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Nov 18

All Hands on Deck

By mikebarrett
The win at Memphis on Tuesday was huge for the players, as they avoided being shutout on the three-game road trip.  This win, over Denver at the Rose Garden, was huge for the fans.  Call it a band-aid if you will, but at the very least it slowed the emotional bleeding following the Greg Oden news, and once again demonstrated that this team can survive even against division rivals without Brandon Roy.  Let's hope that theory isn't put to the test too often, but they proved a lot to themselves, and to a sold-out Rose Garden Crowd, by getting this win.

It wasn't conventional, but you don't argue about the little things after a win in a situation like this. 

Statistically speaking, this game was all over the map.  Odd numbers up and down the page.  The Trail Blazers beat the Nuggets in the points-in-the-paint catagory a staggering 40 to 16.  If you had told me that before the game I would have said Portland wins by 25.  The Blazers outrebounded Denver 48-35- same deal.  That's enough to get you a win over this team. 

But, when you consider the Blazers shot 40 percent from the field, got just seven points off the bench, and were a miserable 11 for 22 at the free-throw line, you starting wondering how they won this game. 

As it turns out, it took a lot from all the guys they will depend on to step up each and every night if they are to keep their heads above water in the west.  The margin for error is now so small, they're going to have to bring this grit, this determination, and this kind of defensive intensity to win more than they lose on nights when they don't have Roy.

The guy who gets the biggest gold star on this night, at least from me, is Nicolas Batum.  He was just 5 for 14 from the field, but held Carmelo Anthony to just 5-15 shooting and had him frustrated most of the night.  Even though Wesley Matthews also played very good defense on Anthony, Batum was a big reason why Anthony got into foul trouble, and drew a huge offensive foul in the fourth quarter that fouled Carmelo out of the game.  Getting points from Batum is a bonus.  This is what the team absolutely has to get out of him defensively to have success.  

Speaking of Matthews, the toughest thing for a young player to do in this league is back up a career night with another big night.  After scoring 30 against Memphis on Tuesday, the Nuggets were well aware Portland would lean on Wesley's offense again, especially without Brandon.  Matthews was agressive, played good defense himself, and was a beast on the boards.  He ended with 20 points, 10 rebounds, and two blocked shots.  Okay, give him a huge gold star as well.

Perhaps Matthews' biggest contribution came early in the game, after Denver had ripped off 17-straight points and was threatening to run away.  Wesley hit three-straight three-point shots to quickly get Portland out of a huge hole.

It also took a solid night from LaMarcus Aldridge, great rebounding from Marcus Camby, and big-time play from Andre Miller down the stretch.  They got all of these things.  Aldridge had another double-double, with 24 points and 10 rebounds.  Camby pulled down 14 rebounds, including 4 offensive boards.  And, Miller recorded 16 points and 6 assists.

As a team, the Trail Blazers locked Denver up in the final quarter, allowing just 12 points.  Even then, Portland had a ton of difficulty putting this thing away.  Poor foul shooting was the biggest reason, and they were able to dodge a huge bullet in their final possession.

Needing to simply work the clock, in a situation where Denver had to foul, LaMarcus found himself in the paint, with the ball, and decided to try and end the game with a field goal.  He missed, and it gave the Nuggets a huge break.  They now had the ball back, trailing by three, and were handed an enormous opportunity to send the game into OT. 

They took off with the ball, and Chauncey Billups attempted a very, very deep three.  After that was missed, Aaron Afflalo had a clear look at a three in the corner.  Matthews, who was in his face, might have gotten away with a foul, as the ball came up well short, and the game ended.  Denver's bench stormed out on to the court in protest.  But, it was over.  Portland hung on, 86-83.

Qualify that however you want-  the Blazers deserved a break, especially with what has gone on lately- and got one.  It was far from pretty, and wasn't anything near text book, but who cares.

That's the only blue print for success right now-  battle, fight to survive, and don't leave any bullets in the gun. 

To listen to Nate McMillan's post-game comments, click here.

38 Comments

  1. Best Barrett's Blog ever.

    by 500Dogs on 11/19/2010 12:13 AM
  2. This team doesn't deserve this win. The Denver Nuggets didn't play with emotion or passion. You always see, ugh, what's that kids name again I just thought of it? Patty... Cakes? Patty Mills? What? Oh, anyways you see him cheering every possession the Blazers score. On the Nuggets bench, you never see that. The Nuggets would have easily won this game had they had any emotion or passion to play.

