Miami 107, Portland 100: Trail Blazers Continue Slide

December 2nd, 2009 by Busta Bucket Leave a reply »

Don't let the final score fool you, the Blazers got crushed again. By the Heat. In Portland. Let's just get through this recap the best we can.

LaMarcus Aldridge sat out nursing a banged knee. On the positive side he looked very debonair in his suit. In his place the Blazers started rookie Dante Cunningham, who provided some much needed hustle.

Energy like Cunningham’s is something I am craving more and more as we sit and wait for the team’s bigger personalities to sort out their issues. I want a hyperactive role player power forward to just go nuts out there and provide me with some sort of vicarious catharsis. So thanks for giving me a little of that, Dante.

When young Cunningham went to the bench, the slightly less young (I’m using deep time as my scale here) Juwan Howard came in and provided instant offense, even beating the buzzer in the first quarter with the same non-jumping turnaround banker that the older guy at the gym kills with during pick-up games. He finished the half with 12 points (5-5 FG, 2-2 FT), 2 rebounds, and 2 assists. I love Juwan Howard.

Also of note from the first half was ...

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