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Oct 27

Back to back? No Worries.

By mikebarrett
The back-to-back set.  It's one of the tougher situations the NBA schedule makers can throw at you.  But, for the Trail Blazers, two games in two nights hasn't been a scary situation.  Last season they led the NBA with a 15-4 record in the second of back to backs.  They didn't have to wait long to get their first such test this season.  And, they just passed it.

They've also been considered a very good fourth-quarter team the last couple of seasons.  Through two games this season, it's been more of the same.  On Tuesday night the Trail Blazers stepped on the gas in the late stages of their game against the Phoenix Suns, outscoring them 31-11 on their way to a 106-92 victory.  That included an 18-1 run to end the game. 

On Wednesday night, the Blazers also came to the final quarter trailing.  But again, were able to rip off an impressive run and bury their opponent.  This time it was a 15-0 run in the fourth that did the trick.  They beat the L.A. Clippers 98-88, ruining their opening-night celebration.  That's two games, two wins, and a combined score of 59-28 in the fourth quarters.

This victory took a balanced attack in the final quarter, as all five starters posted impressive numbers.   Brandon Roy once again led the team with 22 points, and also grabbed 10 rebounds.  He was one of three starters who recorded double-doubles.  LaMarcus Aldridge, after a tough first half, rallied for 19 points and 10 rebounds.  And, Marcus Camby, who was probably the MVP of this game, had 11 points, 14 rebounds, and 3 blocked shots.

When you can struggle from the field, shooting just 41 percent, and win, on the road, you take it and run to the airport.  Only this time, we ran to the hotel.  Thursday morning we'll fly to New York where they road trip resumes on Saturday night when they will be a part of another team's home opener.

Even though Camby will grab the headlines in this game, Roy is the guy who gave the Blazers control, and gave them a five-point halftime lead.  Brandon had 18 of his 22 points in the first half, and absolutely took over the game in the second quarter.

Another bright spot was again rebounding.  Portland, as expected, drilled Phoenix on the backboards to the tune of 48-30 on Tuesday night.  In this game, the Clippers stayed in the game early by taking the early advantage in the rebounding department.  But, the Blazers eventually took control of that catagory too, and ended outrebounding the Clippers 51-41.

And, while we're handing out praise, Nate McMillan deserves a mention.  He went to a zone defense in the fourth quarter that turned things around. 

This trip only gets tougher now, as the Knicks, led by Amare Stoudemire, won their opener in Toronto and will return home feeling good.  The Bulls are expected to be one of the elites in the east, and Milwaukee wants to build on last year's terrific second half of the season.

But, for Portland, that's two up and two down, and reason to feel confident heading into game three of the season.


106 Comments

  1. wow

    with about 8min left the starters come back in, and it is game over, 20-9 blazers to end the game.

    from that point the clips only had 2 field goals, one of which was in garbage time in the last minute.

    camby had the big block, and lamarcus hit the floor to secure possession with about 6min.

    coach called the zone against the clips, and put wesley on nash the night before. excellent coaching.

    things are looking good!

    by reverse on 10/27/2010 11:27 PM
  2. Nice start to the season!

    by RedRudy5 on 10/27/2010 11:29 PM
  3. Great win for us. It's always nice to get the first two games of the seasons. Hopefully we can keep it going and keep that loss column nice and round :-).

    It's good to see LaMarcus have a good game - did he not get double-teamed this time around? Gosh, just have to LOVE Camby - a great game!

    Thanks for the quick post Mike.

    Beat the Knicks!

    by Anees on 10/27/2010 11:35 PM
  4. random notes

    the espn broadcast was hilarious. the blake griffin lovefest took precedent over the fact that the blazers won handily. blake griffin was the real winner...

    does baron davis really have a gut going on there? it kills me when those $10+mil a year guys can't be bothered to stay in decent shape.

    i hope the rookies don't have too much fun going from LA to NY on their first road trip with those extra days mixed in there. stay out of trouble guys!

    by reverse on 10/27/2010 11:36 PM
  5. here's to hoping that the blazers send an all out attack at the knicks on saturday. there is no shot blocker on that team. their rookie center timofey mozgov had 4 fouls in 7min against the raptors tonight. take it to the hoop and foul amar'e out!

    further running down portland's next opponents, someone will have to explain to me how keith bogans started at shooting guard for the bulls and played 36min while kyle korver and ronnie brewer combined to play 31min. their new coach tom thibodeau can leave that line-up as is until monday night.

    by reverse on 10/27/2010 11:52 PM
  6. I almost screamed like a little girl when Brandon hit back to back Buzzer beaters.

    Great win. Much can be said about this game, as it was frustrating, but like last night I had this sense of feeling we were going to win, and we did. After seeing the zone defense I mentioned "this is the part where the Blazers take command and finishing it. This happens when an elite team is competing against a non contender".

    I'm going to go back to my former self and say the two major reasons this game was annoying. First, I don't have CSN, so I had to watch it on ESPN3 online. Hubbie Brown has lost all my respect. He talked about the Heat, the Lakers, the Clippers, Blake Griffin, even heard him mention the Cavs. Not once did he mention a single thing about the Blazers unless his partner asked him a question. Hubbie also lost my respect when he said OKC was a better team than Portland. Get real. Anyone that thinks OKC is better than Portland doesn't know basketball at all.

    Second, well, they weren't so bad, but after the 2009 series against the Rockets, I do not like Monty Muchuchen (spellcheck?). I didn't like him in this game either. Calls through out the game were being called on one side of the floor and not on the other.

    And lastly, I'd like to raise my hand and put up one finger to the NBA and it's new tech rule. Guess why and guess which finger. It's a bunch of crap, and is full of hypocrisy. Basketball is a game that feeds off emotion. When players can't show the emotion, you're taking away an aspect of the game. What Armon, Andre, LMA, and Gordon did was not offensive to anyone by any means and it's simply a reason for the NBA to steal the players money because the player organization refused to receive 40% less profit. It's not respect for the game, it's a way to hide their thieving hands.

    Oh well, 2-0, Blazers are the top team in the NBA right now.

    by Herr on 10/28/2010 12:08 AM
  7. I'd like to add that I see LMA playing a very physical and strong game against the Knicks. Armon should get some minutes too because Falton has been playing well.

    Two nights without Blazer basketball? Hard to believe I waited 6 months, because I want to see some more road wins.

    by Herr on 10/28/2010 12:11 AM
  8. @Herr: I'm not happy to hear about Hubie not even talking about us - he is(was) my favorite commentator, as the others just seem like kiss-ups or just not interesting, because Hubie knows the ins and outs of the game. That really sucks.

    As far as OKC, I like their game and games against have been (end of last season, that huge win against them) and will be entertaining and big in terms of playoff seeding, but yeah, we are by far the better team, but they will be there in the years to come. They did give LAL a good fight in the 1st Rd last year.

    by Anees on 10/28/2010 1:20 AM
  9. HEY ESPN....Clipper me this, and Clipper me that.
    Who's afraid of the red, white and black!

    by Tobyus Sanchezo on 10/28/2010 1:34 AM
  10. Our starters looked more cohesive this game. I was glad to see that. Batum is quietly getting the job done but it isn't going unnoticed. I see us getting better and better. I have a much better feeling about this team at this point than last year but of course the start of last year was again much tougher opponents. Two wins is good for the o'l confidence.

    I'm not sure how I feel about the new technical rules. It does seem to take some of the emotion away but at the same time the theatrics on the court before the new change was out of control. I think I like the change and the players will get use to it.

    Keep up the good work Blazers!

    by thedanman on 10/28/2010 2:25 AM
  11. This was a great win, I thought both teams did a good job, but of course the best team usually wins.

    I am getting the hang of BB to the point that I knew if we were any where close to them in points around the 6 minute mark that they were in deep doggie doo. Maybe from five hundreddogs.

    Griffin did play good and he will be a great NBA player.

    Hi THEDANMAN: I think I would be OK with the new technical foul rule if all the refs called it the same or if the refs would call it equal against all teams. ESPN announcers said they didn't call the T against the Lakers and they were mouthing off much worse then we were.

    by Hg on 10/28/2010 3:15 AM
  12. Well, this was a tester.

    First of all,Blake Griffin is, officially.... A Beast. his breaking out party was a highlight reel of power slams.
    However ,that wasn't enough.
    Camby, what more can I say.Carried us early defended our lane late. Marcus Camby .....Clap- Clap-Clap Clap Clap.Last night ,it was funny ,I was on Blazer chat and it said ,"pick tonights high scorer"I picked Nic.I didn't even know CAMBY was an option.

