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Feb 20

NBA.com Grades Are In

By caseyholdahl Posted in: Blazers, Lakers, LaMarcusAldridge, MarcusCamby, RaymondFelton

Tonight's game against the Lakers (7:30 PM Pacific start time on TNT, or whenever the early game, in this case Celtics v. Mavericks, gets over) marks the halfway point of the season. And with the All-Star break just a few days away, you're likely to see a bunch of mid-season reviews over the next week. NBA.com's Sekou Smith, like so many teachers before an extended holiday, already has his grading out of the way, and he's given the Trail Blazers' performance this season a B-.
The Trail Blazers have already set the season-high for players' only team meetings. They have one every few days just to make sure everyone is comfortable with their role and clear about how they feel about one another. That collective indifference might have something to do with a glaring leadership void in the locker room and losing Brandon Roy to retirement before the season began. They've got the pieces needed to be a serious factor in the Western Conference playoff chase but need all of them pulling in the same direction if they are going to maximize their potential.
A pretty fair assessment, in my opinion, especially considering every other team in the Northwest Division, aside from teacher's pet Oklahoma City, got a B. The team got their highest individual mark at frontcourt, with the work of LaMarcus Aldridge and Marcus Camby earning a solid A, with the lowest mark, C-, given to the backcourt. Again, hard to argue with any of those grades based off of the first 30 games.

4 Comments

  1. I think this was a very fair/accurate assessment. Now, let's work on getting that grade(s) up! :)

    Congrats again to our guys for the quality win against a tough team (Atl) the other night! I hope Felton can use that game as inspiration for the rest of the season; I like him, I've felt bad for him w/ his rough go so far this season but I believe he's still what this team needs.

    Let's Beat LA 2night!

    by Simpson on 2/20/2012 10:05 AM
  2. Hey Casey:
    I would assess them about the same. There is plenty of time to get the Grades up, and with Batum in the line-up challenging Wesley, our back court will improve, and in return make the front court better.

    by Hg on 2/20/2012 10:18 AM
  3. The addition of Nic at SG should get that backcourt grade up, but we'll see how he looks after a few more games starting. Teams are likely to start defending him differently.

    by caseyholdahl on 2/20/2012 10:22 AM
  4. That be true says weird Harold
    When the clippers started paying attention to him his shooting went down. Nevertheless, with him being a bigger threat, that will open the floor and give LaMarcus more room. Now if Felton is truly taking a step forward, that will pave the way for Batum, Gerald, LaMarcus and Marcus to have better ball movement.
    Anyway you look at it I have high hopes for the second half of the season.

    by Hg on 2/20/2012 10:30 AM
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