Gilbert Arenas once again failed to make good on his vow to get 50 points against the TrailBlazers as recompense for the Team USA snub he suffered in the offseason, partly at the hands of Portland coach Nate McMillan. Even worse for the Wizards, Agent Zero missed a floater in the lane at the end of the game that could have sent it into overtime, and les boulez fell on the road, 100-98.
The Blazers, who held Arenas to 4-of-16 shooting (and 3-of-15 when the teams met last month), were led by LaMarcus Aldridge (25 points, 8 boards) and Brandon Roy (19/12). Sergio Rodriguez, the favorite player of TrueHoop writer/organizer of blogrollnacht Henry Abbott, added 9 points and 9 assists in 22 minutes off the bench.
But at least Arenas relished his role as villain:
He talked back to fans who booed each time he touched the ball, smiling all the while. "It felt great," Arenas said. "The crowd was energized. I've never really been booed like that in my career. The only other time was my first time back at Golden State (his former team). They were loving it more than anybody."…
"I owe somebody 10 bucks," he said. "I bet a fan if I had a chance I would make the last shot."
Now see, that's what the fans want: a player who's willing to gamble with them on his own performance. Maybe if he bet something more in the neighborhood of $20,000, he might have made the shot.