    Nonetheless,5 starters in double figures,three with a double-doub.that's production ,baybee.And we outrebounded them by ten.
    Once again we rebounded well from other positions besides the 5.
    Herr......The new tech rule is annoying.And I thought that this rule would affect us the least,because we don't whine about calls, as a rule.I just hope they call it the same for Kobe,Lebron ,a quintessential whiner,Tim Duncan.
    So,I will adopt a wait and see approach on this one because I am hoping it will calm down as the season goes on.

    Oh yeah,Nicolas Batum — 6-7 FGM-A, 3-4 3PM-A, 6 REB, 3 AST, 2 STL, 2 BLK, 0 TO. If he keeps up playing like this on the boards and as a scorer,with his stellar defense,can you say"ALL STAR".

    Also,the next two are not gimmes either.both teams are up and coming, and hungry.so we will be tested.BUT.......I still say 4-0.Call me an optimist.

    OMG, I have to wait till Saturday,What am I to do?

    Toodles,the Vinster.

    BLAZERSRRRRROOOOOOOOOOOCK

    by DowntownVinnie on 10/28/2010 6:37 AM
  13. I didn't want dre to get overshadowed.but he is an "under the radar" kind of person.
    http://beyondthebeat.net/20101028614/2010-articles/october/a-year-later-andre-miller-settling-in-with-portland.html

    by DowntownVinnie on 10/28/2010 6:43 AM
  14. Drama ? Interesting story.

    http://hoopshype.com/rumors.htm

    by DowntownVinnie on 10/28/2010 6:45 AM
  15. another nice piece by Casey.
    http://www.iamatrailblazersfan.com/BroadcasterProfile/BroadcasterBlog/tabid/188/EntryID/1162/BroadcasterID/4/Default.aspx

    by DowntownVinnie on 10/28/2010 6:57 AM
  16. Aldrige for 3!!!!!!...great game for us last night. Brandon has been looking like an all-star and so is nico, im really impressed by a.j. but not too suprised i've noticed his hunger since day 1, marcus is deffinately the DON! all in all we are playing team basketball and more importantly team defense! lets smash the knickerbockers....haha

    by B.O.B on 10/28/2010 7:18 AM
  17. when we were down by one at the end of the third, i was not worried. when we were down 84-80, i was not concerned. we have the talent ans experience to deal with these situations. for a while, it seemed as the clippers couldn't miss a shot and we couldn't make one. then, suddenly, that completely changed on both ends. i think it's very important for us to be able to close things out in the fourth, which we've done well these first two games.

    my game ball goes to Marcus, but there are several other guys in there who deserve mention. Marcus was all over. it's hard to believe he's 36. the statline is only a minor indicator of what Marcus brought to the team last night. at one point i remember Kaman making a move and failing. the espn guys remarked that Marcus knew all of Kaman's moves so that wasn't going to work. it's Marcus' effort which is really the key for us. he's led the nba in blocks three times ... i say how about one more?

    i believe it was Herr who mentioned that Nicolas is enough under the radar to make a great impact, yet still being noticed. 15 pts and 6 boards, 3 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 6-7 fg, 3-4 3pt. i think he earned himself a new beret!

    Brandon set a very nice tone for us in the first half, and LaMarcus took that mantle in the second -- and he even went inside several times which should make some skeptics happy. i thought Andre played a level, intelligent game with distribution and scoring when needed, while limiting turnovers.

    frankly, i think our bench could have done a lot more. Rudy was hustling pretty well, but Wesley just wasn't on his game last night (yes, there was hustle, but woeful shooting). gotta give some props to Fabricio. 10 minutes, 3 pts (1-1 fg), 3 rebounds and nice presence inside.

    just a couple of other things:

    * the blazers have five double-doubles in two games (Marcus with two of them).

    * we've definitely got the rebound thing going, through two games we're outrebounding opponents 49.5 to 35.5.

    * you know you're playing in l.a. when three guys get T's for complaining, but the biggest complaint of all -- from Kaman -- went unnoticed. i'm just sayin'.

    * if the playoffs begain at this instant, the blazers would be the numger one seed in the entire nba.

    * Griffin will be a star in this league.

    * portland has already won 4.3 percent of what Mike Rice predicted for total wins this season.

    this first two games has been well worth the wait!

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 10/28/2010 7:19 AM
  18. There was something that caught my eye that I haven't seen since the days of Jerome Kersey. The other team goes in for a break-away slam dunk, only to serve up a highlight reel for the other team. Somebody forgot to tell the Clippers that our man Batum can stretch like Gumby. It's also nice to see that the "Sulking Spaniard" is staying true to his word and giving a real effort to make the team better. Hold onto that jersey Vinnie, it might be worth 50 cents on the dollar one day. And in today's stock market, that's a good investment! Besides, for what you paid for it, you could feed a starving child in Slomania. Yes, Slomania is a country damn it.

    by Phi Slamma on 10/28/2010 7:47 AM
  19. A word on Wesley Matthews...

    Going into this season, there's going to be a lot of pressure on our latest acquisition, and for good reason--that contract demands production. All the same, I encourage fans to temper their expectations. He's not the savior, and the fate of the team doesn't rise and fall with his point total. It's defense that he was hired for, and everything else is icing on the cake. However, even that icing stands in the shadow of one solid fact: Matthews is a Sophomore.

    So whether your expectations are shy high, or rock bottom, I think it's important to remember that Wesley is in the same boat Jerry was last season; the only difference being a paycheck. I want more out of Matthews than we got out of Bayless, but the fact remains: he's a 2nd year player in this league. I think it will be a fantastic 2nd year, but it will be a 2nd year all the same.

    (This wasn't in reference to any ongoing discussions on this site.)

    by 500Dogs on 10/28/2010 8:35 AM
  20. Slomania is only a country in your mind, Phi...

    I'm sure it's a wonderful land where the rivers flow in torrents of porter with creamy stout eddies, and the mountains are cut from dark chocolate and dusted with whipped cream snow. All laws have been abolished and the decorative cops are spun from the sweetest of taffies.

    If I ever awake in Slomania, I'll know I was dosed.

    by 500Dogs on 10/28/2010 8:40 AM
  21. No fear on the road or of back to backs !!
    Bring on the Knicks !!
    Great coaching job in the second half, to adjust when Griffin was killing us.
    I <3 the 10 man rotation, this is a marathon, not a sprint....
    Griffin and Kaman are a good to test of bigs to outrebound.
    National media can keep sleeping on the Blazers all they want.
    Adding a healthy Joel makes this team deadly :)
    Go Blazers !!!!

    by Kim~ on 10/28/2010 8:43 AM
  22. Anyone heard of the Kardiac Kids?

    Anyone want to question the Outlaw-Blake for Camby trade?

    by Ancientone on 10/28/2010 8:49 AM
  23. I don't like Roy playing the most mins, I'm not surprise, but I don't want him to wear out. Really shows that it was wise to cruise during the preseason so he can have it for the regular season when it counts and when he's going to get heavy mins.

    by mgb on 10/28/2010 8:50 AM
  24. My favorite moment of the game was Lamarcus' 3.....I was like, OMG, Lamarcus doesn't shoot the THREE?!?!?! Then he did. His face going to the bench said it all :)

    Have I mentioned latley how much I love Brandon Roy? I especially like it when he puts on a beastly effort when he's on national television, so wider NBA fans are reminded of why he's ranked where he is. It was certainly unusual to see Roy take over in the SECOND qtr, and NOT the FOURTH, but man, I have to say...it was really nice to see him do it when we NEEDED it. It also serves as a reminder that he is consciously setting his ability to completely carry the team aside at times, in order to creat team ball. Monta Ellis had a PHENOMENAL night last night in GSW's win over Houston (yay!!!), which is really fun to see and hear about, but that's not going to happen all that often. Better to have a well-rounded team, whose starters get it done as a whole, than trying to rely on one or two scorers to make it. Kudos to Brandon, and Coach Nate, for seeing that. One more thing on this topic...the ISO in the 2nd was SO noticeable that it reaffirmed to me the Blazer ARE doing things different offensively :)

    Nico was so good last night, AGAIN, and he is going to quickly make himself known to the wider NBA audience if he keeps it up. The league already respects him, but in order to be an All-Star, he is going to have get that wider recognition. I think he will in time, but I am not convinced it will be this year. There are a lot of SFs out there, with Melo and Kevin Durant being virtual guarantees. Honestly, I think Lamarcus would have a better shot, simply because he has slightly less formidable competition and is already on the voter's radar.

