Dec 27

Wallace Takes The Wing In Electrifying Fashion

By sarahhecht Posted in: geraldwallace, RaymondFelton
Two games. Two wins. Two stellar performances from Gerald Wallace.

It’s not usually the norm for me to write about the same player two nights in a row, but here I am, singing Wallace’s praises for a second consecutive night.

Following yesterday’s home opener I told the tale of Wallace’s drive to get back into the rhythm of the season. Of how he started the preseason a bit flat and decided to put in some extra time at the practice facility to improve on the frustrating performances. But even after an outstanding first night of the regular season he still wasn’t feeling his game click into place. In fact, after putting up one of the best lines of the game, he said he felt like he was only at “sixty percent.”

Tonight, Wallace wowed again as the Trail Blazers defeated the visiting Sacramento Kings 101-79. He was the game’s high scorer with 25 points. He shot 8-of-11 from the field and 8-of-9 from the charity stripe. He ripped down eight rebounds, dished five dimes and blocked two shots. Needless to say, he was the star.

“He’s all over the place providing that energy,” Head Coach Nate McMillan said. “That toughness on the boards, blocking shots. He got Salmons in foul trouble early by going to him in the post. I thought it was a solid job.”

McMillan was the first to acknowledge Wallace’s contributions, but he certainly wasn’t the last. Point guard Raymond Felton, who played with Wallace in Charlotte for five years, raved about their connection on the floor.

“I know his game, he know mine, so that’s why it makes it look easy out there,” Felton said. “It makes it seem like we finding each other, which we do cause it’s good to have somebody out there that you really have a connection with.

“That’s something we had in Charlotte. We was both two guys that was really aggressive on defense. We did a lot of trapping together and we had a lot of fun. So just to get that started with him again, we kinda tried to do that during the second half to start the third quarter and it kinda got everybody going and we blew out the lead.”

Hearing accolades like that make you think Wallace must have been feeling better than sixty percent. But while we watched Wallace work his magic on the court he still wasn’t feeling it.

“I’m still at sixty percent. I felt slow. Raymond outran me one time down the court, did you see that?! He ain’t never been able to outrun me,” Wallace said as he teased Felton.

“It’s just some feeling, you know? Mainly I said sixty percent because of the transition. I played the four the whole training camp so I’m still kind of getting adjusted to being out on the wing, running the floor and things like that. But I still don’t feel like I’m where I want to be.”

As the season barrels forward and Wallace continues to mesh back into his natural three position he’ll begin to feel better about his performances. But until then you can count on seeing Wallace push the floor, make high-risk/high-reward decisions and generally cause a ruckus as he moves to 100 percent.

And if he gets there by Thursday you can bet I’ll be writing about him for a third game in a row.


  1. Hey miss Sarah:
    What is there not to love about Wallace,
    BTW, My new nick name for Wallace is the Predator. That of course came from Nate saying on OR-Live that he was turning Wallace lose to roam the floor his style, somewhat like a predator looking for his pray. Anyway, I think the Predator sounds neat so that is my nick name for him.

    I keep forgetting that him and Felton played together for five years, that will help them get their feet wet in Blazer land.
    Two night is a row the Predator gets a standing ovation form the fan for his performance, Two nights in a row he was spectacular at 60% He has to be thinking he found a new home.

    Great to hear from you miss Sarah.
    I get to watch the Adam and Sarah show today so yak at you later.

    by Hg on 12/28/2011 5:19 AM
  2. I love the jab he took at Ray! The chemistry seems to be coming along great!

    by DHawes22 on 12/28/2011 10:29 AM
  3. Hey Miss Sarah:

    I have a late prediction of 48 wins and 18 losses and I think that may be low LOL. Maybe the first two games and the play of the Predator, GW, with everybody else getting better, with a sneaky feeling that Greg will be back late in the season. we are going to eat up the NBA. OK, I am truely Homer.

    My picks for the West

    Don't have a prediction of the East, except the Bulls over the heat. to much ego in Miami.

    by Hg on 12/28/2011 10:41 AM
  4. it's hard not to talk/write about Crash when he's been as terrific as he has in the first two games. he's been everywhere and, as Mike Barrett noted in his blog, he has shown he can carry the team when needed. i hope we don't put too much on his shoulders, though they do seem broad enough to handle the load.

    i'm really liking what i'm seeing from Crash and LaMarcus (but perhaps no more cold tubs on game day for the L-Train!). they've paced us in both games. There's no doubt in my mind that guys like Wesley, Raymond and Jamal will find their shot. when that happens, i think that turns us into a very dangerous team.

    @Hg: i like your picks. i really do think we'll be biting at the thunder's heels. who knows, maybe somehow we'll even emerge higher than them. dare to dream!

    ~ KMM

    by Kassandra on 12/28/2011 4:08 PM
  5. Forget about getting Aldridge in the allstar game (which he will) let's get Gerald there too. The dude's a BEAST! Maybe we ought to add Beast to a list of nicknames he already has. Feed the Beast!

    by blazerdarren77 on 12/28/2011 4:29 PM
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