It figures the game I decide to put together a post of highlights, we have very few to single out. The Trail Blazers played well enough to win in the first half, but were just dominated, to the nth degree, on the boards in the second half. People may complain about the discrepancy in foul calls, but for me, this one comes down to the Mavericks just owning the Trail Blazers on the offensive glass. Giving up 20 offensive rebounds is unacceptable.
But anyway, here are what few stellar highlights were produced in the 93-82 Game 5 loss to the Mavericks in Dallas. Game 6 is on Thursday (tipoff time STILL to be determined) at the Rose Garden.
Gerald Wallace has really struggled finishing close shots in this series. I have no idea why. This block-turn-layup miss is exhibit 1A, but at least LaMarcus was there to clean up the garbage. I love ya' Wally, but you have to finish those.
Andre Miller was one of the few Trail Blazers that had anything going
Monday night. You could argue that his hitting yet another 3-pointer was
the more astounding highlight, but this reverse, which required Dre to
GASP!!! jump off the ground, was pretty rad.
LaMarcus Aldridge looked tired all night to me, which is no surprise
considering he played 47 minutes Saturday night. His near double-double
and the deuces he posted in assists, steals and blocked shots looks OK
in retrospect, but this was one of those games where Portland needed LA
to take over, and he just couldn't do it. He also didn't shoot a single
free throw, which tells you where he was playing for most of the game.
He did have this nifty scoop shot for 2 of his 12 points.