Timberwolves vs. Trail Blazers blog: love ’em & hate ’em

Blazers Drop Below .500

It seemed like the perfect game for Portland to get back on track. The Rose Garden has long been a very tough place to play for NBA visitors, and the Portland Trail Blazers had a 16 game winning streak against Minnesota.

Minnesota 122, Portland Trailblazers 110
When: 10:00 PM ET, Saturday, March 3, 2012
Where: Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon
Officials: #34 Kevin Cutler, #26 Pat Fraher, #32 Eddie F. Rush
Attendance: 20644

The Timberwolves ended that history with 122-110 win over the disappointing TrailBlazers Saturday night. The loss dropped the Blazers below .500, which is certainly disappointing given the fact that Portland started the season 8-4 and hopes were quite high.

Portland is getting to the point where they must turn something around quickly if they are serious about contending this year.

Love ‘Em

1. Gerald Wallace

Gerald Wallace played what was probably his most complete game this year last night. He piled up 25 points, 14 rebounds, and five steals. He only turned it over once, and he had three assists. It was great to see Wallace being aggressive once again.

If he can continue to fill up the stat sheet, it will take some pressure off LaMarcus Aldridge.

2. Nicolas Batum

Nicolas Batum continues to be amazing since his return from injury. He shot 9 for 17 from the floor last night, and he made three more three-point field goals. He knocked down all eight of his free throw attempts.

Batum led the Blazers in scoring last night with 29 points.

He is averaging 18.4 points in his last five games.

Hate ‘Em

1. Defense

What more can you say?

The Timberwolves scored 122 points against the Blazers in the Rose Garden. Kevin Love poured in 42 points on 15 for 27 shooting from the floor.

LaMarcus Aldridge

Trail Blazers forward Aldridge not impressed with the Blazers on Saturday night. - (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

The Timberwolves made 12 out of 23 from three-point range.

Former Blazer Martell Webster burned his old team for 21 points and eight boards. Quite frankly, the Blazers defense was pathetic.

2. Raymond Felton

Raymond Felton continues to struggle mightily this year. He went 1 for 9 from the floor last night for two points in 31 minutes of play. Felton was terrific last year for the Knicks and the Nuggets, but he is shooting just 36.8% from the floor this season.

3. Marcus Camby

Marcus Camby suffered a cut on his chin that required eight stitches last night. He did return to play a few minutes afterward, but he finished with no points and four boards in just eight minutes of play.

New Orleans will visit the Rose Garden Monday night as the Blazers look to get back to the .500 mark.

Team Statistics

Minnesota Portland
Fast Break Points 5 Fast Break Points 14
Points in the Paint 48 Points in the Paint 48
Biggest Lead 16 Biggest Lead 3



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