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Wheels come off in Boston, 104-86

Celtics cruise past hapless Blazers in second road stop of key trip
March 9, 2012

Wow.

The Portland Trail Blazers did their best impression of the San Antonio Spurs playing without key starters and got clobbered 104-86 Friday night in Boston, with only a 32-16 edge in the fourth qaurter to mask the level of blowout.

Ray Allen and Paul Pierce each had 22 points in 26 minutes and only one of the Celtics starters played more that as they led by 35 points at halftime and 34 after three quarters. Boston lost by 35 points at Philadelphia Wednesday.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field, but those stats were fruitless as the team continued to sputter following the All-Star Break. Portland is 1-5 since then.

Portland outrebounded Boston 53-32, but the Celtics had a 27-12 edge in assists.

The Blazers fell to 19-21 but remained just two games from a playoff spot as they head for Washington, D.C., to play the Wizards (9-29) Saturday.

 

And it just keeps getting worse for Blazers

Portland loses to Minnesota and Kevin Love again in start of road trip
March 8, 2012

That sound you hear in the background is the Portland Trail Blazers' playoff hopes crashing into the ground.

Wednesday, the Blazers began a seven-game road trip with a decisive 106-94 loss at Minnesota, the second loss to the Timberwolves in five days.

Portland fell to 19-20, and is 1.5 games behind Minnesota for the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference.

But, worse, the teams are going in the opposite direction.

While the Blazers are 4-6 in their last 10 games, the Wolves are 7-3 and have won three straight games.

Portland got 23 points from Raymond Felton and 22 from LaMarcus Aldridge in the loss.

Minnesota got 29 points and 16 rebounds from Kevin Love, who hit 3 of 5 three-point attempts, and 8 of 11 free throws

The Blazers were a mess Wednesday in their starting line-up. Felton scored 23 points to improve his trade-bait status, but while he was on the floor the Blazers lost ground by 15 points. Aldridge hit 10 of 18 shots, which helped Portland shoot 47 percent from the field, but he had just seven rebounds, nine fewer than Love. The team lost ground by six points in his time on the court.

Jamal Crawford returned to a reserve role, but scored just six points.

Portland got outscored 19-3 at the free-throw line.

The Blazers return to action Friday at Boston.

 

Love, T-Wolves rampage at Garden, 122-110

Minnesota ends a 16-game skid against the Blazers
March 3, 2012

Kevin Love returned to Portland and had a monster game Saturday, leading the Minnesota Timberwolves past the Portland Trail Blazers 122-110.

Love hit 15 of 27 shots, including 5 of 8 three-point attempts, and finished with 42 points, just one short of his career high. Minnesota moved past the Blazers in the Western Conference standings to 19-18, while Portland dropped to 18-19, falling under .500 for the first time this season.

Nicolas Batum scored 29 and Gerald Wallace added 25 points to lead the Blazers, but All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge managed just 14 field-goal attempts and finished with 145 points before fouling out.

Minnesota hit 53 percent of its shots and got 21 points from former Blazer Martell Webster.

Portland, which has lost three straight, plays host to New Orleans Monday and then begins a seven-game road trip at Minnesota Wednesday. The seven games include six teams battling for playoff spots or positioning.

 

James, Wade roll through Blazers, 107-93

Miami's stars combine for 71 points in road victory
March 1, 2012

Lebron James and Dwayne Wade showed off why the Miami Heat are the class of the Eastern Conference in a dominating performance at the Rose Garden Thursday night.

James jad 38 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, while Wade tossed in 33 points and handed out nine rebounds as the Heat beat Portland 107-93.

LaMarcus Aldridge led the Blazers with 20 points and six rebounds and Jamal Crawford added 18 points, but the team fell to 18-18, one game behind Denver in the race for eighth-place in the Western Conference.

Portland (18-18) plays host to Minnesota (18-19) Saturday in a game between teams battling for ninth place in the West.