    Oh, what's that? I'm not the TNT crew? Oh that's right! I'm Herr! Sorry folks, my bad. Yeah, it was fun laughing at Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith make up BS excuses to why Denver lost rather than Portland having one hell of a game and doing everything right except the bench and the free throw line. They played their BEST GAME OF THE SEASON tonight, and deserved this one. TNT Crew... eat it.

    Now, about that call... sure, could have been called, but the Nuggets F bomb'd themselves anyways with that halfcourt shot with like 13 seconds still on the clock. And, he wasn't BEHIND the three point line. It was a no call in a physical game, and the Blazers don't "need a break", they just deserved the win. There is an old saying "The aggressive team gets the calls". The Blazers were MUCH more aggressive in this game, so they got the calls, and the Nuggets didn't.

    Good news, at least in a strategy perspective, is that Sloan, who probably is to blame for getting swept last season by Utah, will NOT be coaching on Saturday. That *COULD* give us the lift we need against Utah. Just think if we beat Utah and got Joel back the same day, and Roy returned against the Hornets. That would be a HUGE emotional lift for the Blazers, and would erase any concern for "having to rebuild".

    HOWEVER, I'm not buying it. Everyone played great this game. Can they remain consistent? So far the Blazers haven't been. We barely lose in OKC, and then get blown out, no effort at all, against NOH. Same thing happened between the Knicks and the Bulls.

    Utah is probably our toughest challenge (besides the Lakers, in which we didn't compete) and can make or break you in the end. We need another performance, but this time, MAKE YOUR FREE THROWS. It'd also be nice to see some bench performance, but you got to give them some credit. The defense and hustle was there, and Mathews is our leading scorer off the bench.

    by Herr on 11/19/2010 1:01 AM
  3. It was tough not to have our home team broadcasters for a win like this. Albert and Fratello were both hoarse, and we could see Barrett sitting there at courtside, knowing how much better it would be if we could hear him instead. I can't get used to the fact that every "neutral" broadcast of a Blazer game is really called from the viewpoint of the other team. You'd think we were the Washington Generals. The whole TNT postgame was about how obvious it was (to them) that the Nuggets are just going through the motions. The occasional nods to the Blazers' good play felt condescending, like they were reminded from time to time that there are some good players on our roster, even if you wouldn't really expect Portland to beat a team with a star like Carmelo. And Barkley's insistence that Melo was coasting seems belied by his fouling out; that usually happens when you're trying too hard. Or, perhaps, when you're against a team that plays hard and executes a well-designed defensive plan. Look, Marcus and Rudy were off on their shooting, and the whole team struggled at the line; normal results on those fronts and the game isn't really close. The Blazers played hard and deserved the win; it's a shame most of the country now thinks the Nuggets just gave them the game.

    by Islander on 11/19/2010 1:05 AM
  4. I agree our margin of error really is small. Our bench right now is Armon, Rudy and Dante and they're not necessarily prolific scorers.

    But you have to love the heart and grit of the team. We're going to maximize the output of all of players since there is no B-Roy to rely on for awhile. And if the Blazers are going to win, they're going to have to ugly it up. Games are going to have to be in the 80's or low 90's to have a chance unless Wesley is going to average 30 points per game.

    I do admire that the team hasn't quit when faced with G.O. being done, and the franchise player's future unknown. And credit that to Nate and the coaching staff for instilling the mindset that this team can still win.

    by alex42083 on 11/19/2010 1:21 AM
  5. Islander you bring up good points. I thought it was funny how Blazer fans always complain about not getting any mention on National TV when we're playing, and how it seems like the other teams broadcasters when they are suppose to be "Neutral". I think we all remember Hubbie, who was so nice and such a good broadcaster, going to the dark side when we competed against Blake Griffin earlier this season. But, we got our wish. They did talk about us a lot... you know... the injuries. They did show a picture of a knee and was able to identify every injury the Blazers have with that picture. It was all "Oden is out, Roy is out, Joel is out". Jeez, I thought Joel and Oden were playing this whole entire time!

    It's truly strange, because I ditched comcast and got leaguepass, and with it, most of the time the actual other teams broadcasters are less biased than the TNT,ESPN, and ABC crews.

    At least the Magic blew out Phoenix so I lost interest in watching that game so I didn't have to hear Reggie Miller's voice all night. There's a running joke "What's worse than two Reggie Millers? Cheril Miller".

