Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Kings vs. Trail Blazers: Halftime

We're all knotted up at 34-34 at the half here at the Cox Pavilion. Overall, the Blazers seem a bit more cohesive in tonight than they did yesterday. They cut down on the turnovers in the second quarter, which would tell me that guys are beginning to settle into the game.

The Blazers offensive attack is still top heavy, with Jerryd Bayless (14 points) and Petteri Koponen (9 points) doing the most damage. Koponen has already taken 10 shots, as he's show a willingness to look for his own offense a bit more tonight. Bayless is once again doing his damage from the free throw line, going 9-for-10 from the charity stripe.

Batum continues to struggle finding his rhythm on offense. He's looked solid on the defensive end, but his shot and ability to get into the lane to create easy opportunities haven't been there. I don't know if his ribs are bothering him or if he's just having a hard time finding his game.

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