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Dec 21

The guys in the shadows!

By Kraydayz Posted in: LaMarcusAldridge, Blazers, RudyFernandez, AndreMiller
With all the talk about how LA and Rudy have stepped up in the past couple weeks, let us not forget about the performances of Matthews and Dre. Matthews has been in the starting lineup for about a month now and has been the replacement for Brandon Roy. Since then he has averaged 19.5 points per game, around 35 percent from behind the ark, had numerous steals, and shooting around 47 percent from the field. Wes has had some big shoes to fill, from what I have seen, he has done just that since being a starter. I can recall off the top of my head at least 4 times he hit big shots, and about as many he has come up with big steals. Point is he is a very active player and one of the best off season moves we have made in recent history (in my opinion). I was thinking to myself last night during the Bucks game in the first quarter, where we would be without Wes right now. Who else but Matthews to get us jump started in the first, and an impressive first it was for him. Point is Matthews has filled the shows of the man he is filling and quite well, still can't believe he was undrafted.

Dre has been the talk of trade as of recent, but why? Because we might be able to get someone else for him. We will not get any player more consistent than Dre. For one, you can count on him being in the lineup every game, creating much needed baskets, and he is money with his 18 foot jumper. Not to mention that he is one of the best ally oop passers in the NBA, number 3 in assist among active players, and before LA or Rudy stepped up, was the one carrying the team. He is a veteran player and runs the offense very well. Once again before there was Rudy to LA, let us remember that Dre was the guy throwing up the ally oop pass to the L-Train.

I am not trying to take anything away from the success of LA and Rudy lately, they have both been impressive. I am merely mentioning the fact that we should not forget about the guys in the shadows right now, for we have seen how quickly players emerge from them.


  1. I concur with you, read my blogs on who I think the blazers should trade for whom. tell me what you think.

    by mbmurr1 on 12/21/2010 1:45 PM
  2. Camby has also been a steady force as well. He is in the top 10 in rebounding with an average of 10.8 and 13th in blocked shots (1.74) Where would this team be without his inside presence?

    by blazerdarren77 on 12/22/2010 11:46 PM
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