    Wesley who? Wow, he totally disappeared on one side of the court in this game. Almost completely ineffective offensively, though he managed to bring it defensively. Kinda disappointing, but I will not judge him on this single performance.

    Rudy is starting to grow on me again :)

    I called Oberto "a body". Let me just say now, I was mildly off the mark. He's better than I expected and I am glad we have him as insurance for now.

    Overall though, our bench STUNK IT UP! Glad they played so well Tuesday, else our Starters might not have had the gas to get it done.

    Oh, I always worry...every time we are down by even 2 points, I worry. I get this deep sinking feeling, even when I am convinced we are going to win. It's part of why I love that we tend to be a come-from-behind team, because when we come back and win it, I am THRILLED. But I always expect the worst...it helps with the disappointment thing :)

    Coach Nate and his zone, in the first to deal with Griffin (which worked btw, ESPN commentators be damned!), and then later to deal with the Gordon, shows his ability to actually make in-game decisions, something most of his critics are fond of saying he does not do. Two nights, two impactful coaching decisions defensively that help turn the tide. That's a good coach and you just can't argue with it.

    I like the new technical foul rule, for the most part. I will especially like it if it is put to task on players like Kobe and Paul Pierce. I did note that Melo got one last night for being demonstrative, and I saw some in the Laker/Houston game too....or was it the Boston/Miami game? Anyway, I think in the long run, it will help with the ridiculous outbursts some players have. Yes, I agree that what was called last night was pretty minor stuff, but they are trying to set the tone I think. And yes, they let Kaman get away with his, I know. As Blazer fans, who tend to do a lot of complaining about foul calls in general, we are probably going to find this one harder to swallow than some fan bases, but we are just going to have to do it.

    Fortunately for me, I will not be without BB for two days, as my East Coast favs are opening tonight (GO MAGIC!), and the Utah game is being televised nationally (know thine enemy, right?). Tomorrow, Orlando and Miami play on ESPN....and that should be a game to watch, even if you don't like either team. I predict the Magic will be 2-0 by Friday evening :) Plus Boston plays again, and I will be looking for them to redeem themselves from losing to Cleveland, though I must say, it was nice to see the Cavs win their first game without Lebron. I think the Clipper/Warrior match-up will be pretty good too, something I plan to watch via the free preview of NBA league pass :)

    Oh, I almost forgot...the Thunder. Yeah, um, they looked really, really, really dang good. And they were playing against the Bulls, not exactly pushovers. In fact, the game was tight from the first minute and the Thunder only pulled away in the last few minutes of the game. But, yes, they are looking straight beasty. I saw no signs of the sophomore slump I have been predicting so....all those "experts" may be right after all, though one game is not nearly enough to judge in most cases. I am not saying they are better than us, just that they may be a seriously legit opponent. I have to admit, they are super fun to watch too.

    Man, i am really glad Vinnie, 500, travisd, and Kassandra all make book-length posts, too :) Btw Kassandra, I like your persistant dig at the Wild One...he so deserves it with that pessimistic prediction he made.

    by EowynAmarie on 10/28/2010 9:09 AM
  25. Eowyn,

    When LA hit that three I was like 'nooooooooooooo,,,,YESSSSSS!!!'. :)

    I also liked how happy Rudy was for LA when he went back to the bench.

    I posted just before the game my concern that our bench wouldn't do as well on the road and unfortunately that is exactly what happen. Hopefully this won't be the case the rest of the road trip.

    by mgb on 10/28/2010 9:34 AM
  26. I disagree about the Thunder EA.

    I watched the last few minutes and saw Durant and Westbrooke getting the whistle in their favor a lot. Also, the Bulls simply choked under the pressure. They took early shots, played lousy defense, and couldn't make a play at all. Of course you could credit the Thunder, but then again, 47 free throws to 22? I'd be a bit ticked off if I was a Bulls fan, and I was a little bit upset that I once saw the Blazers with only 9 free throw attempts and the Clippers with 22. Point being, the refs are going to let OKC get through this season with the whistle in their favor.

    by Herr on 10/28/2010 9:58 AM
  27. 500 Dogs: You've been watching too many reruns of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" my friend (although Slomania does sport the largest OOmpa Loompa population in the world). Admittedly, the laws there are a little laxed. The last time I was pulled over for speeding on my yak, I couldn't help but notice that all the cops there dress like Freddie Mercury. It's hard to keep a straight face when you're being chastised by some guy in a black leather bikini. Ah Slomania, Slomania, the land that I love. On another note, albeit a sour one, I know that Lamarcus is trying to go with a more menacing look with the beard and all, but to me, he just looks like a black amish misfit. Get that man a top hat and turn him loose.

    by Phi Slamma on 10/28/2010 11:01 AM
  28. Eawyn Amarie:

    A very well written article, I agree that the Thunder is good and will be rough to contend with, but of course coming from a homer, you know Portland is better. I also agree with Herr, that the Thunders were having home court advantage by the refs. We play Chicago Monday at their house and that will be worrisome to me. But first let’s deal with the Knicks that may be better then given credit for.

    I like your prediction on the Magic, although I remember you are a magic fan so you may be somewhat bias. I will be rooting with you on this one against the Heats.

    Remember Nate coached Gordon in the World's so he had the inside track, but that doesn't mean Nate didn't do a terrific job.

    I am glad you write novels in your post also, I was the original poster that Ancientone wrote about having to make so many trips to the refrigerator to have a sandwich; of course now he has changed to cookies and milk; I think to spite Kassandra's yogurt diet; yogurt Yuck.

    I wasn't disappointed in Matthews, I am in 500dogs camp, he was hired for his defense and everything else is gravy.

    I read an article on BRoy; I do not remember what webpage I was on since I go everywhere I can to read up on the Blazers. The article said that BRoy by his choice or the Blazers choice is holding back from driving and dunking until later in the year for safeguarding. I can surely understand their apprehension after last year, but do you supposed they are being overly cautious on all the players?

    Great article and I enjoy reading your well thought educated analysis.

    Thank you

    Hg

    by Hg on 10/28/2010 11:13 AM
  29. mgb, EowynAmarie: i'd totally forgotten about LaMarcus' trey! doesn't htat make him 1.000 percent on the season from 3-point land? i'm totally liking that, almost as much as Brandon's first and second quarter buzzer beaters. yep, LaMarcus with a three-ball -- and people complain about him shooting from outside! lol

    hg: yogurt is just a snack, not the complete diet. fruits and veggies are a big part of it (along with chicken and occasional beef). as for the game; i think we showed a lot last night in not letting the clippers get on a roll and using timeouts to stop their momentum. had they hit a couple more baskets, we would have been down by eight or 10 and we may not have been able to come back like we did. if Wesley was only hired for his defense, then he shouldn't have been shooting like he was. it's performances like this which make me remain skeptical.

    all: these first two games have me even more excited about the season than i was on opening night. there just seems to be something in the air. oh, dormmate update: she said she'll follow the blazers at least all year if i make her a meatloaf, which i did last night. now i've got an RA to convert (yep, one californian at a time!).

    GO BLAZERS! NIX THE KNICKS!

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 10/28/2010 11:48 AM
  30. EowynAmarie:

    Brandon may have his critics, but i'm definitely not one of them. i love his game and love how it really comes naturally to him. he was very active last night, which was nice to see, especially when he snagged his 10 rebounds. i don't remember where i read this -- it was on this site somewhere -- but someone voiced their concern that Brandon played so many minutes. i'm not worried about that because there are games where Wesley and Rudy will pick up the slack and Brandon won't be needed for those extra 2-4 minutes (or more) which he played last night.

    Nicolas ... well, what else can be said. he's grown, matured and taking full advantage of his opportunities. Marcus is playing like a 30-year-old. Rudy seems to have some respect in the locker room, so he's growing on me as well.

    i'm in the same boat as you when it comes to Fabricio. he's doing what is asked of him, plain and simple. he also did a nice job of putting himself in the right position for that put back. so he had three fouls ... that's kind of his job, as i see it. besides, he's kind of cute.

    i have two concerns on this technical rule. the first is that it must apply to everyone, meaning the superstars are susceptible to the penalties, as well as the every day player. the second is the potential for this to be perverted. Armon's two arms in the air ... seriously, is that actually worth of this rule? i'm rarely against a rule change provided it meets those criteria. this rule and how it's called are still in their infancy stages, so i'll wait a bit before i make a serious judgement on it.

    finally, i love Mike Rice and there's no doubt in my mind that he'd like to see us win more than 47 games. however, he did make that prediction, so ...

