Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 11/29/12
Nba_trailblazers_vs_d993
Portland continues East Coast slide The Headline: squaring off with the winless Wizards, Portland continues its East Coast losing streak with this new 82-84 loss. Portland Trail Blazers vs. Washington Wizards When: 7:00 ET, Wednesday, November 28, 2012 Where: Verizon Center (Washington D.C.) Officials: Derrick Stafford, David Guthrie, James Williams Attendance: 14,114 Love ‘em Batum back alive Nicolas Batum has been mired in a slump over his last four games, but it looks like he’s finally breaking through. Batum had a solid night, putting up 20 points, four rebounds, three steals and a block. After shooting 36 percent over his cold streak, Batum showed improvement with a 6-15 night. The biggest improvement was from behind the arc, where Batum was 5-10. He was shooting 20 percent on threes during his slump. Hopefully with Batum heating up again, the Portland offense can start rolling again. And hopefully that will result in a win, because Portland could sure use one. Batum’s finally breaking his slump. (Photo: Alex Brandon/AP) Hickson owns With another double-double in the bag, this might have been J.J. Hickson’s best performance of the year. Hickson put up a solid 15 points on 6-8 shooting. He finished the night with a season high 19 rebounds, including nine offensive boards. He tacked on a block and steal for good measure. After some trouble in the paint, Hickson finally had a solid defensive effort under the basket. The Wizards had just 18 points in the paint, the lowest Portland’s given up in quite some time. Hate ‘em 1. East Coast swing woes With their third loss in a row, Portland continues to suffer through its East Coast swing. The Blazers are currently on a seven game East Coast roadtrip, and have kicked things off 0-3. They have been outscored by opponents 268-290. Next up for Portland is Boston (Nov. 30), Cleveland (Dec. 1), Charlotte (Dec. 3) and Indiana (Dec. 5). Only two of those games actually look winnable, but after this game nothing is certain. 2. Matthews hitting cold streak While most of Portland’s starters looked pretty solid in this game, Wesley Matthews had quite a disappointing night. The hot-handed shooting guard shot a putrid 2-10 on the night and was 1-8 from downtown. He finished his night with six points, two rebounds and two steals. CLICK HERE CHECK OUT OUR TRAIL BLAZERS BLOG AT THE NWSB!
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Jakub Voracek will donate $1,000 for every point he scores

Dwayne Bowe reportedly in danger of being cut by Browns

Slava Voynov taken into custody by U.S Immigration

The Redskins finally catch a break with Jamison Crowder

GM's wife reportedly pressured by Redskins to apologize

Five Nebraska players suspended for opener named

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jason Pierre-Paul reportedly plans to join Giants next week

Curt Schilling suspended by ESPN for rest of MLB season

Report: Roger Goodell buyout would cost roughly $150 million

NFL suspends Denver's T.J. Ward for season opener

Report: ‘Highly unlikely’ Patriots attempt to recoup draft picks

Poll: Most players oppose Goodell's disciplinary power

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!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The Gospel Of Harbaugh prepares for its ultimate test of faith

Meet the Utah Utes, the pluckiest program in college football

Iman Shumpert will name daughter Iman Shumpert Jr.

Dallas company celebrates Romo with DirecTV 'crownies'

Top 10 storylines for Week 4 of the NFL preseason

Matt Williams is still hopelessly married to the idea of the closer’s role

Five unique CFB games to watch this weekend

Be careful what you wish for, Jay Gruden

Ryan taking leap of faith with Bills

Top 10 storylines for Week 1 of college football season

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker