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Tonight was the annual Wells Fargo Fan Fest, where the Blazers play an intra-squad scrimmage in the Rose Garden.
In a close game, the White team defeated the Black team 79-74. Meyers Leonard was named MVP after tallying 18 points and 12 rebounds. Other stars for the White team were Nicolas Batum (21 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists), Nolan Smith (10 points, 6 assists) and Joel Freeland (12 points, 3 rebounds). White team head coach Kaleb Canales received the biggest ovation of the night.
The Black team was led by JJ Hickson (16 points, 5 rebounds), Wesley Matthews (16 points, 4 assists), Damian Lillard (15 points, 5 assists) and Luke Babbitt (11 points, 5 rebounds).
The highlight of the night: the rookie dance-off, starring Damian Lillard. Video and quotes here.
Here are a few quotes from Blazers Head Coach Terry Stotts, who addressed the crowd in a brief interview before the game:
What's the status of the roster? "The roster decisions will be made next week. Right now the rotation is still uncertain."
His goals for the team? "I want to get better. Since this is such a new team, it's difficult to base anything on what we did last year... Statistically, I've always used team rankings [as a goal] -- being in the top 10 or top 15 in as many statistical categories as possible. once this team establishes an identity, we can put together statistical goals."
Here were the rosters:
Black team: Coached by Jay Triano, David Vanterpool and Dale Osbourne
- Damian Lillard
- Jared Jeffries
- Wesley Matthews
- Sasha Pavlovic
- Coby Karl
- Luke Babbitt
- J.J. Hickson
- Demonte Harper
- Dallas Lauderdale
White team: Coached by Kaleb Canales, Kim Hughes and Michael Peck
- Nolan Smith
- Will Barton
- Adam Morrison
- Justin Holiday
- Meyers Leonard
- LaMarcus Aldridge
- Victor Claver
- Joel Freeland
- Nicolas Batum
The Blazers are back in action as a full unit tomorrow night, facing the Utah Jazz in the Rose Garden. -- Tim (with thanks to Ben for the quotes and details)