Rick’s Picks: The weekly Portland Trail Blazers all-stars

Top Blazers – Last 7 Days

Without a single win to show for Rip City this week, it’s much harder to confer any sort of award for the past week’s most valuable Portland TrailBlazers. It wasn’t an issue of poor performance by individual players, but the poor performance by the team (no wins, three losses) that left quite the sour taste in all of the Blazer faithful.

As it stands the Blazers are one game under .500 and find themselves two games back in the race for the 8th spot in the Western Conference.

Putting the shortcomings aside here are my picks for the three best performances by a Blazer this past week.

First Star: Gerald Wallace (3/3: L v. Minnesota)

It was a Kevin Love homecoming this past Saturday night, and Gerald Wallace was doing all he could to spoil it.

Playing a team high 44 minutes, Wallace put up 25 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists and 5 steals.

It wasn’t enough however, as Portland fell to the Timberwolves 122-110.

At least the fans were able to get free chalupas after the game right?

Second Star: Jamal Crawford (2/29 L v. Denver)

In their first game after the All-Star break, the Blazers traveled to Denver, Colorado to take on the divisional rival Nuggets.

Gerald Wallace

Wallace did all he could this week to help RipCity

The Nuggets took control of the game early on, yet Jamal Crawford wouldn’t let Portland go away with out at least a bit of a fight. Putting up 21 points, on 8-15 from the field and 5-9 from 3 point land, Crawford also tallied 5 rebounds, 5 assists, a steal and 2 blocks.

However, Denver was able to continue their home reign over the Blazers and put away Portland 104-95.

Third Star: LaMarcus Aldridge (3/1: L v. Miami)

The Big 3 from South Beach made their one and only trip to Portland this past Thursday, and they looked every bit as good as advertised.

LaMarcus Aldridge was the lone Blazer to post 20 points, yet only shot the ball twice in the 4th quarter. Playing a team high 41 minutes Aldridge posted 20 points, on 10-18 shooting, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal.

This was by no means a top-tier performance from Portland’s lone All-Star, leaving much to be desired. However, Aldridge will be leaned on heavily during the 2nd half of the season if the Blazers want any chance of securing a playoff spot.

Dunk of the Week: Gerald Wallace (3/3 Portland v. Minnesota)

In what was a down week for the Blazers, was also a down week as far as highlights go.

However, Gerald Wallace did pull off a nice defensive play in which he stole the ball from Minnesota forward Michael Beasley, and raced down to the other end to put home a dunk. Enjoy.

Video Courtesy of: The Blazers Videos YouTube channel.


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