Time constraints are limiting me tonight so we won’t get into any full fledged analysis. I know plenty of people will freak out about the Blazers almost blowing a 20-point lead, but it actually didn’t look as bad as it sounds. Portland strung a couple flukey, odd plays together in the fourth quarter and the bench wasn’t able to hold the lead. Yes, that leaves concerns about the bench, but none that haven’t been voiced by many, so we won’t dig into it.
I couldn’t believe, however, that Steve Blake was still in the game in those final few minutes. I’ve been asking for much more than what Rudy’s been giving us — and he was pretty good tonight despite poor shooting — but I just don’t see what Blake is adding at that point in the game that Rudy can’t provide and then some.
I do want to single out LaMarcus Aldridge not only for his play tonight, but in the last week or so. He’s getting dirty, scoring more in the paint, banging more than he used to and rebounding. That first week of the season was worrisome, but I think we can all say that LMA has definitely kept improving.
This wasn’t a big win but, if this were last year, it would be marked as an important one for showing us that our “young” Blazers had grown up enough to regain control of a game. Now, it doesn’t matter so much. It’s just a win.
P.S. Might have some down time waiting for interviews tomorrow so I might try to update this post with further thoughts then.