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Blazers Season in the Books

After last night’s 96-94 loss at Utah, the Portland Trail Blazers 2011-2012 NBA season is now in the books. Portland finished with a record of 28-38.

Utah 96, Portland 94
When: 8:00 PM ET, Thursday, April 26, 2012
Where: EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
Officials: #56 Mark Ayotte, #12 Violet Palmer, #57 Greg Willard
Attendance: 19554

The Blazers started the season hot, but it didn’t last long. There were team chemistry issues in the middle of the season, and Nate McMillan was let go around this time. Kaleb Canales took over, but the team could never really get it going again near the end of the season.

All in all, it has to be considered a disappointing season for the Blazers.

Last night’s game didn’t mean much to either team, but the Jazz came from behind to win with a 10-0 run in the fourth quarter.

Portland had a shot to win it with one second left, but Wesley Matthews’ three-pointer was off target.

Love ‘Em

1. J.J. Hickson

The best move the Blazers made all year was to pick up J.J. Hickson. Hickson was let go by the Kings, but he has been the Blazers best player over the last few weeks.

He went 10 for 13 from the floor last night. He led the team with 20 points and 9 rebounds.

Portland needs to find a way to keep him around for next season.

2. Jonny Flynn

Jonny Flynn has had a chance to show his stuff over the last few games, and overall he has looked good. Last night was probably his best game as a Portland Blazer. Flynn scored 18 points and racked up 11 assists.

Blazers vs. Jazz; Love 'em & Hate 'em

Blazers vs. Jazz; Love 'em & Hate 'em (Photo Courtesy Craig Mitchelldyer-US PRESSWIRE)

Hate ‘Em

1. Wesley Matthews

Wesley Matthews simply didn’t have his shot last night. He finished 4 for 18 from the floor. He scored 14 points, but when you put up 18 shots to score 14 points you are hurting the team.

2. Rebounding

The Jazz dominated the boards through the entire game last night. Portland had just six offensive rebounds compared to Utah’s 13. Overall, the Jazz had 48 rebounds to just 36 for the Blazers.

3. Luke Babbitt

Luke Babbitt didn’t have a ton of chances to play this year, and he ended with his worst effort of the year. He went 3 for 11 from the floor, and 1 for 8 from beyond the arc in this game.

Despite playing 38 minutes he also had zero assists.

Let’s hope the Blazers put together a good offseason and come back a much stronger team next season!

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