Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 12/27/12
Building Momentum The Portland Trail Blazers took to the court on Wednesday evening as they looked to avenge a loss they suffered just three days ago to the Sacramento Kings. And, after it was all said and done, the Blazers got their revenge as they vanquished the Kings 109-91. Not at all resembling the team that lost to a mediocre Sacramento team just a few days ago, Portland jumped out to a lead and kept asserting their dominance, proving they are at least above a certain tier of teams in the NBA. Here are what we loved and hated most about this game. Love ‘Em Bouncing Back As was mentioned earlier, the win over the Kings was big for the Blazers, especially when talking about momentum as well as general team confidence. The double-digit loss to Sacramento earlier in the week was disheartening for a team that had been riding their longest winning streak of the season.   LaMarcus Aldridge once again had an impressive performance against the Kings. (Photo: Randy L. Rasmussen/The Oregonian) Beating the Kings at home was crucial for sustaining at least a little bit of the momentum that may have been built up during Portland’s recent winning streak. The win also was a testament to how the Blazers can bounce back even after a relatively tough loss on the road. No matter the circumstances, this team showed it has at least some fight. Above .500 For just the third time this season (and first since their third game of the season) Portland is over the .500 mark in the NBA as they now sport a 14-13 record, a record that puts them in the final playoff slot in the Western Conference with plenty of games to play. Considering that the Blazers were supposed to be in a rebuilding  year, this record is evidence that things may not be too bad for the Rip City faithful this year. LaMarcus is Grooving One of the players that has been essential to Portland’s uprising this season is LaMarcus Aldrige. Though he is no stranger to Blazer fans, Aldrige looks as though he is finally coming into himself this year and asserting his dominance on the court. Continuing his impressive streak of play from past games, Aldrige put up 28 points and 12 rebounds to help the Blazers coast past the Kings. Hate ‘Em Could Have Been Seven Though the Blazers did bounce back from their loss against the Kings from a few days ago, one of the only downsides of this win is that it made a lot of people realize that Portland could have easily taken care of Sacramento in their first meeting. A win over the Kings in that contest and Portland would be riding high on a seven game winning streak before heading to Los Angeles to take on the surprisingly mediocre, and always hated, Lakers. Other than that, however, this win over Sacramento proved the Blazers to be a step above some of the more downtrodden teams in the NBA, giving fans a possible glimpse at what could very well be a playoff team. CLICK HERE CHECK OUT OUR TRAIL BLAZERS BLOG AT THE NWSB!
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