Blazers week in review 2/16

By Erik Gundersen, Columbian Trail Blazers Writer



Blazer Beef

They went 2-0 in real games, had two players in the All-Star Game and had another perform well in the 3-point shootout.

For all intents and purposes, this section is useless at the current time.

Blazer Bravos

LaMarcus Aldridge was the first Portland Trail Blazers player to start in the All-Star Game since 1994.

And although it was under the circumstances of an injury replacement, Damian Lillard made his second appearance on the Western Conference All-Stars.

Wesley Matthews performed admirably in the 3-point shootout, with the best score to not qualify for the next round.

The Blazers took care of business in their final game before the break against the Lakers in blowout fashion.

The week was kind to the Blazers as they will return to practice on Wednesday.

By The Numbers

36-17 — The Blazers had the same record before the All-Star break in 2015 as they did in 2014.

4 — The Blazers have the fourth best defensive efficiency in the league at the All-Star break.

5.2 — The Blazers are fifth in the league in pace-adjusted point differential over 100 possessions.

The Week Ahead

Friday at Utah (6 p.m., CSN): The Blazers beat Utah by only one point in Robin Lopez’s return on Feb. 3.

Sunday vs. Memphis (6 p.m., CSN): The Blazers welcome the Memphis Grizzlies to down who handed them a 13-point home loss back in November, their worst of the season.