Gerald Wallace walked onto the Rose Garden floor with 4:44 left in the first quarter of the Trail Blazers' game against the Atlanta Hawks to a rowdy and lengthy standing ovation. It was downhill from there.

"The whole night was kind of shaky for me," Wallace said of his debut with the Blazers.

Indeed. Wallace revealed glimpses of the athleticism, power and defense he can add to the Blazers' over the final two months of the season. But, on this night, they were only glimpses.

Wallace finished with nine points, five rebounds, two steals and one blocked shot in 29 minutes Sunday night as the Blazers fell 90-83 to the Hawks. He was cold from the field, making just 4-of-12 shots, and he struggled to work his way into the fabric of a team that has been playing with poise and purpose in recent weeks.

Wallace admitted that he was "nervous" and "jittery" and that he made a concerted effort not to "step on any toes" as he worked his way onto the court with guys he just started calling teammates roughly 72 hours ago. And the byproduct was that Wallace lost his way during his first game in a Blazers uniform.

He seemed to rush or force many of his early shot attempts and Blazers fans were rarely treated with the hard core style that earned Wallace the nickname "Crash" in Charlotte.

To be fair, he was hardly alone. The Blazers trailed by as many as 23 points and shot 19 percent from three-point range on a night in which nothing seemed to be clicking. But after injecting Rip City with a heavy dose of adrenaline for the stretch run, Wallace and the team fell flat in his debut.