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 10/28/2010 12:09 PM
  31. No mention of Batum? He had another killer line 15 pts (6-7 fg 3-4 from 3 pt line), 6 boards, 2 blocks, 2 steals, 3 assists in 32 minutes and continues to be a supercharged version of his effective but understated self from last year. I hope he continues to stay aggressive and remains as involved in the offense as his seems to be right now. If he does he could be in the running for the most-improved-player award this year.

    by airwolfe on 10/28/2010 12:18 PM
  32. Kassandra:

    I went from 225 to 180 on the Atkins diet; you may have a rough time convincing me your diet works for me. I don't believe in ONE DIET FITS ALL. I do eat low index veggies and an apple a day to keep that Ancientone away. Oops that was supposed to be Dr wasn't it. Ancientone was the one that said he switched to cookies and milk but didn't think you would approve. I just had to tease a bit.

    I can not argue with you about Wesley, in fact I took your thoughts on that as to wait and see. He did play good D last night and Nate tells all his players if you are the open man you have to take the shot, so on that part I disagree with you. Look at all the shots Martell and Rudy missed last year, And of course Steve and Travis. That is Nate’s style of play. Inside out so the shooters has to shoot. My thoughts on that is live by the outside jumper die by the outside jumper or the 3 ball.

    How are you doing in college? I am sure you are doing well. I got my associates degree when I was 63 with a lessening brain, so I am sure with your smarts that you will do great. I still think you should get a job as a sideline reporter, but what do I know.

    Thank you for responding

    Hg

    by Hg on 10/28/2010 12:23 PM
  33. OFF TOPIC!!! Read at your own peril.

    Hg,
    The man behind the Atkin's diet died of a heart attack. That's right up there with the Segway dude biting it on his dorky ride. You're right; there isn't one diet for everybody. One of my coworkers just took one of those food allergy tests, and found that she's allergic to all things that are good. We're talking gluten, sugar, corn and dairy.

    Now I don't know if y'all pay too much attention to the ingredients of your food, but corn is everywhere in some form or another. Add in gluten and you can kiss everything from pizza to burgers goodbye. Dairy? Why even get up in the morning if you don't have cheese to look forward to? These allergies of hers mean no beer either... I'll write that again: no beer.

    I feel like I've probably got some undiagnosed food allergies, but I don't want to know what they are. I'm afraid of what the doc will say. If I got a sentence like my coworker has, I don't know if I could make it out there. I'd probably just pull up the roots and make for Slomania, where there are no allergies, just an endless springtime of vodka monsoons.

    by 500Dogs on 10/28/2010 1:40 PM
  34. The new technical rules will hopefully stop the attempts to intimidate the officials ala Garnet and Jackson. Gentry really worked the officials against us in the playoffs last year. I'd rather have this touchy feely response than games determined by officials who change the slant of their calls by the loudest most obnoxious player of coach.
    Good evaluations in most of the tomes that were well worth the roast beef sandwich, two cookies, a glass of milk, and a bowl of butter pecan ice cream. Yes I can still walk and Kassandra maybe next time I'll try yogurt. Maybe not.

    by Ancientone on 10/28/2010 2:58 PM
  35. 500Dogs:

    Dr Atkins slipped on some ice leaving his office and hit his head and was put into a comma. then later died.

    Small world, I am allergic to many of the things you mentioned and or I have a carbohydrate intolerance which is a low grade diabetic. and I can't have diary product either because of the sugar in the milk.

    If I eat fat, protein and little carbohydrates I stay slim and trim if I go on the famous pyramid diet as I did I get fat as a butter ball. guess which one I will stay on. The pyramid diet is terrific if you run a lot play BB or some of the other strenuous exercises, but all Americana's can't or don't want to do that and therefore they have to almost starve to stop from gaining wt. Before my two knee replacements and recovering from my illnesses I was laid up for quite some time and the fat came in daily doses, until I switched to the Atkins diet that I researched in college and had a web page on on going diets. I found that Dr. Atkins and the blood diet suited me best--of course I don't always do what I am supposed to do, I am like Antientone I love my cookies or doughnuts and milk then pay for it for two or three days.

    Dr Atkins got a lot of bad publicity, because he was an obnoxious person and the food manufacturers would go broke if the Americans followed his diet. Plus the Berkeley bunch would scream if we all started eating fat.

    opps go Blazers

    by Hg on 10/28/2010 3:28 PM
  36. Hg,

    Kassandra diet does sound like a low carb diet pretty much.

    You don't like yogurt?!? Man, give me some yoplait lite any time of the day!!

    Zac,

    There has been a lot of mentioning of Batum, read all the comments. He does have a good change for MIP and being in the all star game!

    by mgb on 10/28/2010 4:30 PM
  37. GO BLAZERS!!!

    by briantheblazerfan on 10/28/2010 4:33 PM
  38. Hg,

    Get your facts straight! :)

    ********************
    In 2000, Dr. Atkins developed cardiomyopathy, an incurable heart condition which has quite a few different causes. His was thought to be from a viral illness, and his physician stated at the time that there was no evidence that his diet contributed to the condition. His coronary arteries were reported to have been checked at that time and found to be free of blockages.
    Cardiomyopathy makes it more likely that a person will have a cardiac arrest (heart stopping), which happened to him two years later. Again, the cardiac arrest was not thought to be diet related. His cardiologist stated that (other than the cardiomyopathy), Atkins had "an extraordinarily healthy cardiovascular system".
    **********************

    News report about that incident.

    http://archives.cnn.com/2002/HEALTH/diet.fitness/04/25/atkins.diet/index.html

    Link to the part I posted:

    http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/atkinsdiet/a/dratkinsdeath.htm

    by mgb on 10/28/2010 4:38 PM
  39. 500dogs, I stand corrected and thank you for giving me the link to the facts. The study I did in college reported that he had slipped on ice and bumped his head and went into a comma.
    A doctor for one of the food manufacturers said when he died he was terribly obest. this outraged his wife to know end and said that his body was swelling because of near death for so long and not because of obesity. That was the report I got. But you know the Intenet.

    I thank you sir for giving me the straight facts. I know for a fact that the diet works, and I went on it after I had my heart attack and lost wt and my two remaining blocked arteries has improved. Of course I still have that dead spot in my heart, but I feel no effect from the other two arteries. My heart Dr. on my last uranium stress test told me he didn't care what it was I was doing, but just keep it up.

    by Hg on 10/28/2010 6:07 PM
  40. Errr, I'm mgb, not 500dogs. heh

    by mgb on 10/28/2010 6:44 PM
  41. Over at ripcity2.com there is a thread asking what we'll do in the next ten games.

    @New York
    @Chicago
    @Milwaukee
    vs OKC
    vs Toronto
    @ Lakers
    vs Detroit
    @ OKC
    @ New Orleans
    @ Memphis

    I say 10-0 which will put us at 12-0.

    How does everyone else think we'll do in the next 10 games?

    Btw, here's a link to the thread:

    http://sportstwo.com/threads/173153-Next-10

    by mgb on 10/28/2010 6:50 PM
  42. Hey Kassandra! Great observations! I love your pic! You're really cute. So tell me. If we get Priz back in a couple of weeks and Oden back the 1st of December. How many wins do you think we'll have this regular season? I think these guys are playing like a real team. No ego's on this team. I say 60 wins!

    by Gavinfan on 10/28/2010 7:07 PM
  43. MGB:

    I am sorry my friend; my first post was to 500 dogs and I just assumed that it was him that answered. I should have looked.

    Nwo to you I think you for the correct update.

    by Hg on 10/28/2010 7:25 PM
  44. jeez guys, it's not so much a diet as stuff i buy when i go to the store. i've just never been a chips or sweets girl (except for chocolate, of course).

    mgb: i love yogurt, which remings me; i need to buy some more.

    hg: college is great. i had my last mid-term today and i've pretty pleased with all of my mid-terms. no reporting -- civil lititigation

    Zac: a lot of us have talked about Nicolas; you'll probably find more of those in the game comments higher up the page

    Gavinfan: a couple of days ago i made the prediction that we'll win 55 games this season. i factored Joel and Greg's returns into that.

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 10/28/2010 7:26 PM
  45. We should have a Kassandra section:).

    by LTG on 10/28/2010 7:36 PM
  46. mgb: okay, i'll bite:

    @New York - W
    @Chicago - L
    @Milwaukee - W
    vs OKC - W
    vs Toronto - W
    @ Lakers - W
    vs Detroit - W
    @ OKC - L
    @ New Orleans - W
    @ Memphis - W

    we CAN win all of those games, but that's a tall order. we WILL beat the lakers because we'll be up for that one. the loss at the thunder will be a surprise, but we'll end up winning the final two against them later on in the season.

