Momentum Building Win
San Antonio didn’t start Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, or Manu Ginobili in last night’s matchup at the Rose Garden. Gregg Poppovich said before the game that he had chosen to rest his stars since they were playing three games in four nights.
BOXSCORE | My POST GAME NOTES
Portland 137, San Antonio 97
When: 10:00 PM ET, Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Where: Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon
Officials: #45 Brian Forte, #73 Tre Maddox, #9 Derrick Stafford
The Portland Trail Blazers took full advantage of the Spurs weakned lineup.
The Blazers ran up an amazing 137 points in a 137-97 blowout win.
It was a win that was great for the confidence of this team heading into the All-Star break.
1. LaMarcus Aldridge
LaMarcus Aldridge has stepped right back into the lineup with his high level of play after being out a few games with an injury. He filled up the stat sheet in last night’s win. Aldridge scored 21 points on an 8 for 12 night from the floor.
He made all five of his free throws and had seven rebounds and two steals.
2. Red Hot Shooting
The Blazers were on fire last night. Portland went 15 for 28 from three-point range as a team. Raymond Felton and Jamal Crawford, who have played poorly of late, combined to make nine three-pointers in this one. Portland shot 59.3% from the floor overall.
They also knocked down 20 out of 24 free throws.
3. Limiting the Turnovers
Portland had only nine turnovers in this game. Felton, Wesley Matthews, and Crawford combined for just two turnovers in the backcourt.
This was a game where the Blazers shared the ball well (31 assists) and minimized mistakes.
If Portland can take care of the ball like this on a normal basis, they’ll win a lot of games in the second half of the season.
4. Breakout Game for Eliot Williams
Eliot Williams generally doesn’t see much playing time, but he took full advantage of his time on the floor last night. He poured in 17 points in just 18 minutes. He is a player that could be big for this team in the future.
1. Offensive Rebounding
It’s really nitpicking to find anything negative to say about a 40 point win over the Spurs, but Portland only had seven offensive rebounds despite the Spurs missing Tim Duncan.
It would be nice to see the Blazers get more second chance opportunities moving forward.
The TrailBlazers have an extended All-Star break until next Wednesday. It was an up and down first half of the season, but at least the team went into the break in the right manner!