On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Blazers headed down the East Coast from Philly for a Monday afternoon matinee meeting with the Washington Wizards, who were looking to rebound after a frustrating loss to the Boston Celtics.
One team was going to take their dissatisfaction's out on the other one and on Jan. 18, that happened to be the Trail Blazers who topped the Wizards 108-98.
Five Blazers scored in double-digits and C.J. McCollum led the way with 25 points, two rebounds, two assists and six made three-pointers. Mason Plumlee added 10 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for the winning side.
For the Wizards, Garrett Temple had 18 points while Marcin Gortat scored 16 points and corralled 13 rebounds.
John Wall did not have a good game
No Wizard player really played well. All of the starters, plus Nene and Bradley Beal, finished with negative plus/minus marks.
But after a game against the Celtics where he had his season-high in 36 points - plus seven rebounds, seven steals and 13 assists - Wall had an off game against the Blazers. In 36 minutes of action he scored just nine points, missed 13 shots and turned the ball over three times. He did however record 10 assists.
The problem isn't necessarily that Wall played poorly. He has been carrying the Wizards this season and is allowed a mulligan on a poor performance every now and then.
The issue is that no other Wizard stepped up to replace his production, on offense or defense.
Beal played 24 minutes off the bench and recorded 16 points and five assists, but finished with a plus/minus of -3. Kelly Oubre Jr. scored zero points in 12 minutes of action.
The Trail Blazers were unstoppable from behind the arc
The Blazers hit 17 of their 31 attempted three-pointers and it killed the Wizards. At one point in the third quarter, they were shooting above 62 percent from outside.
Coming into this game the Wizards were one of the worst teams in defending three-pointers - allowing opponents to hit 37.5 percent of their shots from outside. McCollum and other players took advantage of that poor defense and exposed the Wizards.
Part of this was because the Wizards were trapping - a lot - and couldn't get back to defend the outside in time.
Just awful from the Wizards. POR's guards are way too unselfish to trap. Wall + everyone acted like there were killer sharks in the paint.— Mike Prada (@MikePradaSBN) January 18, 2016
The Blazers used three-point shooting to go on a 17-0 run in the third quarter. As more Blazers' trey's fell, more nails went into the Wizards' coffin.
Another area that proved to be problematic for the Wizards was rebounding. The Blazers grabbed 48 boards while the Wizards had 35. Gortat was the only Wizards player to grab more than five rebounds.
After four straight wins, the Wizards have begun a home stand with back to back losses.