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 10/28/2010 7:53 PM
  47. I don't want to dampen anyone's enthusiasm but if Chris Kamen has even an average shooting night, the Clips game goes down to the wire. He missed at least 8 shots he normally makes. We still have the same problem on defense that has plagued the Blazers for many years now: allowing too many easy baskets! Great defense finally came in the 4th quarter but waiting that long is not always going to work out as well.

    Batman is on his way to the All Star game. The guy is a natural.

    The Armonizer is on his way to playing 24 minutes a game by mid-season. He's a natural PG and a much better fit than Bayless. When he gets his sea legs, watch out NBA!

    Blake Griffin -- what can we say? Might be the most natural of them all. A lot like the Warriors' Lee but stronger and quicker.

    don








































































    --
    don

    by dgpdx on 10/28/2010 8:09 PM
  48. more rundown on the players performances

    b-roy- i love the way he's getting his, low degree of difficulty. saving the high wire stuff for april and may is wicked smart.

    andre- playing like a vet should, solid. he's above the 3 to 1 asst/t.o. ratio for the first 2 games

    nic- showing he's a future all-star, money on open shots and the boards. about the time the other team forgets about him, he makes them pay.

    lamarcus- filling his role, if he stays around 9.5rebs we'll all love it. also, he showed some dream-shake like moves in the 4th against the clips, and he's money from the land of 3.

    camby- drives the lane like a 2 guard, defends the lane like a 5 is there anyone else in the league that can make this claim?

    rudy, wesley, dante and armon- energy, defense and shooting from the bench. what else could we ask for except an unexpected surprise in the form of...

    oberto- in the right spots and laying a few rib shakers on the opposition before going through a single practice. coach nate clearly remembers his skills/strenghts from his days on the spurs. the pressure is off of joel and greg to rush back. oh boy! oberto!

    by reverse on 10/28/2010 10:14 PM
  49. hg: i agree, the calls need to be even on both sides regarding the technicals.

    kassandra: you always have good analysis but your skeptisism on wesley needs to be tuned down. all players are gonna have bad shooting nights but that doesn't mean stop shooting. i agree with hg, take the open shot if it's there. i'm just happy to see him playing tough tough D. all the rest is bonus.

    and everyone singing praises about griffin, i'm right there with you. that guy was fun to watch. he plays hard with a lot of intensity.

    by thedanman on 10/28/2010 10:17 PM
  50. someone on the blazers video team needs to breakdown the suns vs. jazz game from tonight. whatever phoenix did to utah defensively, portland should put in the mental bank for the next meeting. coach sloan has had coach nate's number for a while, so why not steal from what coach gentry did...

    by reverse on 10/28/2010 10:20 PM
  51. mgb, I'd love to agree with you, but knowing the Blazers, they'll make an easy game look difficult, and that'll eventually bite us.

    Unlike Kassandra, who even dares say we'd lose to a playoff contender that we're way better than (Omg I'm becoming a Thunder hater, but for good reasons), I'd say we'll have trouble with...

    I don't know, it's too hard to tell.

    I'm glad to see confidence in our Blazers against the Lakers though. But we have the upperhand in nearly every posistion, bench included, against all teams.

    Lakers won't have Bynum... OKC doesn't know how to defend in the post against MAAAAAAAAAARCUUUUUUUUUS CAAAAAAAAAAAMBBBBBBBYYYYY. Chicago... meh... Put Wesley on Rose, Batum on Korver, and I'm sure Camby will make Noah look like the smelly dog he looks like.

    by Herr on 10/28/2010 10:57 PM
  52. MGB:

    First: you should get your fact straight LOL. Veggies and Fruit is mostly carbohydrates, not low Carbs. But I am not arguing diets. Remember the original post was one diet doesn’t fit all and unlike you and Kassandra I am not a yogurt lover. I am a meat man so of course I would be a fan of Dr Atkins high protein and Fat diet, plus according to my heart Dr, it made me much healthier. The problem I have is not what I eat but how much I eat, and Carbs are very addictive to me.

    Now, back to the 10 game picks. I would be more afraid of losing to one of the lower seed teams then the best teams, because you can't always play with high intensity and Portland is famous for losing to cellar dwellers. Also, I am worried about the away games because of the home court advantage. You know if we do and I think we will take OKC at OUR HOUSE, They will be pulling all stops out at their house plus they are going to be play-off like games at the first of the year.

    I think we lose to NYC, OKC, and the Lakers at their house questionable about Memphis because we bring out the best in ZBO. Therefore, with my homerism at rest, I think we will end up 8 and 4. Of course I should bet a beer on it and I am sure you would win. Plus, I do hope you are right; the Blazers are more then capable of winning all those games.

    by Hg on 10/29/2010 12:30 AM
  53. Hg,

    Some veggies are pretty low carb especially compared to other veggies. Dark leaf, broccoli and so forth. What I love potatoes of course is bad. Funny, the toppings which is suppose to be the bad part, butter, sour cream, is ok with Atkins. Eggs which is suppose to be bad has turn out for me not bad. I got my lowest cholesterol eating a few eggs every morning than I did with the regular diet. I am also a carb addict and have my best success on a low carb diet.

    Fruit does have a lot of carbs, but some are better than others and I think fruit is important for your diet. I found I had problems with my stomach when I did a super strict Atkins diet. But I do feel what I consider 'normal' on low carb. When I say normal I don't feel hungry all the time on a low carb diet while I do when I eat a lot of carbs.

    by mgb on 10/29/2010 12:41 AM
  54. One other thing. You are not going to eat a no carb diet unless you only eat meat and I don't think that is healthy. It's just which carbs you eat and how much.

    by mgb on 10/29/2010 12:43 AM
  55. MGB:

    You are right about some veggies are lower in Carbs then others, Beans and Nuts has much protein in it. In fact if not over eaten and leaving all the additives out, peanut butter is all most the perfect food for me. The leafy or the greens as being on the low index file is very important in their value in minerals and not as Carbs also as Phi Slamma said valuable in keeping the immune system up. Of course as a cancer patient, that is very important to my immune system and I hate broccoli and Brussels sprouts. I stayed around 180 my whole life until I bought into the Pyramid diet and I got fat so quick that I knew it was not the diet for me. Again though I am not debating diets and I am basically like you. When eating higher index Carbs I eat way to much because of my addiction. That is why Antientone's cookie and milk is intriguing.

    Anyway if you read all the literature on diets, and believed in all of them, you would eat nearly nothing. There is a theory out that a person's diet often relates to the type of blood he has, but you would have to believe a little on the theory of evolution, for instance my blood type is O, and that is supposed to go back to type O ancestries was hunters and ate mostly meat, whereas type A (I think) was berry and fruit gatherers and lived on mostly Veggies. I find that has value to the way I have been all my life.

    To link this up to the Blazers, their eating habits because of the energy needed and used would be completely different than a 70 year old man’s. That is one of the reason’s one diet doesn’t fit all, it lots of times depend on your life style, plus I walk about 5 miles a day and that is an important factor in keeping my addiction down.
    All this stuff is IMO only and is not for the intent of crating a bebate.

    by Hg on 10/29/2010 1:35 AM
  56. BLOG CLOG:)

    If the Blazers are dieting,i'll discuss it.

    Sorry ,don't mean to be insensitive to dieting,I've been 175 lbs most of my life and can eat anything.I love the sweets!Just lucky that way.

    by DowntownVinnie on 10/29/2010 6:14 AM
  57. thedanman: the only person who can tune down my skepticism of Wesley is Wesley. he was good in the opener, then not so good against the lakers. perhaps you didn't get a chance to read the blog around the time he signed with the blazers. everyone seemed to be treating him as if he were the best thing since sliced bread. yes, he had a very good rookie team, with another system under the longest tenured coach in the nba. if you like him, that's great. i think he seems like a really great guy and i'm glad to see yet another positive influence in the locker room.

    that all being said, in the fourth quarter the other night, we had the offense moving, we were hitting some open jumpers and we were getting some good looks inside. during this, Wesley took some 3-bombs when we could have been moving the ball closer to the basket for a higher percentage shot. keep in mind, on this night, LaMarcus shot better from three -point-land than Wesley.

    see, here's the thing about my skepticism: i want to see if wednesday night's game was the exception to the rule, or if we have another bought of inconsistency on our hand, much like we had with Steve Blake.

    until i see Wesley prove me wrong, i will continue to be critical.

