Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 10/23/14
Blazers fall to Mavs Coming off a road victory at Minnesota in their first game of a six-game road stretch, the Portland Trail Blazers (25-24)were starting to establish a little bit of that momentum that they have previously lost last month. Though the game was much closer than it should have been, the Blazers found a way to escape any let-down away from Portland as they held off a Timberwolves team that fought its way back into the game. When Portland took the court against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night, there were plenty of similarities between this contest and their game in Minnesota. The Blazers established a lead, could not find a way to continue building that lead in the second half, LaMarcus Aldridge had a monster game, and Nicolas Batum was still missing. Portland couldn’t duplicate an impressive first-half effort as they fell to the Dallas Mavericks. (Photo: Tony Gutierrez/AP) Unfortunately for the Blazers and their fans, Portland could not find a way to squeak out a victory in this one as they fell to the Mavericks 105-99. The loss was all the more disappointing because of the fact that the Blazers once again were far outplayed in the second half and could not put anything together that would suffice as decent basketball. The victory over the Blazers marked Rick Carlisle’s 500th win as a head coach, a more than commendable achievement. He is the 28th coach in NBA history to reach that mark. To bring attention back to the Blazers, here’s the love ‘em and hate ‘em from last night’s loss. Love ‘Em Aldridge Continues to Streak Aldridge once again had another big night for the Blazers, putting up 27 points while giving them big momentum swings throughout the first and second halves. As I have mentioned recently, Aldridge is quickly becoming one of the biggest names in the league, something Portland fans more than appreciate as it brings some much-needed publicity to a basketball team that is sometimes shrouded by other teams on the West Coast. LaMarcus is currently one of the only consistent producers for the Blazers along with Wesley Matthews. Good Start Though the Blazers would eventually lose on Wednesday night, the fast start they got out to was promising against Dallas. The Blazers put up 61 points in the first half, impressive numbers by any means. If they could repeat these efforts in the second halves of games, Portland would be a no doubt playoff team. Hate ‘Em Poor Second Half The problem with Portland in their last two games is that they have had terrible second halves. As mentioned above, the Blazers are able to get going in games very quickly. The only problem with that, however, is that they seem to drain every ounce of energy they have while allowing other teams to get back into games. Last night was just another example of a disappointing finish as the Blazers could only put up 38 points in the second half. Nothing Without Aldridge As was evident last night when Aldridge was on the bench, Portland is not good. Dallas used moments when LaMarcus was given a rest to climb back into the game. If the Blazers want to see Aldridge performing his best towards the end of the season while making a playoff push, other players will need to step up when he takes a seat on the bench. Batum still missing Will somebody please find Nicolas Batum and tell him that the Blazers need him? CLICK HERE CHECK OUT OUR TRAIL BLAZERS BLOG AT THE NWSB!
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

C-USA hired PR firm to help Marshall’s playoff chances

Wilson denies rumored Harvin rift, blames media for scrutiny

Report: Cowboys could limit DeMarco Murray's touches

Lakers announce Steve Nash to miss season with back issues

Is Mack Brown the best option for SMU?

Jeremy Kerley on new contract: 'Bentleys for everybody'

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Buss: Any FA who won’t play with Kobe ‘probably a loser’

NFL to start airing its own anti-domestic violence PSAs

Ex-Bronco John Boyett punched cabbie, told cops to call Elway

Former NFL QB still feels effects of concussions every day

Robert Klemko given four-week suspension from The MMQB

Michael Vick: Percy Harvin won't be a monster here

NFL teams facing potential must-win scenarios in Week 8

WATCH: Jeremy Lin poses as Adidas employee for prank

WATCH: Peyton screams at fans to 'shut the f- up!'

Father auctioning off infant son's soccer club allegiance

Love thanks T'Wolves fans in essay for not burning his jersey

WATCH: Browns WR 'kicks out' son over favorite player snub

Memorabilia dealer wants Todd Gurley reinstated immediately

Aaron Rodgers gave girlfriend Olivia Munn a 'special ring'?

The 10 college football programs with most to gain in Week 9

Most disappointing potential dynasties of divisional era

WATCH: OHL hockey coach goes off on reporter: ‘F*** you!’

PK Subban as Michael Jackson at Canadiens' Halloween party

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

NFL teams facing must-win scenarios in Week 8

Programs with a lot on the line this week

Wilson denies rumored Harvin rift

Lakers: Steve Nash out for season

Is Mack Brown SMU's best option?

Are sports leagues finally getting serious about domestic violence?

Brian Urlacher rips Jay Cutler

On Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and embracing newfound roles

Top NFL storylines: Week 8

Kiffin's mom worried for son's safety

Report: Goodell will have to testify

Penguins do 'O Canada' following tragedy

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.