Trail Blazers 103 @ Rockets 118 Game Thread
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  1. DHawes22
    Posts: 6488

    Posted 02/07/2013 10:28 AM

    February 8th, 2013
    5:00 PM | Toyota Center | Houston, TX
    Trail Blazers (25-24) At Rockets (27-24)

    What To Watch For

    Another Nail-Biter
    If you're a Trail Blazers fan, this should come as nothing new, but expect another hard-fought, down-to-the-wire contest in Houston Friday night. Not only are the Trail Blazers 15-8 in games decided by six points or less but in their two meetings this year against the Rockets, both have required overtime to settle the score -- both Portland wins. But what do you need in order to finish close games? Bench production. In their previous game against Dallas, the Blazers went over three minutes to start the fourth quarter without scoring a bucket. The bench was unable to sustain any offense which allowed the Mavs to go on a run to ice the game. The only problem is the Blazer bench hasn't performed that well in two games against the Rockets, combining to score just 16 points in 10 quarters of basketball. Portland needs at least 20 from their second-unit to take the season series from Houston.

    Aldridge All-Star
    LaMarcus Aldridge has been dominant this season against the Rockets, putting up a total of 56 points, on 24-48 FG shooting, 17 rebounds, 8 assists, and 4 blocks. Houston just has no answer for the L-Train. If they decide to put Patrick Patterson on Aldridge, LA simply backs him down and goes to work in the paint. And if they go with the bigger Omer Asik, LaMarcus takes him outside and shoots over the top of him from the perimeter which also opens up the paint for his teammates. The good news is LA's heating up and ready for another monster night against the Rockets as he's averaging 23 points, on 52.1% shooting, 11.4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1.4 blocks over his last five games.

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  1. Blazer Fanatic
    Blazer Fanatic
    Posts: 758

    Posted 02/07/2013 11:48 AM

    Biggest game to date.  Dallas was a disappointment, but hopefully the team can bring it for 48 minutes.  4-2 on this trip keep the Blazers in the hunt.  I think anything less will mean no post season.  Can't allow Houston to shoot uncontested threes, and Portland cannot get punch drunk shooting threes.
  1. cmeese47
    Posts: 2735

    Posted 02/07/2013 3:59 PM

    To win we need to keep playing inside out

    I am a fan of Getting Defensive Players This Summer.
  1. riverman
    Posts: 1431

    Posted 02/08/2013 9:41 AM

    Need a makeup win here, I figured we'd beat Dallas and have a tough time with Houston, hope I was wrong about the Houston part. If only we could get a 10 pt lead and keep it. I expect Wes to bring it on D guarding Hardin. Lock him down and we have a shot at this game.
    I am a fan of A team that plays like Tower of Power on a big stage on a good night
  1. commontongue
    Posts: 1864

    Posted 02/08/2013 12:02 PM

    Lillard owns Houston. Lets hope he can continue his stellar play against them.
    I am a fan of our new roster playing with and for eachother.
  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
    Tobyus Sanchezo
    Posts: 1669

    Posted 02/08/2013 3:50 PM

    Watch the perimeter. Just go crazy out there if the Rockets start hitting 3's. If they pump fake and drive, help out. Clog the paint. Help defense wins you games. GO BLAZERS!
    I am a fan of multiple All-Stars on the Blazers roster this season!
  1. cmeese47
    Posts: 2735

    Posted 02/08/2013 4:16 PM

    Lillard owns the overrated mess than is Jeremy Lin

    I am a fan of Getting Defensive Players This Summer.
  1. BlazeTheTrail
    Posts: 21

    Posted 02/09/2013 12:23 AM

    Win one, lose one, win two, lose two. The perfect formula for the 14th pick of the draft.
    I am a fan of cheering the Blazers on from South Florida!
  1. riverman
    Posts: 1431

    Posted 02/09/2013 10:24 AM

    Disappointing effort last night. I have no idea why Nic is playing and Wes had a terrible performance. Bench players have to be on the court to produce. Claver was having a good game but why his minutes are so limited while Nic is obviously playing in pain is just beyond me. They were making layups like warmup drills. Hope we up our game in the next one, no slight to LaMarcus who had a great game but Wes was a no show.
    I am a fan of A team that plays like Tower of Power on a big stage on a good night
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