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 10/29/2010 6:39 AM
  58. Vinnie: okay, i've about had it with yout "i can eat anything i want and never gain/lose weight" attitude! lol!!! btw, could you pass the chocolate?!

    Herr: let me break down my oklahoma city thing. we'll win that first game, drop the second at okc, win the third and win the fourth. like last year, we will win the season series with them, 3-1. it concerns me that you actually think we'll lose to memphis.

    hg, mgb: i like steak too, just not every day of the week. also, being my father's daughter, i nearly never turn down a slice of pizza! what i'm saying is that yogurt is a snack and salads replace fast food. one thing i need to do is excercise more, but i'll work on that.

    Don: you didn't dampen my enthusiasm a bit. however, the reason Kaman had a subpar night was because he was being defended by his former teammate Marcus who, as the espn commentators stated, knows all of Kaman's moves. i believe it was Marcus' defense which caused Kaman poblems in the game, rather than a simple off night.

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 10/29/2010 6:49 AM
  59. Broy hatin on the hippies.
    http://www.portlandroundballsociety.com/

    by DowntownVinnie on 10/29/2010 6:59 AM
  60. These words From RipCityProject couldn't be truer words spoken about the first two games.
    "So far in the infancy of the 2010-11 NBA season the Blazers have proven they are capable of two things. First, they know how to make a game interesting; take bad shots, give up offensive rebounds, let speedy wings and ancient point guards beat you up and down the court. And second, they know how to take over a game in the fourth quarter. Tonight, like Tuesday night, had a fair amount of the former and just enough of the latter to keep Portland undefeated".

    by DowntownVinnie on 10/29/2010 7:12 AM
  61. most here have probably already read this one before, but in light of the bayless trade, it is worth another read:

    http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2010/10/blazers_rookie_armon_johnson_w.html

    from the freeman article, this sticks out the most for me:
    "Johnson gives credit for the routine to a player he's never met -- Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash. Raymond Sykes, a forward on the Blazers' training camp roster, played for the Suns during the 2009 preseason and was impressed by the work ethic and fervor Nash approaches every practice and workout with, even as a 14-year NBA veteran. When Johnson heard Sykes' stories about Nash, he was blown away.

    "He told me that while guys were getting taped and while guys were still coming in to practice, Steve Nash was already out there working and getting better," Johnson said. "That really stuck with me and built something inside of me. He's a two-time MVP. If he comes in and works like that, then that's what I need to be doing. So I'm just trying to develop a routine."'

    the photo here is like the young student meeting the ageless master:

    http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2010/10/blazers_fast_break_the_blazers.html

    very nice work by freeman, freebot and bruce ely with the photo.

    one of the things that made me most hopeful about johnson's game were seeing his lay-ups. he made the type that came from high wide angels off the glass, a la steve nash, rajon rondo and many other nba-ers. the type of shot that a 6'3" guy can take from in the lane and not get blocked. he has yet to drive the lane too hard and bang the ball on the bottom of the rim that i've seen.

    for further nash & rondo comparison, steve played 10.5min a game his rookie year and averaged 3.3pts and 2.1asst., rajon 23.5min with 6.4pts and 3.8asst.. don't forget this about armon, his draft camp measurements and scores are in the john wall range for size, speed and agility. IOW, johnson may have the ability at some point to defend 2 guards effectively as well, something that nash and rondo really can't. armon and evan turner both have a 6'8" wingspan.

    by reverse on 10/29/2010 9:45 AM
  62. Hey guys, you'd think that a Blazer, who have a 2-0 record, that helped carry the load when we needed him to, would at least be somewhere on the MvP votings, if not first.

    But nope, a man who got more turnovers than assists opening night, a point guard whose team got blown out by two teams of the same conference (one in the division), a man who's known for choking, two popular superstars who didn't exactly play their best are far in front of our beloved superstar Brandon Roy.

    Yep, it seems this years MvP will not be given to the most valuable player, as it terms of who helped their team the most and played the best, it'll be actually given to the NBA's most VALUABLE player, as in the player that'll make them all the big bucks.

    Yep, here goes the NBA again exploiting Kevin Durant's true talent into making him look like a God (By the way, I believe he got more charity free throws than the ENTIRE Bulls team in their ONE game).

    Why do I bother watching the NBA? Do the Blazers really have an impact on me? Here you go...

    http://www.nba.com/2010/news/features/steve_aschburner/10/29/race-to-mvp-first-week/index.html?ls=iref:nbahpt1

    by Herr on 10/29/2010 10:04 AM
  63. Vinnie:

    There are many people that can eat every thing and not gain wt and I hate all of them LOL.

    Those were very good articles that you linked. I might add that the Blazers are guilty of playing down to what they think their opponents are. Which at times get them in trouble. I remember year before the year of the injuries, I would almost always bet, if the Blazers was within 10 points of the opponents at the 6 minute mark we would probably win the game. That has become the Blazers trademark; Of course that doesn't always work, but we are a fourth quarter team. Wasn't it the fourth qtr in the play-offs when Portland came back from 23 points down to almost winning the game with a flurry of Martel’s and Rudy's threes? Plus the article wasn't giving credit to Griffin's play, the fact that it was the Clippers home opener, the fact that the Blazers was on the second game of a back to back and a first game of a coast to coast road trip against a team that they handled easily in pre-season. And the fact that Vinnie used to tell me that the way to win on the road was to stay in the game for three quarters and win it in the fourth. What happened to that Vinnie and where did the critical Vinnie come from? But, I like blow outs also. Plus, I don't think the Suns and Nash is that bad of a team. They were handling the Jazz last night and the ancient PG was beating them down the floor also. I don't believe the Clippers are as bad as some seam to think they are, It took a great game to contain Karman, Griffin and trying to contain Gordon.

    by Hg on 10/29/2010 10:22 AM
  64. 200th win for the Coach Congrats To Nate

    by CarlJ1 on 10/29/2010 11:01 AM
  65. i wanted to share an idea with those who seemed concerned with those third quarters, and the blazers' past history of having trouble closing out games.

    this is a very different team. most notably, the bench unit. with martel, outlaw & bayless gone, and matthews, rudy, dante & armon taking those minutes, i think there will be more cohesion and defense from that unit. when you add joel to that rotation, there will be even more defensive presence there, particularly in distinction to other teams' back-up centers. if there is a soft spot there, it may not last for long. also, sooner than later, i believe this team will lose the "soft/young (give up a lead)" type identity that they may have had before.

    take heart blazer faithful, j.a. adande agrees with me:)

    http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/20860/the-old-and-improved-blazers

    by reverse on 10/29/2010 12:39 PM
  66. Wow, seriously, the nutrition debate was making me sooo confused. MODERATION is always the key, no matter what you are eating. Keep it Simple, right?

    Man, too much information since I posted last.

    MGB's Prediction:

    W @ Knicks
    L @ Bulls
    W @ Bucks (if we beat the Bulls, I think this is a Loss)
    W Thunder
    W Raptors (if we lose my first game of the season, I will lose it, lol!!)
    L @ Lakers (and we should be watching out for Blake)
    W Pistons
    L @ Thunder
    L @ Hornets (I know, don't ask me why, maybe cause its a b2b)
    W @ Memphis

    That's 6-4, making us 8-4 and .670. Not a bad start, considering EIGHT of those games were away, including a 4-game trip and a 3-game trip. It's a pretty tough schedule and there will be times I think that it shows. I know we have a history of sometimes playing it close or losing to teams that are lesser-than, so that is a concern. If it happens, I think the Hornets are the best bet, but it could also be the Knicks.

    travisd: Seriously, right? How the heck did Utah, who killed us in the preseason, get totally stomped by both Denver AND the Suns, losing their home opener???? I don't know if it was that the Suns played really well (though they did), but more that D-Will was really, really sloppy and the rest of the was just a mess! Anyway, yes, hope we are taking a close look at that game. Oh, and good point on the bench, especially when Joel gets back. Seriously, our bench could almost be a starting 5 for a bottom-feeder.

    vinnie: that was a really cute article. i loved Cho's comments even more than Brandon's :)

    Herr: why you keep getting disappointed? You know how it works man. The only MVP Brandon will ever see is the Finals MVP, and guess what? I am guessing that would be the only that mattered to him. Let Kevin have it...at least it won't be Lebron AGAIN!

