|LaMarcus Aldridge, PF43 MIN | 10-21 FG | 1-2 FT | 15 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 21 PTS | +1
Aldridge started off slow, but gained ground in the second half. His numbers ended off being pretty average scoring-wise and above average in the rebounding department. The only frustrating thing about his game, much like the others, is the fact he didn’t have much going early.
|Nicolas Batum, SF41 MIN | 6-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 15 PTS | -3
Batum was much better scoring tonight, but still has yet to look like his typical self on the road trip. Nicolas still was solid playing his man, but his overall contributions to the game didn’t seem up to par.
|J.J. Hickson, C30 MIN | 3-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 11 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -11
J.J. Hickson wasn’t much worse than he typically is. As a rebounder, he gave about his typical effort. However, his defense on Samuel Dalembert was pretty pitiful. Dalembert averages 6.7 points per game, so watching him get 16 was very discouraging.
|Damian Lillard, PG45 MIN | 2-10 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 11 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 8 PTS | -3
Lillard was awful tonight scoring the basketball. Being fair to the rookie though, he had the daunting task of playing 45 minutes on a back-to-back away from home.His passing wasn’t great either because while 11 assists may be nice, but it also came with 6 turnovers.
|Wesley Matthews, SG43 MIN | 10-20 FG | 1-3 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 28 PTS | -2
Wesley played at Marquette University, so it wasn’t too surprising to see him play well in the state he used to play his home games. Watching Matthews was even a joy in the first half, which was uncharacteristic for any member of the team tonight. He was hitting threes from the left corner over and over again and it was nice to see.
|Luke Babbitt, SF13 MIN | 3-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | +13
Luke Babbitt got the most minutes off the bench, which is pretty frustrating. He actually shot a decent percentage, however. Interestingly, all of Babbitt’s shots the last two games have come from three, which seems like interesting shot selection. On the one hand, Babbitt gotta Babbitt, but on the other hand, maybe some other kinds of shots sometimes a little?
|Eric Maynor, PG9 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -13
It was more frustrating to see Maynor only play nine minutes than anything he did on the court. When he was on the court he didn’t really make much on an impact, but it was confusing to see him only play marginal minutes
FIVE THINGS WE SAW
- Okay, the first note is the fact that that the Blazers only scored 8 points in the second quarter. Thank goodness the Hawks scored 5 points in a quarter earlier this season because that was already embarrassing enough.
- The most positive note of the game is that the Blazers made a decent effort to comeback. Even though the deficit became way too large, it was nice to see some life breathed into the team.
- Another frustrating part was the fact that the road-trip becoming more and more dark. The next teams on the trip are the Bulls, Hawks, and Thunder. All of those teams are solidly in the playoffs, so this stretch does have a possibility of going as badly as possible (or in the best way, if you want the team to get tanking).
- I’m not necessarily the advocate of this argument, but interesting to note that Stotts didn’t empty the bench down 27 on a second night of a road back-to-back. It could be said that it would be nice to get young players like Meyers Leonard or Will Barton some minutes to develop.
- For the second straight night the Trail Blazers actually shot better from three than from the floor. Portland shot 50% from behind the arc while only shooting 43.4% on the floor. The stat may not hold a lot amount of weight, but it certainly is interesting to see.