 

Denver hands Portland another road loss

Blazers struggle to contain Nuggets, fall 104-95
Feb. 29, 2012

Ty Lawson's return to the lineup was just what the ailing Denver Nuggets needed Wednesday night.

Lawson had 18 points and nine assists, Kenneth Faried scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Nuggets handed Portland a 104-95 loss at the Pepsi Center.and fi

Portland got  a game-high 21 points and five assists from Jamal Crawford, and 20 points and nine rebounds from LaMarcus Aldridge, but also got outrebounded 55-36 and fell to 18-17 overall, 5-12 on the road.

Among potential playoff teams, the Blazers are the lone team with six wins or fewer on the road.

Portland fell behind by 17 points at the half, 62-45, and could get only as close as seven in the second half.

The Blazers return home Thursday to play Miami, which has the second-best record in the Eastern Conference at 27-7.

 

 

Road Kill reversal

Blazers respond to Monday's loss with epic rout of Spurs, 137-97
Feb. 21, 2012

How good were the Portland Trail Blazers Tuesday night? They scored a season-high 41 points in the first quarter.

Or how bad were they the previous night, when they scored just seven?

The Blazers washed away Monday's loss to the Lakers in Los Angeles with a 137-97 blowout of the San Antonio Spurs, who sat starters Tim Duncan and Tony Parker and also played without Manu Ginobili as part of sign that 11 straight wins were enough to show their status as one of the league's elite teams.

Portland had six players score 16 points or more and improved to 17-15 heading to the All-Star Break, in which all of its players other than forward LaMarcus Aldridge get a week off. Aldridge, selected by coaches as an All-Star for the first time, will be in Orlando, Fla., over the weekend.

Aldridge scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds in 27 minutes.

Portland coach Nate McMillan stared sixth-man Jamal Crawford at point guard in place of Raymond Felton, a move that followed Nicolas Batum becoming a starter at shooting guard last week.

 

LOS ANGELES LAKERS 103, PORTLAND 92

Portland's season-low point total for a first half led to another road loss Monday night.

After scoring just 30 points in the first half and falling behind by 29 early in the third quater, the Blazers rallied to within 10 before losing 103-92 to the Los Angeles Lakers in a nationally-televised game from the Staples Center.

Portland got 18 points each from LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum and another 15 from Jamal Crawford off the bench, but shot just 41 percent from the field and got outrebounded 51-37.

The Lakers got 28 points from Kobe Bryant and 17 from former Blazer Steve Blake, who hit 5 of 6 attempts from three-point range.

Despite the poor first half, Portland got within 84-74 with 7:30 left in the game and had the ball. The Lakers responded with a 6-0 run and the teams closed out the game with little drama.

The Blazers fell to 17-16 heading into Tuesday's game against San Antonio at the Rose Garden. Following the game, the Blazers have a week off for the All-Star Weekend.

The Lakers improved to 19-13.

 

PORTLAND 97, ATLANTA 77

LaMarcus Aldridge and Raymond Felton returned to form to lead the Trail Blazers to a 97-77 win over Atlanta that snapped a four-game losing streak at the Rose Garden Saturday.

Aldridge, sidelined for most of the week with a tweaked ankle, scored 19 points and hauled in 10 rebounds, while Felton had 14 points and 10 assists after "missing" a home loss to the Clippers Thursday in which he went scoreless.

Nicolas Batum, continuing his strong play, scored 22 points to lead the Blazers, who improved to 17-15 and remained just a half-game from a playoff spot and one game from the fifth seed in the Western Conference.

Portland plays at the Los Angeles Lakers Monday in a nationally-televised game and then is host to the San Antonio Spurs before taking a week off for the All-Star Break.

Atlanta, which had beaten the Blazers in their last six meetings, dropped to 19-12. The Hawks, who are 10-7 in road games, were outrebounded 50-27.

 

LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS 74, PORTLAND 71

Chris Paul scored all 13 of his points in the final 10 minutes and led the Los Angeles Clippers past the Portland Trail Blazers 74-71 in an offensive struggle at the Rose Garden Thursday.