    Oh, my Magic DESTROYED rookie Wall and the Wizards. DESTROYED them. Telling you, the Magic are going to storm the East...right up unitl it really matters, lol!
    GO BLAZERS!

    by EowynAmarie on 10/29/2010 1:17 PM
  67. Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't two of Wesley's three missed tres come with the shot clock at about 3 secs or below? Better him than 'Dre taking'. Course, he should have been lookin' for "ALDRIDGE FOR THREEEEEEE!!!!"

    by Revfisk on 10/29/2010 3:22 PM
  68. Brandon has as much chance getting MVP as Drexler did when he dominated the Allstar game the year Magic announced he had HIV. Magic showed up and was given the MVP of that game.

    by Ancientone on 10/29/2010 5:06 PM
  69. Yea. Wesley's shots were at the end of the shot clock.
    Sorry I got a nutritional debate going because of my snacking habits. I'm 6', 190, 34' waist, same as 30 yrs. ago (of course I don't kmow how much of that is metal from artificial joints). Don't hate me hg.
    Watched the unmentionables vs suns tonight and wonder how many tech's they would have gotten if they were the Blazers. Again rules that are not evenly applied.

    by Ancientone on 10/29/2010 9:26 PM
  70. about new york

    attack the rim, over and over again.

    foul amar'e out of the game.

    play at a portland pace.

    attack the rim.


    also, how long before eddy curry's expiring contract and some prospects & picks become steve nash.

    the knicks won't get melo, but will get d'antoni's favorite point guard.


    my tea leaves tell me that anthony will end up in orlando. the magic have picks, prospects & bigs to trade.


    about florida

    miami will not have big success until lebron starts playing point power forward. he has to go down low and bang with kg & j. o'neal at a minimum. i wonder if he can survive the pounding?

    by reverse on 10/29/2010 10:07 PM
  71. There were some interesting outcomes yesterday around the NBA:

    Nets beat the Kings and are now 2-0

    Rondo had 24 assists in the Celtic win over NY (!!!)

    The OKC/Piston game came down to the wire, with OKC winning the last few moments of the game

    Miami KILLLED the Magic....killed them behind D-Wade

    The T-Wolves handled the Bucks

    The Hornets beat Denver in what looked like a decent game...mmhmm....the Hornets :)

    Memphis beat Dallas in a close one, with Dallas at home...mmhmm....Memphis :)

    GSW killed the Clips, and Griffin had 3 fouls by the end of the first (Steph Curry injured his ankle again though in the 3rd)

    Lakers played a close one with the Suns, until the 4th, when they predictably took over and won the game handily.


    travisd: pretty interesting that you think Melo will go to Orlando. That would be a better move for him in the long run, as Dwight is only lacking a reliable perimeter shooter to compliment his ever-developing game. Someday, just maybe, he will figure out how to not get into foul trouble...yeah, right, who am I kidding, lol??

    by EowynAmarie on 10/30/2010 7:12 AM
  72. Eowyn Amarie.....One of the things that has become quite apparent this year is that there areca lot of "lower teams that are hungrier than last year and just plain better.This will make for great parody in the leadue this year.

    Peops....Joel gets five stitches in his thumb after cutting it on the rim in practice..Poor Joel can not get a break this year, can he.

    by DowntownVinnie on 10/30/2010 8:36 AM
  73. Eowyn Amaire:

    We have the same win lost prediction in the next 10 games, just different loses, but after reading your interesting games, Makes me wonder about the NOH. I always worry about Memphis; they seem to have our number with ZBO. Long short, I hope we both aren't right and we lose to both Memphis and NOH.

    I would say that like you and Kassandra our great minds work together, but I wouldn't want to be guilty of making you fall on the floor from LOL and hurting yourself. Therefore, I will say it doesn't take rocket sciences to figure out that we could win or lose either of those games.

    Boy are you rooting for Anthony going to Orlando or what? Wow, that would make them a scary team, and would make Florida the talk of the NBA.

    BTW, I agree with you on eating in moderation, I was not debating diets, I was just mad at Ancientone for his strawberry short cake and his milk and cookies brakes that re-kindled my cravings and I swear I gained 5 pounds in two days LOL. Plus I was just giving props to Dr Atkins diet for IMO saved my life after my heart attack.

    by Hg on 10/30/2010 8:39 AM
  74. Travisd:

    That was a great link, I remember from year before last about the last 6 minutes of the ball game being Blazers biggest strength. I am glad BRoy recognized it was the D more then the Offense this year that triggered the last 6 minute runs in both games.

    by Hg on 10/30/2010 8:45 AM
  75. here's a piece on the "Dud.
    http://www.portlandroundballsociety.com/

    by DowntownVinnie on 10/30/2010 8:56 AM
  76. I just moved to Burns OR--I get to watch the game tonight on the NBA package.--I hope.

    by Hg on 10/30/2010 10:23 AM
  77. hg: Just don't move to Tillamook, you can't get it on TV or the radio unless you get Sirius-XM

    by Ancientone on 10/30/2010 11:10 AM
  78. Never thought I'd see the day where PORTLAND fans would say we'll lose in OKC. I don't care what the outcome is, as long as it's a good game, but the fact you guys are predicting a loss there makes me literally sick to my stomach.

    We beat them in nearly matchup defensively and offensively. Who can stop Roy? Who can stop Camby? You put Batum on Durant and Mathews on Westbrooke and you've got yourself the ballgame.

    I predict a sweep of the Overrated City Blunder. The only way we'll lose is because Durant will get his BS charity fouls.

    Meanwhile, I'm about to go attend my grandmothers funeral, so I'll sadly be missing the game. I predict a win tonight.

    by Herr on 10/30/2010 11:46 AM
  79. Herr: it's merely a prediction; not a desire. i agree we match up well. we match up well against memphis too, but a couple people have predicted a memphis loss, which i do not see happening. of course, as you mentioned, it would not be unlike the nba to give Durant and his nba flavor of the year thunder the benefit of the b.s. calls. in fact, that wouldn't surprise me a bit.

    what i question are these crazy people on the blog who think we'll drop eight of the next 12 games ... i mean ... seriously ... what planet are they from?!

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 10/30/2010 12:00 PM
  80. Travis,
    Your tea leaves tell you 'Melo goes to ORL, eh? Well my coffee grounds indicate that Nash comes to Portland, not New York. Furthermore, my alphabet soup spelled out "Rudy, Miller, draft pick to PHX" (it was a big bowl of soup).

    WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?!?

    by 500Dogs on 10/30/2010 2:16 PM
  81. Herr,

    I predict we'll kick the Thunder's butts!! Is that better? :)

    I'm just hoping I'll be able to go. How my tailbone is right now I won't be able to, but I'm hoping it's a lot better by then.

    by mgb on 10/30/2010 3:21 PM
  82. We picked up the 4th year options on BOTH Batum and RUDY....hmmmm, I wish I was inside Cho's head right now.

    I predict a win tonight, too, but I am watching the Ducks game and recording ours :)

    by EowynAmarie on 10/30/2010 4:16 PM
  83. Miller!! ICE!! And he did it without our star player being injured! :)

    Great game, great win! I liked the ball movement tonite. And we just own the 4th!

    by mgb on 10/30/2010 6:18 PM
  84. WOW!!!!!!

    Three and O to start the season; what a game. I know the Blazer blasters will jump all over the Blazers for not blowing them out, but I thought it was a hard fought game for their season opener. The Batum block and the LMA strip was the best part of the night. No that is not true The best part of the game was I got to watch it.

    Ancientone, I don't get the Blazers games in Prineville either, that is why I loaded my Dish receiver on my fifth wheel and headed for the Burns desert. Although, I don't see a lot of different living in Burns than I did living in Prineville except I get to watch the Blazers.

    I predicted this as a lost, even though I knew we were better. You know the Blazers where the upsets happen. I am so glad they proved me wrong. Aldridge had a rough game, but it really had very little to do with their defense or Stoudemire. Just off, but I think he should have to shoot a thousand free throws tomorrow for punishment.

    Mike, I am sure you will post tonight, but I just couldn't wait.

    by Hg on 10/30/2010 6:28 PM
  85. MGB:

    Your post reminded my, that I never had a chance to answer your post. You sounded like Dre becoming a hero when a star goes down is a bad thing, I think it is good. You and everybody else preach when a star goes down than someone has to step up. And Miller does that. What is wrong with doing that?

    I didn't mean to ruffle your feathers, I was just repeating what I read, and I did and still do think it was great that he can lay back and let the stars out and then shine himself when the stars go down.

    One thing, he did play good tonight.

    by Hg on 10/30/2010 6:36 PM
  86. The definition that you gave made it sound like Miller only did good when a star went down, that was what I had a problem with.

