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

Showing Some Heart

A day after getting embarrassed by the Boston Celtics, the Portland TrailBlazers did bounce back with a road win over the Washington Wizards. Portland led nearly wire to wire and the Blazers finished off a 110-99 victory.

Portland 110, Washington 99
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, March 10, 2012
Where: Verizon Center, Washington, District of Columbia
Officials: #35 Kane Fitzgerald, #48 Scott Foster, #76 Steve Anderson
Attendance: 18071

Washington is one of the worst teams in the NBA, but at this point a road win over anyone is big for the Blazers.

Love ‘Em

1. Aggressiveness on Offense

The Blazers were much more aggressive on offense last night than they have been most times of late.

Portland got to the line 27 times last night, and the Blazers knocked down 26 of those 27 free throw attempts. Raymond Felton got to the line ten times, while Jamal Crawford and LaMarcus Aldridge both had six free throw attempts.

2. Taking Care of the Basketball

A night after looking silly in committing 28 turnovers, the Blazers did a great job taking care of the basketball in Washington last night.

As a team they finished with just seven turnovers.

It all starts with Raymond Felton who had five assists and no turnovers.

3. LaMarcus Aldridge

LaMarcus Aldridge has been terrific for the Blazers this year, but he hadn’t been as dominant over the last few games.

He came out ready to play last night in Washington. Aldridge went 12 for 15 from the floor for 30 points. He also grabbed ten rebounds.

It was nice to see him taking a step toward being a real team leader during a difficult time for the Blazers.

Trailblazers vs. Wizards

Trail Blazers vs. Wizards blog: love ’em & hate ’em - (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)

Hate ‘Em

1. Wesley Matthews

Wesley Matthews has been pretty disappointing this year. This is a guy who the team expected a ton out of, but he has fallen off the map of late.

He scored just two points in 24 minutes of action last night.

2. Defensive Rebounding

The Wizards grabbed 12 offensive rebounds last night. Portland needs to work on keeping the opposition off the offensive boards.

Second chance opportunities have really hurt the Blazers defense.

The Trail Blazers get a couple days off before they play at Indiana Tuesday night.

The next couple weeks are tough on the Blazers schedule-wise, so they need to enjoy their time off.

Team Statistics

Portland Washington
Fast Break Points 10 Fast Break Points 14
Points in the Paint 40 Points in the Paint 46
Biggest Lead 13 Biggest Lead 1



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