Portland Trail Blazers Put Away Sacremento Kings, 95-88

December 16th, 2009 by Busta Bucket Leave a reply »


Last night's game was one of those "lose-lose" situations for Portland.

The Blazers should win the game with the odds stacked against Sacramento. If Portland wins, ho-hum, it's business as usual. If they lose, or even look bad, then chaos ensues.

Despite hiccups and lackadaisical play early on, including being down 11 points at half time and seven after the third quarter, Nate made a decision I thought I'd never see. He let Bayless really play when it mattered. Jerryd's emotional play created a spark and the Blazers finished off Sacramento 95-88.

Box Score


The Good

LaMarcus Aldridge started off the game tentative and afraid of easy shots, as usual. I watched him take about three jumpers that could have easily been one-dribble dunks in the lane or on the baseline. No one guarded him, but he settled anyway.

I believe he began the game 1-7, but once that third quarter hit, he was lights out. Not only did he make the jumpers, but he mixed in a baseline drop-step lay-in, an easy dunk or two, and he was rolling from there.

Joel Przybilla is just ...

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