Portland won a basketball game. That's good to see, especially since its second-best player was suspended for the game (and now apparently doesn't care if Portland loses 20 games in a row according to a quote Friday). The Blazers did a nice job in the second-half, overcoming a 26-and-13 performance from Elton Brand and turning a 12-point third quarter deficit into a win. The Clips did their best Blazer impression, launching wide-open jumpshots that repeatedly bricked for most of the second half.
Stoudamire led the team with 22 points and 6 assists, Joel Pryzbilla turned in another very solid all around performance (10 points, 14 rebounds, 4 blocks in 28 minutes), and Ruben Patterson filled up the box score with 17 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. In one nice side note, our man Sebastian Telfair played 14 minutes and had 2 assists and 11 points. He shot 5 of 8 and made his only three pointer. He's been doing a nice job lately of putting the "he can't shoot" knock to rest.
Darius Miles will sit one more game and then return from his suspension.
More thoughts on Portland later today...