The Stat Line of the Night — 4/12/10 — Marcus Camby
The Portland Trailblazers and the Oklahoma City Thunder both needed to win last night’s matchup. The loser would be relegated to the 8 seed and a first round showdown with the seemingly unbeatable Lakers, while the winner would be the 6 or 7 seed and at least have a shot against Dallas or Denver. With the news that Brandon Roy had a torn meniscus and would miss the rest of the regular season (and possibly the playoffs), things did not look good for the Blazers. At 36 years old, Marcus Camby seemed like an unlikely hero for Portland, but his best game in almost 5 years helped his team to a big win.
Camby led the Blazers to a 103-95 victory with 30 points on an efficient 12-16 shooting. He also hit 6-8 of his free throws. He didn’t just dominate by scoring either. The old man snagged 13 rebounds and had 3 assists, 1 steal and 1 block. This was his highest scoring game since he had 33 points with the Nuggets back in December of 2005.
With Brandon Roy sidelined, it looks like the Blazers may be in some serious trouble heading out on the road in the first round. Even if Roy returns he will not be at full strength. If Camby can keep up this high level of play, they may have a chance to steal a few games, but beating a team like Denver or Dallas will be tough without their star guard. Either way Camby should feel good, and his reward for now is the 6th seed and of course the “Stat Line of the Night”.