March 25, 2008
At first glance, San Antonio and Orlando would appear to be the most
scrumptious contest on tonight's platter, but Orlando's played poorly
over the last couple of games. Up 5 1/2 games on Cleveland in the East's
third spot with just 10 to go, there really isn't much for Disney to get excited about right now. Stan Van Gundy won't start crackin' that leather
belt until April.
So, Wizards/Trail Blazers it is on NBA TV. The last time these two met was back in November when Antawn Jamison dropped 30 to lead the Wizards to a 109-90 win in Washington. I'd expect more of the same tonight. Jamison had 24 points and 12 rebounds on Sunday against Detroit, and he's averaging 27.6 points and 10.6 boards while shooting 52.1 percent in his last five. When that corner three is falling for him (2.1 3PM-made per game in March), there isn't a more dangerous offensive four-man in the East.
On Portland's end, try and keep tab on how many times Channing Frye jumps to block a DeShawn Stevenson (or any other Wizards) deadball. Much to the chagrin of the Trail Blazers staff, Frye loves to send back shots that go up after the whistle (ala Kevin Garnett). Why? Because Frye's all up in your head, running amuck.
Enjoy the game, guys.
Washington Wizards: 36-33, 88.5 possessions per game (26th-most in the NBA), 109.5 points scored per 100 possessions (12th in the NBA), 109.9 allowed per 100 possessions (19th).
Portland Trail Blazers: 37-34, 86.9 possessions per game (29th), 108.4 points scored per 100 possessions (15th), 109.6 points allowed per 100 possessions (18th).