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Abbreviated Preseason Wraps Up In Utah

  1. Written by: caseyholdahl


    The Portland Trail Blazers play the second of two exhibition games tonight against the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena is Salt Lake City. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:00pm on Comcast SportsNet and broadcast over the airwaves on 750 AM The Game.

    Monday night the Trail Blazers handily defeated the Jazz 110-90 in the Rose Garden. Wesley Matthews led he team in scoring with 17 points followed by Nicolas Batum and Elliot Williams with 13 each.

    Portland shot 56 percent from the floor while limiting the Jazz to 42 percent. The Trail Blazers topped the Jazz in the paint as well scoring 48 points.

    In the first game, the squad focused on pushing the tempo by running the floor, making quick decisions and passing. Speed will continue to be major focal point in this second matchup as well.

    One major adjustment the team will make tonight is the addition of LaMarcus Aldridge. The number-one option intends to rejoin the team following time off due to a heart procedure. As everyone returns to their natural positions with Aldridge on the floor building on team chemistry will be a point of emphasis.

    After a solid first performance against the Jazz the Trail Blazers need to continue to execute tonight. Watch for a focus on defense as head coach Nate McMillan continues to promote the “defense creates offense” mantra. Rebounding on both the offensive and defensive ends will be important as Portland looks to take the intensity the they played with in the Rose Garden on the road.

    A two-win preseason will build encouraging momentum for the Trail Blazers as the head into the regular season on Monday, December 26th.

    Tonight’s game can be seen locally on Comcast 37 with Mike Barrett and Mike Rice. Brian Wheeler and Antonio Harvey will have the call on 750 AM The Game and on all of the stations of the Trail Blazers Radio Network.


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