Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Mavs holding Blazers under average
By Calvin Watkins
The Portland Trail Blazers averaged 96.3 points per game in the regular season. But in the first two games of this first-round series vs. the Mavericks, the Blazers have been under their scoring average.
Portland scored 81 in Game 1 and 89 in Game 2. This coming after the Blazers won the final two regular-season meetings by scores of 104-101 and 104-96.
In the fourth quarter of Game 2, Portland was outscored, 28-17 and made just 4-of-10 shots.
"They're making plays," Portland coach Nate McMillan said. "We've started off with turnovers. I thought we started off that quarter, we had some matchups, and I thought we hurried a couple of those matchups and turned the ball over. We got a little too anxious at the start of the quarter and had some turnovers which led to transition with those guys making a couple of shots."
The Mavericks did a nice job on LaMarcus Aldridge by getting a body on him, forcing him to work for his shots (0-for-2 in the fourth), and by getting rebounds. Dallas outrebounded Portland, 9-6, in the fourth quarter and forced five turnovers.
Also, Gerald Wallace, who has struggled in this series, didn't take any shots in eight fourth-quarter minutes.
"We maintained our defensive intensity," Mavs guard Jason Terry said. "Regardless of what was going on on the offensive end, on defense we were in tune with our coverages and everyone was focused."