The Portland Trail Blazers opened the season last night hosting their longtime rival, the Los Angeles Lakers. The crowd fed the Blazers energy early on and carried it throughout the night. A happy Halloween it was for Rip City as the Blazers held on for a 116-106 victory.
A big key to last night’s game was the aggressiveness of the Blazers. I saw little to no hesitation in these players.
It was Nicolas Batum, in particular, that caught my eye. He was everywhere – whether it was crashing the boards, getting to loose balls, creating shots and taking the open ones, or getting to the rim – he was there. He had a great game. This is something the Blazers need to see in a consistent form. If he can, then he is living up to that lucrative contract the organization was forced to match in order to retain him.
I have to give credit to Terry Stotts for the way the Blazers played last night. Stotts had a game plan and the Blazers knew exactly what that game plan was. I have to say that the...