Portland got 19 points from Nicolas Batum and led by as many as 18 points in the first half, but struggled to score in the closing minutes and lost its fourth-straight home game.

Portland led 60-52 with 9:15 left in the game when Paul scored his first points.

Blake Griffin scored 21 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to help the Clippers, who played their third game in four nights, to 19-9 overall.

Gerald Wallace scored 19 points for Portland, which played its third game in three nights. The Blazers, who missed LaMarcus Aldridge for the second straight night, fell to 16-15 and ninth place in the Western Conference standings.

Batum scored 15 points in the first quarter, but rarely shot thereafter.

The Blazers fell to 2-10 in games decided by four points or less.

Portland plays host to Atlanta Saturday, at the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday and host to San Antonio Tuesday.

Linsanity and the Rose Garden

It's time to pull out the NBA schedule and look for New York's road trips
Feb. 15, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

So, when do the Knicks play in Portland?

Watching the highlights of Tuesday's NBA game in Toronto, it hit me that the home crowd for the Raptors wasn't hoping for their team to win. Instead, fans were standing, screaming in the final seconds hoping to see something memorable as Jeremy Lin held the ball at the top of the key with time running down: 5, 4, 3. And, they got it.

Lin, the flavor of the moment in the sports world whose biography on Wikipedia is being updated daily, hit a game-winning, fade-away three-point shot with 0.5 seconds left to push the New York Knicks to a 90-87 win, their sixth straight since he moved into the starting line-up. Into the line-up from basically no where.

How often does that get said about a Harvard grad?

So, when do the Knicks play in Portland?

Well, they don't. Blame the NBA Lockout and reduced 66-game schedule.

Portland plays New York just once this season - March 14 at Madison Square Garden. By then, Lin could have guided the Knicks to 19-straight wins and be on the Republican ballot for President.

Or maybe the Democrats' ballot for as Vice-President. ("We just need his name to guarantee the Asian vote. He doesn't have to do anything - Vice-President is perfect!")

Tim Tebow. Remember him being mentioned for NFL MVP or even President?

How about the Giants? They play in New York, too, but that was so, like, two weeks ago.

Blazers fans got to experience the Rose City version of Linsanity four seasons ago when Brandon Roy took the team from the depths of the league to 13 straight wins, which eventually led to a 41-41 record and started better-than three seasons of sellout crowds at the Rose Garden.

The rest of the sports world might have yawned because the streak happened in Portland and didn't even get the Blazers to the playoffs. But, it started the home crowd back into screaming in unison for the team, and that's still in force even when the team loses by 15 to the Wizards.

Perhaps it's a good thing the Knicks aren't going to play in Portland because the way the seasons are going for the two teams, the Rose Garden might turn into Madison Square Garden - West with fans looking for something really, really memorable ... along with answers for how to get the Columbia River Crossing project moving again, more funding for Portland Public Schools, guidance on selecting a new mayor, about 21,000 autographs (each with a certificate of authenticy), and so on.

Or maybe, the Blazers would win and ruin the sports world.

 

Are you ready for Lin City?

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So, when do the Knicks play in Portland?

Watching the highlights of Tuesday's NBA game in Toronto, it hit me that the home crowd for the Raptors wasn't hoping for their team to win. Instead, fans were standing, screaming in the final seconds hoping to see something memorable as Jeremy Lin held the ball at the top of the key with time running down: 5, 4, 3. And, they got it.

Lin, the flavor of the moment in the sports world whose biography on Wikipedia is being updated daily, hit a game-winning, fade-away three-point shot with 0.5 seconds left to push the New York Knicks to a 90-87 win, their sixth straight since he moved into the starting line-up. Into the line-up from basically no where.

How often does that get said about a Harvard grad?

So, when do the Knicks play in Portland?

Well, they don't. Blame the NBA Lockout and reduced 66-game schedule.

Portland plays New York just once this season - March 14 at Madison Square Garden. By then, Lin could have guided the Knicks to 19-straight wins and be on the Republican ballot for President.

Or maybe the Democrats' ballot for as Vice-President. ("We just need his name to guarantee the Asian vote. He doesn't have to do anything - Vice-President is perfect!")

Tim Tebow. Remember him being mentioned for NFL MVP or even President?

How about the Giants? They play in New York, too, but that was so, like, two weeks ago.

Blazers fans got to experience the Rose City version of Linsanity four seasons ago when Brandon Roy took the team from the depths of the league to 13 straight wins, which eventually led to a 41-41 record and started better-than three seasons of sellout crowds at the Rose Garden.

The rest of the sports world might have yawned because the streak happened in Portland and didn't even get the Blazers to the playoffs. But, it started the home crowd back into screaming in unison for the team, and that's still in force even when the team loses by 15 to the Wizards.

Perhaps it's a good thing the Knicks aren't going to play in Portland because the way the seasons are going for the two teams, the Rose Garden might turn into Madison Square Garden - West with fans looking for something really, really memorable ... along with answers for how to get the Columbia River Crossing project moving again, more funding for Portland Public Schools, guidance on selecting a new mayor, about 21,000 autographs (each with a certificate of authenticy), and so on.

Or maybe, the Blazers would win and ruin the sports world.

 

Without LA, Portland feels the burn, 124-109

Blazers get thrashed on defense by hot-shooting Washington
Feb. 14, 2012

LaMarcus Aldridge showed off his value to the Portland Trail Blazers Tuesday night by getting hurt.

Without Aldridge on the floor, the Blazers got drilled on defense and lost 124-109 to the Washington Wizards at the Rose Garden.

Just two minutes into the game, Aldridge appeared to have rolled his left ankle, which the team said was not a long-term injury after an X-Ray.

Portland got 33 points from Nicolas Batum, who moved into the starting rotation, but couldn't slow down the Wizards' backcourt of Nick Young and John Wall, who combined for 64 points.

Young hit 7 of 8 three-point attempts and finished with 35 points to lead Washington to an amazing 60 percent shooting for the night.

Portland got 25 points and 8 rebounds from Gerald Wallace, but never mounted a sustained rally late and lost at home for the third straight game, something it hadn't done in four years.

Despite the loss, Portland (15-14) remained tied for the eighth spot in the Western Conference playoff race.

Washington won its second-straight road game and improved to 7-22.

 

It's Houston's turn to shoot Blazers down

Rockets make 52 percent on field-goal attempts, win 103-96 at Rose Garden
Feb. 8, 2012

A big comeback effort ran into a scoring drought at the wrong time and the Houston Rocket beat Portland 103-96 at the Rose Garden Wednesday night.

Portland rallied from a 19-point third-quarter deficit to tie the game midway through the fourth quarter, but stopped scoring for nearly three minutes at the end of the contest and dropped to 14-12, just out of the Western Conference playoff standings.

Jamal Crawford came off the bench to score 21 points and Gerald Wallace added 20 points to try and pick up the scoring slack from LaMarcus Aldridge, who scored just 13 points two nights after going for 39 in a loss to Oklahoma City.

Portland lost for the second straight game, and now heads to New Orleans for a game Friday and then to Dallas for a Saturday night game.

Houston, which beat Portland in overtime when the teams met earlier this season,got 22 points off the bench from Chase Budinger, and 66 points overall from its reserves.

 

OKLAHOMA CITY 111, PORTLAND 107 (OT)

Portland's home dominance took a big hit Monday night when the Blazers lost 111-107 in overtime to Oklahoma City at the Rose Garden.

The Blazers got 39 points from LaMarcus Aldridge, and rallied from a 12-point deficit in the third quarter, but couldn't hold onto a narrow lead in the final two minutes.

Portland fell to 14-11 overall and 11-2 at home, while Oklahoma improved to 19-5 and 10-4 on the road.

Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 33 points and Russell Westbrook had 28 points and 11 rebounds and eight assists.

The teams have split their meetings, but face one-another twice more in March.

 

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