing time. After all, the Blazers were leading by 20 points in the fourth quarter of this game.

Guys like Nolan Smith and Craig Smith only saw a couple minutes of playing time. It would be nice to give them a chance in a game like this.

2. Poor Shooting from Beyond the Arc

It didn’t matter in this one, but 6 for 22 from three-point won’t help you win too many games. The TrailBlazers need to find their stroke from the outside.

The Blazers will head to Minnesota on Wednesday night to try to get back above the .500 mark.

Wednesday’s game is the first of a tough seven game road trip.

Team Statistics

New Orleans Portland
Fast Break Points 5 Fast Break Points 9
Points in the Paint 34 Points in the Paint 40
Biggest Lead 5 Biggest Lead 26



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