Game Thread: Utah Jazz at Portland Trail Blazers -- No bigs, no problem?

Ronald Martinez

Game #54: Portland Utah Jazz (19-34) at Portland Trail Blazers (36-18)
Moda Center, Portland, OR
February 21, 2014 -- 8:00 pm MT
TV: ROOT Sports -- RADIO: 1280 am / 97.5 fm

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This is the game thread. I have very few new things to add. The Portland Trail Blazers are kind of in a tail spin right now with injuries; but for the season they are #1 in PPG, and #1 in Off RTG; while being #27 on Opp. PPG, and #22 in Def RTG. Right now the Utah Jazz are #28 in PPG, #23 in Off RTG; and #14 in Opp. PPG, and #29 in Def RTG. They are good at making free throws and getting offensive rebounds. Oh, and threes. For people who still have PTSD from Terry Porter's threes back in the WCF back in '92, this is not something to look forward to. We, well, we are an easy team to defend as we take a lot of shots from no-mans-land. And our best defender is going to be out tonight. Fun.

Here are the player averages:

Player Pos G MPG PPG RPG APG TO A:TO SPG BPG PER USG% AST% TRB%
1 Damian Lillard 1 2 54 36.1 20.9 3.6 5.7 2.4 2.4 0.7 0.4 19.1 24.5% 25.1% 5.4%
2 Nicolas Batum 3 54 36.1 12.8 6.4 5.4 2.6 2.1 1.0 0.6 15.4 16.3% 21.3% 9.7%
3 Wesley Matthews 2 3 54 34.4 16.7 4.0 2.4 1.3 1.8 0.9 0.1 16.4 19.1% 10.7% 6.4%
4 Robin Lopez 5 54 31.3 10.7 8.5 0.8 1.1 0.7 0.4 1.5 16.9 15.1% 3.6% 14.7%
5 Mo Williams 1 2 50 24.3 9.2 2.0 4.6 2.0 2.3 0.8 0.2 11.6 20.3% 27.9% 4.4%
6 C.J. McCollum 2 1 18 15.2 6.7 1.3 0.8 1.1 0.7 0.4 0.1 9.7 20.5% 8.4% 4.8%
7 Dorell Wright 3 42 12.9 4.5 2.0 0.8 0.5 1.6 0.3 0.1 10.9 16.4% 8.8% 8.5%
8 Thomas Robinson 4 46 11.1 4.3 3.8 0.4 0.6 0.7 0.3 0.2 13.9 19.7% 5.3% 18.5%
9 Earl Watson 1 15 5.9 0.5 0.6 0.9 0.7 1.3 0.1 0.0 1.0 7.7% 19.7% 5.5%
10 Allen Crabbe 2 8 5.1 2.8 0.1 0.4 0.4 1.0 0.1 0.0 15.2 20.8% 11.2% 1.3%
Injuries Pos G MPG PPG RPG APG TO A:TO SPG BPG PER USG% AST% TRB%
x LaMarcus Aldridge 4 5 53 37.0 23.9 11.4 2.8 1.8 1.6 0.9 1.0 22.4 29.3% 13.6% 16.7%
x Joel Freeland 5 51 13.8 3.3 3.9 0.7 0.6 1.2 0.2 0.4 11.3 12.2% 6.7% 15.4%
x Meyers Leonard 5 21 9.1 2.7 3.0 0.3 0.4 0.8 0.2 0.1 11.4 13.9% 5.2% 17.6%

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Player Pos G MPG PPG RPG APG TO A:TO SPG BPG PER USG% AST% TRB%
1 Gordon Hayward 2 3 48 36.3 16.2 5.5 5.0 2.7 1.9 1.4 0.6 16.2 23.5% 23.5% 8.7%
2 Trey Burke 1 41 30.8 12.5 3.0 5.6 1.9 2.9 0.6 0.1 12.8 22.7% 30.9% 5.6%
3 Alec Burks 2 1 53 27.3 13.6 3.3 2.6 1.8 1.4 0.8 0.2 15.8 24.1% 16.9% 6.8%
4 Richard Jefferson 3 53 26.8 9.9 2.9 1.8 1.3 1.4 0.7 0.2 12.0 17.1% 10.8% 6.1%
5 Marvin Williams 3 4 42 26.6 10.4 5.5 1.2 0.9 1.3 0.8 0.5 15.5 17.2% 7.7% 11.8%
6 Enes Kanter 4 5 52 25.1 11.7 6.3 0.8 1.8 0.4 0.4 0.6 15.2 23.4% 5.8% 14.1%
7 Jeremy Evans 4 38 19.2 7.2 5.4 0.8 0.5 1.6 0.6 0.7 19.1 16.3% 7.4% 16.0%
8 John Lucas III 1 2 34 15.9 4.3 1.1 1.1 0.6 1.8 0.4 0.0 5.7 16.7% 11.4% 3.9%
9 Diante Garrett 1 2 42 14.7 3.3 1.5 2.0 1.1 1.8 0.6 0.6 8.5 14.1% 20.5% 6.0%
10 Brandon Rush 2 3 30 12.3 2.4 1.1 0.7 0.5 1.4 0.2 0.2 4.9 11.4% 8.9% 5.1%
Injuries Pos G MPG PPG RPG APG TO A:TO SPG BPG PER USG% AST% TRB%
x Derrick Favors 5 4 46 30.4 12.9 9.0 1.1 1.8 0.6 1.0 1.4 17.7 20.6% 6.2% 16.8%

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It's going to be fun to see how the two head coaches change their strategy when their bigs are out. We have been playing small ball all season long, so maybe we have the advantage? Or maybe because Lillard, Matthews, and Molo are going to be going crazy tonight, we're going to need Burke, Burks, and Hayward to match up and beat them?

Add more stuff here, you know, later.

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GO JAZZ GO!

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