Remember last season's trade deadline? Of course you do. Just before it, the Blazers sent Steve Blake and Travis Outlaw and their expiring contracts to the Clippers for center Marcus Camby.

To many, the move saved the Blazers' season as they finished with 50 wins and made the playoffs.

But does anyone remember how Camby's Portland tenure started? It did not go well. He debuted Feb. 19, 2010 at the Rose Garden against Boston. Blazers coach Nate McMillan stuck him in the starting lineup, and Camby had seven rebounds and blocked three shots.

But he also committed five turnovers and shot 1 for 5 from the field in 29 minutes, and the Blazers lost 96-76.

In Camby's second game, at home against Utah, he had 18 rebounds and four blocks, but also shot 1 for 7 and scored two points. And the Blazers lost 93-89.

We bring this up, of course, because last night Gerald Wallace made his Blazers debut and struggled, shooting 4 for 12 from the field and finishing with nine points. Wallace certainly tried to hard to make an impression, but it's tough against the long, athletic Hawks -- the same guys he's been competing against four times a season for years with Charlotte.

Wallace actually had a big hand in the Blazers' late 16-2 run that almost made a game of it. He made a three-pointer, drove for a left-handed layup and corralled an offensive rebound that led to Andre Miller's layup with 2:00 left, which cut Portland's deficit to 82-76.