February 2, 2011; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Marcus Thornton (23) shoots the ball between Portland Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) and center Marcus Camby (23) during the third quarter at Power Balance Pavilion. The Sacramento Kings defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 95-92. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

Game 23 Recap: Blazers 92, Kings 95

Well this would be funny if it wasn’t so tragic. Portland is going to have some big road games in February, in LA against the Lakers and in Dallas against the Mavericks, so losing in Sacramento to the Kings is not a major vote of confidence for this team.

At least it’s more of the same, and not some new fresh problem that the Blazers are going to have to deal with going forward. Every time Portland has lost on the road the story has been about the same. LaMarcus Aldridge has played well, and that’s about it. It bodes well for LA’s chance to get into the All-Star Game, but it doesn’t help Portland win games.

It’s not quite panic time, although I’ve been saying that for awhile and at some point it is going to be panic time, but it might be time for coach Nate McMillan to make a change. Does that mean benching Wesley Matthews–4-of-12 from the field 1-of-4 from three just continuing to struggle all around–or maybe switching the starting lineup for road games? That’s for Nate to decide and for the fan base, bloggers, and writers to discuss ad nauseam.

I don’t think we’ve reached the point in this season where somebody is going to have be moved and somebody new is going to have to be brought in to right the road problems. But if the Blazers keep losing to bad teams, and keep doing it by falling apart at the end of games, it’s going to have to happen. It would be a damn shame to lose a major piece of this team just because they can’t get it together on the road.

Now the pressure is really on for Portland to maintain their home court advantage. I expect that Gerald Wallace will have a good game Saturday at home against Denver, hopefully Wesley too can do something to break out of this protracted slump. Whatever happens, if Portland starts following up bad losses on the road with bad losses at home, it just might be panic time.

That’s it for me on this one. I’ll be back to regular action Saturday.

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