Week 6 of the Stock Watch is upon us! LaMarcus Aldridge played out of his mind last week, how did other Blazers do?
Stats are reflected from Monday, December 1st through Sunday, December 7th
[Editor's Note: Because of a family illness issue we got this up a day late. We apologize to Ryan and also remind you that this analysis does not include last night's Blazers-Pistons results. That game will be reflected in next week's stock watch.]
Last Week: 32-70 (45.7%) shooting, 15-19 free throws, 35 rebounds, 4 blocks, 5 turnovers
Stock Watch: WAY UP
Not a bad week for Aldridge. Against New York he recorded his eighth straight double-double, a career-high. Against Denver he hit the 30 point mark for the second time this season, and even assisted on Robin Lopez's winning shot. He is well above his career average of 8.2 rebounds per game with 9.9, a lone 0.1 away from being one of the eight players in the NBA to average double figures in points and rebounds. As a result of his stellar play, he was named on Monday as the Western Conference Player of the Week, joining Damian Lillard as Blazers winners this season.
Last Week: 16-40 (40%) shooting, 4-21 Threes, 4 rebounds, 6 steals, 4 turnovers
Stock Watch: DOWN
New York seemed to be the cure for Matthews' troubles last week. After shooting the lights out from behind the arc the previous week, Wesley hit just one of fifteen threes last week before coming alive in the fourth quarter versus the Knicks. Even outside the final period, in which Matthews scored 10 to help Portland in the win, Matthews played his best defense of the week, recording three steals, and even picked up three assists when his shots were not falling.
Last Week: 8-15 (53.3%) shooting, 4-10 Threes, 10 rebounds, 13 assists, 4 turnovers in 68 minutes
Stock Watch: UP
The crafty veteran just keep finding ways to get things done. Versus Denver he shot a perfect 5-of-5, including 3-of-3 for a season-high 13 points. When his shots did not fall against New York, he grabbed five rebounds and had six assists. His leadership of the second unit and willingness to do whatever it takes to help the team win are a big reason for the bench's improvement this season. Blake's attitude is also a huge factor, refusing to back down to larger players and bringing intensity.
Last Week: 4-10 (40%) shooting, 1-4 Threes, 4 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 turnover in 48 minutes
Stock Watch: NO CHANGE
Crabbe had a mixed week, with a solid game against Indiana, a poor showing versus Denver, and an up-and-down game versus New York. Fouls essentially eliminated him as a factor against the Nuggets, though at least two of the calls could have gone either way. Against the Knicks, he replaced Nicolas Batum when Batum hurt an ankle, and Carmelo Anthony took immediate advantage of the second-year player. Crabbe would get revenge later with a mammoth block of a shot by J.R. Smith which Blake caught and threw down to Crabbe in one motion for the easy layup. The Pacers got to see what Crabbe can do at his best, with the former Golden Bear recording three steals and scoring six points.
Last Week: 8-20 (40%) shooting, 2-2 free throws, 12 rebounds, 1 block, 4 turnovers in 52 minutes
Stock Watch: NO CHANGE
Kaman's shot blocking has come back down to earthly levels, but he is still performing as the best scorer off the bench. The issue is that a 40% shooting week from a center is a lot different from a 40% shooting week from a ranged shooter. Kaman's shots have been good looks, but simply have not found the bottom of the net. He had a solid all-around game versus Indiana with six points, seven rebounds, and a season-high four assists, and is bringing a consistent scoring and rebounding threat every game.