That headline reads as strange as tonight’s game against the Denver Nuggets played out. Somehow the Blazers committed twenty-five turnovers to Denver’s seven and won. Portland committed more turnovers in this contest than in their first two games combined (22). Denver committed 33 turnovers total in their first two games. It seems the teams switched identities for the night, but I have been guaranteed that this was not Freaky Friday come to life. I have also been told that I should not be referencing Freaky Friday.
Clutch shooting from the guards was enough tonight for Portland to be anihilated in the turnover battle and win 111-102. Nearly as strange as the outcome given the turnovers was Portland not feeding LaMarcus Aldridge a steady diet of touches; he finished with just 13 points on fourteen field goal attempts. Some of this can be attributed to Aldridge still finding his wind and some to the Blazers getting caught up in Denver’s uptempo and loose style of play. After the game Nate McMillan described the turnovers as a result of too many trying to do too much, adding the soundbite “We want to play fast but we don’t want to be in a hurry.”
This game marked the first time former Blazers Andre Miller and Rudy Fernandez have been in the Rose Garden since leaving the team. Miller received an ovation when he checked in midway through the first quarter. Rudy was booed heavily throughout the game. While neither player shot well both logged a +7 in plus/minus, the best mark of any Nuggets. Conclusion: Fans can be silly. (I verified this with an inside source that is inside of my mind because it is me and I am also a silly fan.)
Felton, facing the Nuggets for the first time since being traded for Miller, talked about beating his former team:
Matthews on the strange win:
Aldridge on getting his legs: