The Blazers beat the Memphis Grizzlies last night in impressive fashion. While the stat line shows only a 13 point win, the Blazers completely dominated the second half and let up a bit at the end once victory was secure and starters were resting. Marcus Camby had 22 rebounds! 5 blocks! and LaMarcus added 23 points.
The Blazers travel to the 5-11 Golden State Warriors tonight in what would normally be considered an easy win. However, this team already beat Portland twice last year in Oakland, and the Blazers are on the third game of a back-to-back-to-back. That’s always tough and marksman Stephen Curry returns to the lineup tonight.
In other news, Forbes came out with an NBA value list today and the Blazers are worth $370 million and had -$7.4 million in operating income last year.
Tonight’s game starts at 7:30PM on KGW. If you do not have cable or want a good Portland establishment to enjoy with friends, here are several suggestions from our sponsors.
Watch Trailblazers Games in Portland:
Tanker Bar (Se Hawthorne & 48th) | (503) 445-4635 | More info: tankerbar.com
Tanker Bar will be playing all games on their 6 large LCD TVs. $1 Pabst during all Blazers & Football games, and $1 off Nachos during all games. 15 beers on tap, Buckhunter, free popcorn.
Blitz (Ladd, Pearl, Tigard, NW 21) | More info: blitzbarpdx.webs.com
Blitz's FOUR locations will be happening as always with tons of televisions, drinks specials, and games (ping pong, shuffleboard, buckhunters, horseshoes in Tigard, and more).
East Burn (East Burnside & 18th) | (503) 236-2876 | More info: www.theeastburn.com
East Burn will have the game on a large projection screen on their heated patio and also downstairs. Recess discount menu from 3-6PM. They have daily drink specials (pdf of specials here).
NE 15th Avenue & Hawthorne Hophouses | More info: oregonhophouse.com
15th Avenue: 1517 NE Brazee | Hawthorne: 4111 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
The Blazers are back and we are ready to make up for lost time. While they dunk, we'll drink. Come watch the Blazers take on the Cavaliers at 6pm at the Hophouse! Dress in Blazer gear and get your first beer for $2.00.
Preview – Portland Trail Blazers @ Golden State Warriors:
By Cain Stoneking
Portland Trailblazers (11-7) @ Golden State Warriors (5-11)
Wednesday, January 25th, 7:30pm KGW
Schedule: Portland Trail Blazers 2011-12 Schedule + Win Tickets
Game Notes: The Blazers have won two games in two nights. Many NBA teams have fared well this year on the third game of a back-to-back-to-back and hopefully the Blazers can continue that trend to make up for their poor road showing this month.
The Warriors have had some amazing wins (i.e. the Heat) and some horrible losses. They have new coach Mark Jackson who has preached defense, but that’s a difficult task when you have players that are not defense-oriented. They also have a nagging injury issue with their point guard Stephan Curry, but he does return to the lineup tonight and he is a lights-out shooter. The Blazers have not played well in Golden State for a long time. They lost both meetings last year even though they are a better team.
Starting Lineup: Monta Ellis, Stephan Curry, Andris Biedrins, David Lee, Dorell Wright
Bench: Brandon Rush, Ekpe Udoh, Nate Robinson, Earl Barron, Klay Thompson
X’s and O’s:
The guards for the Warriors can score with the best of them; both are talented with amazing shots. Stephan Curry is a straight up jump shooter and Monta Ellis is one of the best at getting to the rim. Their defense, on the other hand, is as fumbling as their offense is skilled. Felton and Wesley need to be aggressive and hit shots. David Lee is formidable down low, but LaMarcus should be able to handle him if he is not too tired. Camby is coming off a 22 rebound performance and if he can hit the boards like he did last night, this should be an easy game. The Blazers will have to limit their turnovers and not let the Warriors get too many fast-break points.
With the poor defense the Warriors play, this is a perfect game for Crawford. He should be able to get as much space as he needs to hit open jump-shots. If he hits some shots early on, he will also have a field day in the assist department. The same could be said for Felton but he has been struggling of late with both turnovers and a terrible shooting percentage, and will likely be looking to involve teammates rather than take his own shot.
This is the third game in three days for the Blazers while the Warriors have been able to rest at home. Tired legs will be an issue for the Blazers but luckily no starter played more than 32 minutes in the last game. If the Blazers can muster up enough strength to fight out one more game, then they can look forward to a lot of rest after coming back home. A long winning streak could happen for the Blazers if they win this game; the rest of the schedule this month is fairly light.
Games this week:
Phoenix – 27th
@Utah – 30th
Charlotte – 1st
@Sacramento – 2nd
Blazers coverage by Cain Stoneking, a life-long Oregonian who breathes Blazers basketball. During the offseason he enjoys backpacking and playing music in his local band Foxtrot. Follow him on twitter at Letsgoblazers, or write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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