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The Portland Trail Blazers took a commanding 2-0 lead Wednesday night in their opening round series against the Houston Rockets behind another monster game from LaMarcus Aldridge, but not without Rockets center Dwight Howard doing his best to prevent the loss.
Here are highlight of Aldridge’s 43-point night and Howard’s 32-point effort in one of the best battle of post players that you’ll see in today’s NBA:
Howard put forth a valiant effort and scored 19 points in the first quarter before foul trouble slowed him down in the second half. When Aldridge is hitting his mid-range jumper like he was last night — and usually he does — he becomes almost impossible to stop. Over the first two games of the series Aldridge has hung a total of 89 points on the Rockets for an average of 44.5 points and 13 rebounds on 59% shooting from the field.
Houston might have to triple-team him next game to slow him down or this will be a quick, short series.
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Over the first two games of the Portland Trail Blazers/Houston Rockets series, Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge has put together back-to-back forty point performances. Yesterday, Houston Rockets big man Dwight Howard was asked by a reporter during a Rockets practice about trying to stop LMA. Dwight’s response was pretty interesting to say the least: Your browser...
The Houston Rockets just fell to the Portland Trailblazers in their second straight home playoff game, and LaMarcus Aldridge is a huge reason why. The Trailblazers’ forward put on an absolute clinic the entire evening as he scored from literally everywhere on the court. Aldridge would finish the game with 43 points going 18-28 from […]
Anyone that had any doubt that LaMarcus Aldridge is a bonafide superstar in this league has been proven wrong early in this playoff series against the Houston Rockets. Through two games Aldridge has racked up 99 points, 26 rebounds, and 5 blocked shots. Even more important than those video game numbers, the Trail Blazers have taken control of this first round series by winning both...
No matter how many points Dwight Howard scores or focused he is on offense. He cannot do it alone. He could not do it alone in Orlando and that team was a top defensive team in the league.
Houston? The Rockets are not quite defensive juggernauts.
They came back and forth and rode Howard as long as they could. LaMarcus Aldridge, Dorrell Wright and Damian Lillard had the offensive...
Dwight Howard was singing an alpha dog tune on Monday, a day after the Houston Rockets lost Game 1 of their first-round playoff series with the Portland Trail Blazers 122-120 in overtime. Howard scored 27 points on 9-of-21 shooting, but he was not satisfied with the performance and has some different strategic plans in mind […]
No offense to a younger Amar’e Stoudemire, who stood tall and talented in his own right, but LaMarcus Aldridge has officially swagger jacked his nickname.
The 28-year-old is averaging 44.5 PPG, 13 RPG, and shooting an incredible 59 percent (35 for 59) as he’s led the Blazers to two huge road wins over the higher-seeded Rockets. At the moment, he’s the MVP of the NBA Playoffs...
More rankings, more "hindsight is 20-20"-ing! Damn man, seeing LaMarcus Aldridge carve up the Rockets after his huge season is bumming me out - even before I hop into reviewing 21-50! Get the red marker ready Slim! Get that F ready!
Just like we reviewed in the Top 20, rankings are based on my final updated top 200, comparing them to the FantasyPros aggregate...
Carmelo Anthony wants to be recruited. He wants to be told how much he’s wanted, more than that how much he’s needed. How he can help them win. How they can market him. He wants teams to come to him.
In other words, he wants the full Dwight Howard treatment.
That’s not my words, that’s what an associate of Anthony told Sean Deveney of the Sporting News.
“He wants to...
Omer Asik’s stint on LaMarcus Aldridge lasted just three minutes before he picked up his third foul and returned to the bench. He never was back on the floor with Dwight Howard again, though that could be one of the changes Kevin McHale has planned.
“We are going to do some stuff differently,” McHale said. “You watch the game and find out what it is.”
Asik, however, said...
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Are the Portland Trail Blazers pretenders or contenders?
The Houston Rockets’ All-Star big man Dwight Howard came into Game 2 like a man possessed, scoring Houston’s first 13 points while working Robin Lopez with an array of post moves. Howard set a Rockets record with 19 points (on 8-9 shooting) in the first quarter alone. He even made all three...
After watching LaMarcus Aldridge go to town on the Houston Rockets front line *points to Dwight Howard mainly and Terrence Jones* to the tune of 46 points and 18 rebounds. It made me remember what a steal he was for the Trail Blazers. You know they shouldn’t even have Aldridge?
Back in the ’06 NBA Draft the Chicago Bulls had the 2nd pick and selected Aldridge. It was a very...
The Houston Rockets were in a similar position to the Chicago Bulls, after dropping the first two games of their series at home to the Portland Trail Blazers. Just like the Bulls, Houston stole one on the road, 121-116, in overtime. Top stories of the game: LaMarcus Aldridge struggled somewhat, Damian Lillard was great, James Harden finally shined (37 points), and rookie Troy Daniels...
Dallas 113, San Antonio 92 - Shawn Marion scored 20 points on 8-10 shooting, and the Mavs pulled away in the second half for an easy win. Manu Ginobili had 27 while going 9-12, and San Antonio shot 50% from the floor as a team (although they only managed 64 field goal attempts to Dallas' 92), but they still lost badly on their home floor.Is it possible the Spurs are actually...
Coca-Cola recently set up an in-store display that paid homage to their partner, the Portland Trailblazers. Using various Coke products, the display spelled out “Rip City.” The Blazers currently lead the Houston Rockets 2-0 in their best of seven playoff series, led by the dominant play of LaMarcus Aldridge.