He single-handedly led the Blazers to a win in the first game of the series. But after that, his production fell off mostly because he was guarded by the bigger Grant Hill. However, anyone responsible for one of the Blazers two wins deserves a good grade.
I expected a lot more of Rudy in this series. Sure he hit a few threes in the series, but none of them really helped Portland out all that much. I guess I just expected a player who had the experience like Rudy does from the Olympics to show up big in the playoffs. But, he looked scared and tentative during his minutes on the court, and added several turnovers when he tried to force passes or certain plays.
Batum was another player I was expecting quite a bit from in this series. He was injured early on in the series and I think that kept him from playing on all cylinders for the remainder of the series. Batum knocked down a few corner threes and played great defense on Steve Nash in game one. Batum mainly gets marked down in this grade for the lack of production most likely due to his injury.
He had a monster game four with 31 points and also led the team in scoring in the series opener victory. LaMarcus didn't get many open shots and was frequently double-teamed. I'm not sure if this is just me but it seemed like he missed tons of shots that he normally made in the regular season. Amare Stoudemire taught him a lesson in physical basketball and Aldridge should grow from this series as he learned how big men need to play in the playoffs.
Not much more you can ask from Camby in this series. He played his style of game, hustled for rebounds on both sides of the court and played great defense. My only knock on Marcus Camby would be he took more jump shots than he normally does. I know many of those shots were late in the shot clock but with the shooters on Portland roster, Camby is probably the last guy I'd like to see shooting jump shots.
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