Portland Trail Blazers

Playoff Grades for the Portland Trail Blazers, Part 2

PORTLAND, OR - APRIL 29:  Jerryd Bayless #4 of the Portland Trail Blazers in action against the Phoenix Suns during Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the NBA Playoffs on April 29, 2010 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon. The Suns defeated the Blazers 99-90. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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T.Contributor IMay 10, 2010

Brandon Roy

This guy gave the team a huge lift before and during Game Four to comeback from knee surgery to play in the game. It was easy to tell that one of the main reasons Portland was able to pull out a victory in Game Four was the energy and emotional buzz from the return of B-Roy. Roy was clearly not fully healthy and able to play with maximum effort and it also seemed as if his tempo was off, which kept him from making much of an impact offensively. Brandon gets a passing grade for playing in this series, however he didn't make enough of an impact to pull of a B.

Grade: C

Dante Cunningham

Dante played good in somewhat limited minutes. I've been really surprised by his contributions this season and he continued in strong play in the playoffs. Cunningham always hustles after rebounds and is able to his the mid-range jump shot consistently. He is a valuable bench player for the Portland Trail Blazers and his contributions should increase as the years go by.

Grade: B

Juwan Howard

This guy just doesn't quit. Juwan proved this season that he could still play solid minutes in the NBA. Howard played physical defense and hustled after rebounds. Only problem was that he just didn't have the physical skills to match up against Amare Stoudamire, along with the other big men on the Blazers.

Grade: B+

Jerryd Bayless

Jerryd played a solid series coming off the bench or starting the game. He was able to create offense during slow spots in games, but he sometimes forced shots or drives leading to turnovers. Also, Bayless works off of contact as he drives the lane, but the refs don't call those minor fouls during the playoffs, which hurt his production.

Grade: B-

Martell Webster

If Martell had only played the whole series at the same level of play he exhibited in Game Six. Webster led Portland in scoring in Game Six with 19 points on 6-10 shooting. The previous games though, Martell was basically nonexistent and seemed to be uncomfortable shooting the ball. This series could have ended much differently if Martell had played well before Game Six.

Grade: C+

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