Amundson sets career numbers / AP
In a night where the Blazers came off of two days rest and what Coach Nate McMillan called “the best practice of the season to date”, the Blazers fell flat on their face against the Indiana Pacers in front of a lethargic 10,933 fans.
The Blazers, who were sluggish and sloppy from the opening tip and trailed by as many as 29 points, had just five assists and made just 20 field goals. It was the fewest assists and second-fewest number of field goals the Blazers have recorded in a game in franchise history.
It took until the second half for the Blazers to hit double digits in the FG category, falling more and more into the realm of irrelevance and one step closer to becoming known as a lottery team. One Portland journalist even described the Blazers as Frail Blazers.
Lou Amundson shot out of his mind, continuing the trend the Blazers seem to be following this season: giving players new career highs in points and teams franchise highs in FG %.
Amundson scored a career-high 21 points, shot 10 for 11 from the field and grabbed eight rebounds to help Indiana beat the Portland Trail Blazers 92-75. It’s just the second time this season he’s played more than 20 minutes in a game, racking up his stats in a total of just 23 minutes.
But now, with losses mounting at an alarming rate and a once-promising season continuing to nosedive, it looks like a new and equally painful time has arrived: The Fail Blazers era.
When asked if the team was quitting on each other or the coach, not one player really gave a reasonable answer, nor did they look appalled the question was asked. The question of quitting didn’t offend any of the players, which is troubling.
Marcus Camby injured his right shoulder early in the first quarter and played just 5 minutes. Camby hurt himself roughly one minute into the game, when he elevated to try to follow a LaMarcus Aldridge miss with a dunk. He remains questionable for their game in New York Wednesday night.
Nolan Smith was a bright spot in the poor shooting display by the Blazers. He made all three of his field goals and scored 10 points. He also saved the Blazers from equaling their franchise record for made field goals (19), when he nailed a three with 1.3 seconds left.
The Blazers, now 20-22 on the season, lost for the 10th time in the last 15 games and fell to 1-3 on their seven-game trip. The Pacers improved to 24-16. Injured center Greg Oden, who is recuperating from his most recent knee surgery in Indiana attended the game and watched from behind the Blazers' bench. Yesterday, Chris Haynes of CSNNW reported Oden has put his Portland home on the market and wants nothing to do with the Blazers once his contract runs up in June.
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Michael Holton, Studio and sideline reporter for Blazers TV, joined the Morning Sports Page this morning to discuss the Blazers self inflicting wounds and how it can translate to its game versus the Knicks.