    It was their 'home' season opener. :)

    by mgb on 10/30/2010 7:07 PM
  87. That wasn't me that said that, it was a Blazer basher from BE, I was just repeating what he said, that he only steps up his game when a star goes down. Maybe that is why he is the Iron Man.

    Don't forget we are on the same side.

    by Hg on 10/30/2010 7:11 PM
  88. No, I know that wasn't your definition, but I do strongly disagree that he only steps up his game when a star goes out. He stepped it up when we needed it tonite. Of course he plays well most the time.

    by mgb on 10/30/2010 7:25 PM
  89. MGB: I agree, and is playing better all the time now that him and BRoy as got some continuity going

    by Hg on 10/30/2010 7:33 PM
  90. Just notice Miller had 10 pts and 5 assists in the 4th quater. That's coming through in the crunch.

    Btw, Hg, I know we are on the same side. The Blazers side!! :)

    by mgb on 10/30/2010 7:39 PM
  91. What separates the difference between a great team and a pretender is raised expectations. I juggled the Oregon-USC match up and the blazers. The Ducks were penalized a costly 15 yard play for "taunting" after having stopped USC on fourth down. The coach quickly pulled this player from the game, and sat his butt on the bench, and rightfully so. You see, all this chest-thumping and showboating is no longer acceptable to an upper echelon team because of ( you guessed it, raised expectations). As a fan, I too feel compelled to raise the bar for the blazers. Yes, they won the game. And for most, this will be sufficient. But why, oh why, were the blazers inbounding the ball to Aldridge with the game on the line, when he was obviously not in a New York state of mind? Twice, his knees buckled at the free throw line when he could have put the game out of reach. True, a win is a win is a win, but the great teams should be striving for perfection, and this game was far from a masterpiece. Aldridge threw up some turn-around miscues that could only be rivaled by a Chris Dudley free throw. And why is it that a throw-in player like Oberto seems to be the only one savy enough to cut to the basket? Things that make you go hmmmm?

    by Phi Slamma on 10/30/2010 8:03 PM
  92. PS,

    LA was the third option and since they covered our first two options he had to throw to LA. He almost had time to pass it, but probably was worried about a TO.

    I do agree with you that we don't have enough cutters to the basket when there are double/triple teams.

    by mgb on 10/30/2010 8:56 PM
  93. just caught some highlights.

    you have to love defensive highlights sealing the game.

    hopefully derrick rose wore himself out a bit dropping that 39 on detroit.

    500,

    where'd you get that soup?!?

    i love speculating. i'm usually wrong, but it is fun.

    i also had joel playing on opening night...

    by reverse on 10/30/2010 9:08 PM
  94. I have Joel playing against the Thunder. Great win tonight. One thing I learned is that the Blazers are doing a great job of closing out games without having to have a superstar take control. It's been a complete team effort to get these three wins in the fourth quarter, and that's what I love to see. I predict by the end of this season/post-season, Portland will be considered an elite team.

    By the way, the player I hate most, of all-time, Rick Fox predicts the Blazers to exit the first round and suffer with injuries again. I hope to see him proven wrong, especially since he's such a pile of filth that this NBA has had to deal with over time.

    by Herr on 10/30/2010 9:27 PM
  95. Kassandra: Yes, I'm sure Canby affected Kaman but he still missed several close in shots that weren't that contested. On the other hand, except for a couple short spurts, LA hasn't shown up yet, so being 3-0 without his normal play is really good.

    PS - I know LA scored 20 tonight in NY but it was a bad 20, if there is such a thing. But any road win is a good win in the NBA.
    --
    don

    by dgpdx on 10/30/2010 9:58 PM
  96. MGB: I never did formally thank you for the seats to the Dallas game that Vinnie and I got to share. A heartfelt thank you from the both of us. As for your observations about LA being the third option on that play, I would concur. But how does that explain Roy inbounding the ball? Miller is the first option, then Roy should be the second. Having LA even sniffing the ball after his dismal performance is an aberration to all of humanity! I don't mind a mishap every now and then, afterall, no one is perfect. But this was the second time that Aldridge got to prove his impotence at the free throw line in the last two deciding minutes. To all these admirers of LA that feel he should be considered an All-Star, I point to his lack of clutch play. He is a good, even a very good, player who performs when no one is looking; or when it is least expected. When the eyes of the world are upon him he is simply Casper your friendly ghost.

    by Phi Slamma on 10/30/2010 11:38 PM
  97. Lamamasboy needed Dre to clean up after him:(
    and I,ll leave it at that.till tomorrow

    by DowntownVinnie on 10/31/2010 12:40 AM
  98. PS,

    Your very welcome! Glad you guys had a good time!

    I was thinking they had to throw it in or have a time out or TO, but why not have LA throw it in? Then there is no way he can receive the ball and get fouled.

    by mgb on 10/31/2010 12:57 AM
  99. kassandra: i think i catch your drift. you are simply saying that you are skeptical of a possible overinflated general perception of wesley by the general blazer fan base. correct me if i'm wrong. maybe you think he's overpaid. i don't know. i did follow the preseason blogs and there was a pretty big love fest for the dude. i see he isn't as hot as he was in the preseason but i do like what i see from him. i take into account he is a 2nd year player on a new team when i assess his play. 3 games isn't enough to get a clear picture but what i've seen so far is good.

    commenting on the knick game: yep it wasn't pretty but it wasn't so ugly either. i'm glad to see roy get started early in the game. yah, lamarcus could have shot better at the free throw line but oh well. we won, that's all that matters. it's not common for him to miss those. and batum again has a solid game. i'm happy to see him play more minutes because he makes everyone around him so much better. and miller, he's not a sexy player either but he gets the job done. he is a crafty veteran and i enjoy watching him do his thing without amazing athleticism.

    3-0. gotta love it! this team is still so young but we don't play like it. when i watch these games we look like we're out there doing business. TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS!

    go blazers!

    by thedanman on 10/31/2010 6:04 AM
  100. hg: Nice to see you are still around. I haven't been around much working and all. I mentioned the other day that I hadn't seen you and hoped you were ok. Nice to see you are and still your self. What a game that was and a great win. We sure look like we are trying to figure things out still. Like most teams are.
    I do like the new look on D. That zone sure messed them up. It worked well. Go Blazers

    by mfre111 on 10/31/2010 9:39 AM
  101. well, talk about being on the edge of your seat! this is the most nervous i've been all year. it's great that we have the ability to come back in the fourth quarter, but relying on that is a whole other story.

    game ball: two of them; to Brandon and Andre. Brandon helped keep us competitive in the third quarter en route to 29 points for the game. i know we've been concerned about the team letting down in the third quarter and Brandon didn't let that happen. he also had 6 rebounds, 3 assists, a steal and a block. Andre showed why the blazers, thus far at least, have not listened to the fans who want him traded. we needed his experience down the stretch. this is why we have Andre. he nailed two free throws near the end. he also had a double-double, with 19 points and 10 assists.

    LaMarcus could have been right in there for the game ball, but i just can't give it to a guy who shot 40 percent from the line. he ended with a great game, 20 ppoints and 10 boards, but those misses really could have hurt us. Wesley had a great shooting night and i thought did a nice job of countering Chandler for a while there in the first half. did anyone else notice that Nicolas was a team high plus-minus of +16 during his time on the court? vive-la-france! lol, another beret for Nicolas!

    i loved Marcus' defense on Stoudemire, especially that play at the end where he knocked the ball out off Stoudemire's knee. Marcus didn't have the kind of game that shows up on the stat sheet, but we don't always need that from him. against the knicks, we needed his hustle and tenacious defense. i've got to say something good about the newest blazer, Fabricio. as a guy who was signed just five days before this game as an insurance policy, he's almost starting to remind me of last year's insurance policy. he played 16 minutes, scored 4 points on 2-3 shooting, played tough and didn't make any real mistakes.

    overall, i was impressed with the game. we need to make some more free throws because 67 percent just isn't going to cut it. i like the fact we're 3-0, following most of our predictions about the schedule. chicago on monday night will be a tough test for us. we can beat them, but can we put it together.

    here are a few things i noticed about this game:

    * thanks to Andre and LaMarcus, we now have seven double-doubles in three games.

    * the knicks made one more three-pointer as the blazers, but shot 15 more attempts.

    * Nicolas and Andre shot a combined 10-14 from the field.

    * according to Rice, we're only going to win 44 more games during the course of the season.

    GO BLAZERS! TAME THE BULLS!

    ~ Kassandra

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