The Blazers once again found themselves playing a man down after guard Elliot Williams was getting in some extra practice with Chris Johnson last night. He went up for the dunk, Johnson went up for the block, and Williams shoulder went backward, which as you know the shoulder does not do. Williams was sporting a sling tonight at the game and will be out the rest of the road trip and likely longer. He will return to Portland to get an MRI on the shoulder that took three people to pop back into place. Nolan Smith will likely pick up the Williams’ minutes on this road trip depending on how Coach McMillan uses Jamal Crawford.
Uh-oh, three turnovers in the first two minutes of the game. It’s a darn good thing the game is not won or lost in the first couple minutes but the Blazers were able to work the ball inside and get LaMarcus Aldridge going early. It’s so important for him to get involved in the offense early on to establish a rhythm. Plus, you go inside to Aldridge and that will free up more open looks and dribble penetrations for the guards. None of those came easy for the Blazers ending the first quarter down 27-17.
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