The Blazers are coming off a very rough night down in Oakland. Luckily, the Blazers get to bounce back the next day at home against a team that has lost 11 straight games and hasn't won since the first game of the season. It has been a tough season so far for the young Wolves.
Miller had a bad night in Oakland, dealing with tweaked ankles, foul trouble, and turnovers. Miller looks to turn things around tonight vs Minny, against whom he had one of his best games of the season last time around (21 pts). I wonder how long his iron-man streak will continue if he is dealing with bum ankles?
Flynn has shown bright spots this season, but as expected from a rookie point guard, he has struggled with turnovers. It doesn't help that his supporting cast doesn't offer much help. Hopefully he doesn't develop too many bad habits this year.
Miller outplayed Flynn in both of their prior match-ups this season.
Blake has been frustrating this year. I liked his role last year as the conservative PG that would hit the open three when asked. This year he has struggled with his shot, and seems to make boneheaded turnovers on a consistent basis. How long does Steve have to get his shot hitting at a higher clip before we look at other lineup options?
Rudy has been shooting the ball well over the past 7 games— making 15 of his last 29 threes— which is good to see. However, he also needs to chill out on his turnovers.
Brandon Roy cannot be happy about the way things went last night in the Bay Area. He's going to do everything in his power to right the ship tonight. He also might be feeling the need to get his own offense going again, since he is averaging 8 pts in two games against the Wolves this season. Ryan Gomes has given Roy some problems, but I don't see him as a consistent Roy stopper. Look out for BRoy on the attack tonight.
LA got into foul trouble early last night (apparently two fouls means you can't come back in until the 2nd half), playing only six first-half minutes. He was not able to get into any type of flow as things unraveled quickly in the 2nd half. Aldridge will have a tough battle against Al Jefferson, who looks to be coming back into form, logging his first 20/10 game of the season on Wednesday.
I'm giving the nod to Jefferson (remember last year he averaged 23 and 11). Get angry LA!
Oden was on track for a career night yesterday, until two second quarter fouls sent him to the bench. He had 11 points in the first quarter, looking very comfortable against the under-manned Warriors. I was loving the idea of Greg being the focal point for the rest of the game. But that plan didn't pan out.
Prz was working has ass off as the Warriors attacked the basket, but it seemed like once he blocked a shot, he had no one there to help corral the ball.
Both Oden and Prz have had good games against the Wolves this year, and I look for that to continue tonight. Lets get 30 minutes tonight Greg!