Trail Blazers vs Hawks Sunday, 02/27/11 AT 07:30PM

  1. Cold Streaks Spell Disaster For Trail Blazers

    Written by Grant Lucas on Feb 27, 2011

    In a roller coaster-type contest that had the Rose Garden range from sitting on the edge of its seat with its hands in the Continue Reading

  2. Hawks Fly In To Take On Streaking Trail Blazers

    Written by Grant Lucas on Feb 26, 2011

    The second half of the season is underway, and the Portland Trail Blazers are beginning to find a rhythm at the right time. Although Continue Reading

  3. Trail Blazers Acquire Gerald Wallace In Exchange For Przybilla, Cunningham And Marks

    Written by trailblazers on Feb 24, 2011

    The Portland Trail Blazers have acquired forward Continue Reading

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Trail Blazers vs. Hawks Game Thread

The Trail Blazers survived the Nuggets with only 9 healthy bodies and now will finally welcome home their new addition, Gerald Wallace. With the win, Portland moves into a tie in the loss column for 5th out West and wins their 7th game in their last 8 tries. But just because Wallace is playing doesn't mean the team can take a night off on the boards. Even without a center, Portland won the rebounding battle 51-47 over Denver. It's been a while, November 16th , 2009, since Portland last played Atlanta, but not much has changed with ATL. They will showcase a new point guard, Kirk Hinrich, but the main pieces - J. Johnson, J. Smith, J. Crawford, and A. Horford - still remain.

For Portland to continue their climb up the Western Conference ladder, they must defend the paint, no big men or not. Denver provided the blue print on how to attack these Blazers: grab the defensive rebound, get out on the break, finish strong in the paint. Portland needs to find the happy medium in regards to defending the fast break and crashing the offensive glass. If Portland can control the paint, they should walk away victorious.continue

My Starting 5

Actual score:

Average predicted score:

Player Pts Ast RB
#12   LaMarcus Aldridge 19 0 8
#7   Brandon Roy 6 0 1
#88   Nicolas Batum 9 0 2
#5   Rudy Fernandez 5 3 2
#24   Andre Miller 20 4 7
#8   Patty Mills 3 0 1
#23   Marcus Camby 0 3 6
#9   Elliot Williams 0 0 0
#1   Armon Johnson 0 0 0
#8   Luke Babbitt 0 0 0
#2   Wesley Matthews 12 3 2
#3   Gerald Wallace 9 1 5
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