Blazers Outscore Warriors
If you are a fan of defense and low scoring games, you probably didn’t enjoy watching last night’s Warriors vs. TrailBlazers game. On the other hand, Blazers fans should be happy to see the team fighting hard and picking up another win.
Portland 118, Golden State 110
When: 10:30 PM ET, Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Where: Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon
Officials: #56 Mark Ayotte, #41 Ken Mauer, #60 James Williams
Portland had a 15 point lead late in the third quarter.
Golden State made a big run and actually took a one-point lead with six minutes left in the game, but the Blazers kicked it back in and won 118-110.
1. Jamal Crawford
Jamal Crawford has taken a lot of heat in this column, so we’ll be the first to give him props for a great effort last night. Crawford caught fire in a big way last night! He went 10 for 18 from the floor and a perfect 13 for 13 from the free throw line.
Crawford piled up 34 points to lead the team to this victory.
2. Picking up for Aldridge
The fact that the Blazers were able to come up with a nice win without their star forward LaMarcus Aldridge shows that this team is continuing to fight hard. Five guys had at least 14 points, so the Blazers had an extremely balanced offense. AS of writing this however we’ve learned some bad news on LA.
He’s done for the year. OH SNAP!
3. J.J. Hickson
The acquisition of J.J. Hickson late in the season has proven to be a terrific move by the Blazers front office. Hickson was 10 for 17 from the floor for 23 points. He also led the team with 13 rebounds.
1. Points in the Paint
Golden State racked up 68 points in the paint in this game. The Blazers had just 40 points in the paint. The Blazers defense allowed far too much penetration into the paint from the Warriors guards.
2. Lack of Ball Movement
They were able to get away with it in this one because of their hot shooting, but the Blazers only had 17 assists on 42 made field goals. This has been an issue a lot throughout the season.
Against the best teams in the league, the Blazers will have to be move the ball more effectively.
Portland will host Dallas Friday night. The Blazers will rest on Thursday, while Mavericks travel to Oakland to take on Golden State.