The Portland Trail Blazers and Cleveland Cavaliers tend to play very exciting games against each other. Wednesday night was no exception as the game was extremely tight for the first 46 minutes until the Blazers were able to knock down a few threes to blow the game open in the final two minutes. The Trail Blazers are extremely tough at home, and they proved it against the Cavs.
The matchup to watch coming into the game was the point guard matchup pitting Damian Lillard against Kyrie Irving. Considering that the Blazers won, it isn’t a surprise to see that Lillard owned Irving all night long. Irving scored 21 points with four assists while making just seven of his 20 shot attempts. Lillard on the other hand, was outstanding in scoring 28 points with five assists and no turnovers. He made 10 of his 20 field goal attempts.
Despite the hype surrounding the battle of the point guards, the biggest key to the Blazers’ win on Wednesday was power forward LaMarcus Aldridge having a huge game. To go along with Lillard’s 28 points, Aldridge added 32 of his own while also grabbing 18 boards.
For the Cavs, there are still a few positives to take from this game despite the loss. The Blazers are outstanding at home and on the road, and the Cavs were able to keep the game close for almost the entire contest.
Luol Deng and Anderson Varejao have been playing extremely well for the Cavs lately. Deng is contributing in several ways since his arrival, especially with his scoring and defense. Varejao is averaging 13.4 rebounds in 11 games since Andrew Bynum‘s suspension.
The Blazers are already an extremely good team poised to make a deep run in the postseason. The Cavs are getting there. They are still a few stops on defense away from getting over the hump, but when they can mesh well with Deng in the lineup, they have the potential to be a scary team in the second half of the season.