Many players will score more than the 31 points that Gerald Wallace did Thursday night, and LeBron James will probably have a dozen games that efficient and prolific. The line, though impressive, doesn’t really reveal the revelation that Gerald has been in a number of games this season. It’s not the production, it’s how he got it. It’s my feeling that a huge number of those points simply would not have been scored by any other player on this roster. He’s finishing at the cup far better than any Blazer since healthy Brandon Roy, both in the half-court and in transition (shooting a mind-boggling 11-14 at the rim last night). It’s been great to watch.
Of course, Gerald doesn’t do it on his own. For the second time in a row for one of my recaps, LaMarcus did really well taking the right shots on his way to a quietly efficient 28 points, played decent defense on Pau and cleaned up the glass against a not-as-tough-as-before but still tough Lakers front line. He’s been bringing his lunch pail this year, and the spectacular nights should be there sooner rather than later.
Raymond Felton did well to push the pace and was a big part in the miniscule turnover percentage, but he’s got to be more efficient scoring the ball. Other than that, there’s not much in the way of individual observations. The other guys all looked serviceable, which is more than can be said for the Lakers complementary parts. Without Josh McRoberts, the Lakers have three players who combine for over 60 million in salary, and played seven others who may have superior counterparts in the d-league. At home, this is a team the Blazers should beat, and it was nice to do so convincingly.