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

This game was ugleeeeee.

The Trailblazers battled all night long trying to play catch up with Houston’s guards and big men, but despite the futile effort to gain any momentum, used their defense and small’s talent advantage to push the game into overtime where Houston’s guards put it away 107-105.

Houston 107, Portland 105
When: 8:00 PM ET, Saturday, January 14, 2012
Where: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Officials: #46 Matt Boland, #19 James Capers, #39 Kevin Fehr
Attendance: 11676

Love ‘Em

1. Nicolas Batum

With a nice spray of threes, Batum doused the fire more than once, actually leaving the Blazers ahead a point in the second quarter tally and only down  five at the half.

He finished the night going 9-15 shooting, 6-7 from the arc, 5-6 from the free throw line, 29 points, 4 offensive rebounds, 8 rebounds total, and four amazing blocked shots to save layups on the other end. Bravo!

2. Craig Smith

Who came alive in the second, scoring Portland’s first 8 points to tie the game.

Portland vs. Houston

Portland Trailblazers vs. Houston Rockets Recap

Hate ‘Em

1. An injured Marcus Camby

The home team took advantage of Camby’s absence, out-rebounding Portland 16-3 in the first en route to owning the Blazers on  the boards, with 54 total rebounds. Ouch!

2. Guard Defense

All I can say about Portland’s guard defense is….where is it? The Rockets just took turns picking on whomever they wished, and Raymond Felton looked like a joke. Portland’s guards have to do more than shoot and occasionally run off of steals if they want to win games.

The bigs have been helping out, but they’re responsible for their own men, and for rebounding.

The Blazers definitely missed the presence of Camby in Houston, but believe it or not this wasn’t the worst effort ever from the Blazers.

Now they will head to New Orleans with tired legs, a place where they will need to keep their focus on the back end of back-to-backs on the road.


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