Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers Blog: Love’ Em & Hate’ Em

Nice!!! 3-0 Start

Our fearless captain may be gone but Rip City is on fire, and can you believe the Portland Trailblazers are a perfect 3-0 to start the season for the second year in a row?

Portland 111, Denver 102
When: 10:00 PM ET, Thursday, December 29, 2011
Where: Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon
Officials: #52 Pat Fraher, #32 Eddie F. Rush, #66 Haywoode Workman
Attendance: 20531

The latest meeting was a 111-102 fiery shootout over the visiting Denver Nuggets.

A game that left fans along with coach Nate McMillan perplexed, as a mix of statistics just didn’t add up to a Blazers win.

Still, Portland preserved its untarnished record heading into the New Year, courtesy of some game changing performances that give every Blazer fan a spark of hope heading into 2012.

Love ‘Em

1.Raymond Felton

Okay so most of us knew Raymond Felton could deliver, but after scoring 17 points through the Blazers’ first two games, who would have suspected he’d put up 23 against Denver.

Felton also had six assists and five rebounds. But saved his best for last.

Raymond Felton Portland Trail Blazers

Raymond Felton? Who would have suspected he'd put up 23 against Denver? - (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)

As the Blazers were clinging to a late 104-100 lead, Felton scored the final seven points and drew a timely charge on Ty Lawson in the closing seconds.

Maybe he had a little extra motivation, from his former team.

2. Defense

Portland held the Nuggets to just 40.2 percent from the field.

Hate ‘Em

1. Turnovers

The Blazers committed a –cover-your-eyes –25 turnovers, the biggest turnover discrepancy in a Blazers win in franchise history.

2. Rudy Fernandez

 The former Blazers guard was greeted with chorus of boos when he entered the game and finished with just seven points. He shot 2 of 8 from the field, making just 1 of 5 three-pointers.

New city, still the same Rudy Fernandez.

I think it’s safe to say that the Trailblazers finished 2011 with bang, and I can’t wait to see how they ring in the New Year with their first road game against the Clippers on Sunday.

Until then Portland sports fans, Happy New Year !


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