Found November 01, 2012 on Sports Junkie Online:
The Blazers came out with massive amounts of energy on opening night in the Rose Garden, and a balanced team effort led by Nicolas Batum and rookie Damian Lillard sparked the Portland Trail Blazers to a 116-106 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.Head coach Terry Stotts' team-oriented motion offense is a far cry from former coach Nate McMillan's plodding, isolation offense that often left Batum stuck in the corner. Batum came out aggressive early in the game, and finished with a team-high 26 points (9-16 FG), 6 rebounds and 3 steals. Lillard's Portland debut was stellar, as he finished with 23 points and 11 assists, as he was able to get teammates involved in the offense early. While he made some poor decisions (which all rookies will do from time to time), he largely played with patience and took what the defense gave him.The sixth overall pick in June's draft, there were some who believed that Lillard's learning curve would be a steep one, going from the Big We...
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