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Blazers have little trouble dispatching Jazz

Apr 8, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

Paul Millsap, Gerald Wallace, Wesley Matthews AP

It was a workman like performance by the Blazers. Not a lot of flash, they were just the better team and they never let up.

And they needed the win. It moved them half a game ahead of the Hornets for the six seed in the West. It matters — the six seed likely gets Dallas, seven seed gets the Lakers. Portland feels it has a shot against Dallas (and the Lakers would be happy to avoid Portland). Los Angeles is a harder road.

Portland was without Marcus Camby (sore neck) and Utah make a priority of not letting LaMarcus Aldridge beat them — he was denied and doubled and finished with 12 points on 6-of-19 shooting.

But now Portland has Gerald Wallace. He does a little of everything for this team and on a night they needed scoring he pitched in 29 (on 16 shots). He was getting inside and was still 5-9 on jumpers. Plus he had 8 boards. And defended like mad. He is a great fit for what Portland does and makes them much more dangerous in the playoffs.

The Blazers also got solid play off the bench from Brandon Roy, and Nicolas Batum had 21 points on 13 shots.

Devin Harris was back for the Jazz after a seven-game absence and looked sharp, but the Jazz are giving the kids their due now. And that leads to challenges. Gordon Hayward was barely a factor (he had 10 points, still). There were fourth quarter runs to make it a game, then the Blazers tightened their defense and the result was the Jazz taking rushed long jumpers against the shot clock. There is still learning to do.

Next up for Portland is the hated Lakers Friday night (and Los Angeles looks plenty beatable right now). A win helps them get what they want, which is to avoid those same Lakers in the first round.

  1. skeeterladeeter - Apr 8, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    the blazers have the best name in the league.
    my favorite is when they play the nuggets, and blaze em.

  2. thestudiokida - Apr 8, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Portland has a lot of tough, talented players in their rotation. Even though I live in Charlotte I’m happy to see Gerald Wallace contributing to a winning team. I hope they upset somebody in the 1st round.

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