Portland Trail Blazers Let Nicolas Batum's Triple-Double Go to Waste

By Dan Parzych
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With the way things have gone in the first half of the regular season, the Portland Trail Blazers will certainly have a chance to earn one of the lower spots in the playoffs. Unfortunately, the Trail Blazers missed a good opportunity to stay above .500 on Tuesday following a loss to the Washington Wizards–a team they normally should have no problem against.

Not only did Portland fall to a Washington team who had won just eight games all season heading into Tuesday, but the team failed to take advantage of a triple-double performance by Nicolas Batum–who finished the game with 12 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists. Batum has been phenomenal for the Trail Blazers over the last couple of weeks and what happens with this team in the second half of the season could heavily rely on the forward’s shoulders.

At this point in the season, Portland certainly looks like they have the talent to compete in the Western Conference, but Tuesday’s 98-95 loss to Washington at home was something that should have never happened to begin with. When the end of the season does come around, there’s going to be a select few of games the Trail Blazers look back on and realize they should have won.

The last thing this team wants to see happen is fall one or two games short of the playoffs–which is never fun for any team to deal with. Luckily, the Trail Blazers have a player with the talent of Batum to make sure that doesn’t happen in the second half of the season.

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