Trail Blazers @ Timberwolves Game Thread
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 01/07/2011 10:39 AM

    Statistically, who will have the better night?
    LaMarcus Aldridge (15)
    Kevin Love (0)

    The Trail Blazers have won 13 straight games over the Wolves, the longest such streak against any other NBA franchise, but it's not going to be easy tonight. The new-look Wolves have been much more competitive since the acquisitions of Martell Webster and Michael Beasley and Kevin Love's improved game. They still aren't used to winning, so even if they jump ahead early they will leave the door open for a Portland comeback. But the Blazers shouldn't need a comeback if they run the offense through Aldridge, who tied a career-high with 36 points last time around against Minnesota. While Love puts up great stats, he is lackluster on the defensive end, allowing LA to pick and chose his spots to score on Love.

    Outside of LA dominating in the post, Portland needs great nights from Camby on the glass and another starter to help shoulder the scoring load. Wesley Matthews has been in the longest slump since being inserted into the starting lineup but he shouldn't have a problem scoring on rookie Wesley Johnson. Also, the bench must come ready to play to prove they were no one-hit wonder after sparking the comeback in Houston.
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  1. malfidog
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    Posted 01/07/2011 10:58 AM

    I agree LA should have an easy job fighting off Love and Beasley, but love is an amazing rebounder and will hurt us badly in the post if LA doesnt keep consistent but thats mostly unlikely by the way hes playing now. Ruuuudy and Patty need to have there 3 goggles on tonight, because there are some big shot chances you can take against an almost "all rookie" team but there is experience on this side. I reckon Portland by 10 or maybe 15. But dont underestimate Love.
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  1. Herr
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    Posted 01/07/2011 11:12 AM

    Love vs LA... hmmm...  I'm going to say LA.  I don't know why, but the past two games the Blazers stopped going to LaMarcus in the 4th until it really mattered.  I slammed my desk multiple times watching that game in Houston because everyone was taking stupid shots when Adelmen couldn't figure out how to stop LaMarcus.

    Intelligence should win this game.  Love is overrated simply because he's a great rebounder but people tend to ignore how horrible he is on defense.  LaMarcus should have a career high tonight and prove to the league that LMA > Love.
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  1. RedRudy5
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    Posted 01/07/2011 11:23 AM

    LA should continue to have great stats tonight
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 01/07/2011 1:52 PM

    I may be a homer but I think LA has the better statistical night. Love doesn't particularly play well against Portland and LA is coming off of a 36 point, 19 rebound night against them. I'd love (no pun intended) to see both of them guard one another the entire night so we can truly see who got the better end of the matchup.
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  1. mario250775
    Posts: 197

    Posted 01/07/2011 4:07 PM

    LA is great now, He should dominate Love , with good team spirit We should win this game easily ,
    I wish to see many 3 goggles tonight :-)

    GO BLAZERS !!!  
    I am a fan of Portland Trail Blazers, RIP CITY !!!
  1. Herr
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    Posted 01/08/2011 1:50 PM

    That game was poorly officiated.  The amount of times I saw Kevin Love holding onto LMA and having him use his off-arm.  LMA was the better player in this matchup, and always will be.  Nice to see Kevin Love finally playing defense.  Too bad every possession he was fouling LMA.  Same with Brewer on Mathews.  Poorly officiated game.  Had the Wolves been a good team, and the Blazers a bad team, the Blazers could have lost last night and it wouldn't have been their fault.
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