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Friday, December 13th, 2013 at 9:20 am  |  22 responses

LaMarcus Aldridge Torches Houston for 31 Points and 25 Rebounds (VIDEO)

On fire.

The Western Conference-leading Portland Trail Blazers (19-4) continue to stockpile wins, taking down the visiting Houston Rockets 111-104 Thursday night. LaMarcus Aldridge detonated for 31 points and 25 boards. Per the Oregonian: “With MVP chants echoing around the Moda Center at random intervals and a national TNT television audience gushing at home, Aldridge delivered another MVP-like performance Thursday night, leading the Trail Blazers to another impressive victory, 111-104, over the Houston Rockets before a sellout crowd of 19,997. The two-time All-Star finished with 31 points, a career-high 25 rebounds, two blocks, two steals and two assists, while making 14 of 22 shots. It was one of the best individual performances in the NBA this season, one of the most dominant outings of Aldridge’s career, and it continued a 23-game run of brilliance for a player who is, quite simply, playing the best basketball of his NBA career. ‘He’s the MVP, man — he’s playing at a crazy-high level right now,’ Wesley Matthews said, before adding. ‘He’s the best power forward in the NBA.’ The monster outing was both historic and clutch. Aldridge became the first player in franchise history and first in the NBA since Kevin Love in 2010 to record a 30-point, 25-rebound game. And he became the first player in the NBA to finish with at least 30 points, 25 rebounds and two blocks since Chris Weber in 2001. And most of the damage — 25 points and 15 rebounds — came in the second half, when the Blazers were fighting tooth and nail to outlast the high-octane Rockets (15-8), who entered the game featuring the NBA’s highest-scoring offense. The victory continued the Blazers’ unlikely feel-good season, improving their record to 19-4, and ensured their best start through 23 games since the 1990-91 season, when they opened 21-2. [...] ‘Coach (Terry Stotts) has really given me the freedom to take big shots, make big shots, make plays, really do what I want to do out there,’ Aldridge said. ‘He just trusts me. I think him trusting me and my teammates trusting me and believing in me, that’s been big for me this year.’”

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  • http://signup.divinerenergy.com/ Anthony Dixon

    MVP

  • pposse

    Dwight who?!

  • Max

    Howard!
    Best pf going up against the best center. They both had big games.

  • AndyK415

    I love how on that one play with both Howard and Chandler missing the rebound, Dwight starts staring down Chandler before the play is even over. He could have tried to block Aldridge’s layup attempt.

  • Otis

    Yeahhhhhh that play says so much about Dwight

  • AndyK415

    I know. I can’t stand him.

  • Dfrance

    Look at the very first sequence in the video. LA gets the reb, and Dwight just stands there pointing at Jones to cover him instead of closing out.

  • AndyK415

    Haha wow. I didn’t notice that at first…so pathetic. This is a great piece of video to show players of all ages what not to do.

  • AndyK415

    Did you not see all the ridiculous crap Dwight did in these highlights?
    Every single play Dwight was directly involved in he either quit on defense to complain to his teammates or he just plain quit on defense.

  • Mike From Spain

    Hey, answering your question about my thoughts on Derrick Williams.

    Basically the guy is a tweener, more suited to be a stretch 4 than a 3, and in Minnesota he was playing behind one of the best PFs in the league. He had plenty of minutes though.

    He has some issues with his handles and decision making that should be hurdles for him to play the 3. Note his bad assist numbers, not good enough to be a SF. He’s a touch slow to guard 3s, but he puts in the effort.

    He’s a streaky shooter who can put up huge games from time to time, perhaps it is something mental that he’ll figure out and he’ll step up his game , I don’t know. He’s nice as a spot-up shooter and understands cuts well enough, he’s got good timing on these. Sometimes he’ll try for the flashy finish and rim a one handed oop, but he is strong enough to absorb contact and finish with and 1s, quite regularly.

    He’s a decent rebounder, he’s ahtletic, and he’s the kind of dude who means well and wants to get better. But his limitations in passing and handling really damage his chances to play in Adelman’s system.

    A change of scenery may make him better, but I don’t think that he’ll be as good as he was in his last game very often. He was not contributing in Minnesota, so any rotation player they got is a plus, and if he does better in Sacramento, I am happy although a bit … well, I wish he ‘got it’ while in the Timberwolves but sometimes things don’t happen the way you want to.

  • Guest

    The effort was weak but he didn’t close out because then Lopez would have been wide open for a dunk or at the least have nobody boxing him out for the rebound.

  • Max

    Well it’s quite frustrating because it’s been like that for the whole season but he’s still really good. (when he wants to)

  • Dagger

    Of course, Dwight only had 32/17.

    Not to say that Dwight should not have done more, but last night reminded me a bit of a poor man’s version of Hakeem playing young Shaq. Hakeem was more versatile and usually had slightly better stats, but Shaq got his too.

  • guest

    Dwight “32 points, 17 rebounds, 2 blocks” Howard is who you are thinking of.

  • http://h2hoops.wordpress.com/ Habeeba Husain

    He makes it look so effortless.

  • pposse

    whoops didn’t watch the game…but he still sucks!

  • Dfrance

    Yeah but you gotta count on your teammates to rotate. Jones was right there. You can’t leave a guy with the ball right next to the basket open.

  • spit hot fiyah

    this cemented him as the best 4 in the game imo. if he wasn’t already.
    last few years i wasn’t fully on board with lamarcus. it is pretty clear now though to me.

  • AndyK415

    Yeah I feel the same way. I thought it was a good pick at first and I too believe that he got enough minutes. You’re a Wolves fan aren’t you?

  • Mike From Spain

    Yes, I started watching them because of Ricky Rubio and you could say that I learned to watch the game because of Canis Hoopus, they are a great blog and great community

  • AndyK415

    Ah makes sense. Glad to have at least one other fan on here and I’ll have to check out that other blog. Anytime you want to talk about the T-Wolves just shoot me a message!

  • Mike From Spain

    Sure, I like to comment on the Wolves. I learned a bit how to view the game here in Slam, but also in Canis Hoopus. For me Canis Hoopus is the place to be in the internet if you are a Wolves fan, nothing comes to mind as a close second. They have a few commenters who are very much into analytics and they do some nice work. One of them came up with models to predict drafts which do better than the Wolves FO (duh, not that difficult) They are very thoughtful and open to discussion on the whole. And sometimes the talk diverges to beer, weird gifs, banter, Trail Blazers bashing and other weirdness. Just don’t say anything bad about Pek or a certain Cynical Jason might get mad :)

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