    I don't get it, because people consider this team a team with lots of potential, but yet, even in loses, the broadcasters do a good job of making the other team look so good. Remember the Thunder game? Portland was dominating, and all it was "Look how bad the Thunder are doing". How about a "look how good the Blazers are doing"?

    And you're right, idiots listen to these guys and they make their opinions off theirs.

    by Herr on 11/19/2010 2:43 AM
  6. Again, I didn't' see the game, but as you said Mike, I think with these games vs. UTH, NOH, we just have to fight/battle. I think this team has shown strength in adversity, even without Roy, not to mention our bigs. While we can talk about the race in the division and yes, I always like it when intra-division teams lose so we gain on them or keep them off our backs, I just want this team to fight every night and then if we do happen to lose, I can accept it. Of course, we should beat the teams were are supposed to, like NJN or PHI.

    -Anees, from Prague

    by Anees on 11/19/2010 4:28 AM
  7. Mike:

    You wrote a great blog, at a very good time. This doesn't erase, BRoy and Greg’s troubles, but it will temporarily quick fix the pain.

    Casey at center court has a great blog about the team work of Batum and Wesley making a dream come true. They both did a number on Anthony by making him work for his shot and making him play defense.

    I agree with all the posters being fed up with the TNT crew. The only thing intelligent that came out of Charles mouth was that Matthews wasn't just having a good night, he will have a good career, because he knows how to play.

    This was a win by the force of a great team playing together. The defense was the bright star tonight. If we can continue doing that, I smell quite a few victories. I will have patience, as I can see both offensively and defensively we have still got to improve. But success feeds success.

    I don't believe the post that Greg is gone. He is just out for the year. I believe and feel that it is way too early to give up on Greg. GREG WILL BE BACK. I have taken the polls and it is something 70% against and 30% for GREG returning. I am in the 30%. He will need the encouragement from the team and the front office. He now knows that the team and the front office still considers him as part of the team and encourage him to rehab to be active again. So don't count him out and say it is time to cut our losses and move on. We moved on after his first year; we have been playing great without him. We still have a big investment in him and because we don't have to solely depend on Greg or BRoy to pack the whole load, they can rehab with the comforting feeling that the team is in good hands of the WHOLE TEAM, and their contribution is just icing on the cake. In fact, BRoy's job might be in jeopardy with Matthews breathing down his neck. I am just jesting, we can't replace BRoy, we can win big without him though and that is comforting to know.

    Great Blog Mike.

    Hg

    by magnumpi on 11/19/2010 5:34 AM
  8. Two great victories .This team has such heart.It's no doubt we need another Wesley on the bench.Another "step up " game for Wesley .That's why I call him AGI.......... A Good Investment:)More later .

    I think next game we should put Batum on DWill.because he owns us.
    toodles ,vinnie
    BLAZERSROCK

    by DowntownVinnie on 11/19/2010 7:52 AM
  9. Ya, I was worried the Nuggets was going to run away with the game, but then Wesley nailed three 3 pointers in a row! Hey, magnumpi, maybe Wesley is a injury all star?!? :)

    At half as soon as they mention Barkley I switch my tv to my puter and read a ebook. I called my wife at work and told her to let me know when the half was over since she was listening to the game on the radio. No way I was going to listen to Barkley's bs.

    I believe Oden will be healthy and dominating next year! I have confidence in him. He'll shut the doubters up once and for all and it'll just be all the sweeter when he does it!

    by mgb on 11/19/2010 8:07 AM
  10. Thanx as always ,MB.
    ALSO ,a great piece from Dave today as well at BEdge.
    http://www.blazersedge.com/2010/11/19/1823732/hanging-in-there#comments

    by DowntownVinnie on 11/19/2010 8:32 AM
  11. Jus wanna say that as harsh as I was on Rudy, he has played very well this year.Last night was a great example.He was D ing up ,had a cold night shootin ,but still contributed with assists, a charge and just plain hustle plays.Big ups to him.

    by DowntownVinnie on 11/19/2010 8:36 AM
  12. Can we call this a hustle win? Sure wish we could hit a free throw. .500 just doesn't cut it. Did you see the relief on Rudy's face when he finally hit that three? He kept hustling his butt off the whole time. Matthews hitting the boards, I almost thought he was Westbrook against us.

    by Ancientone on 11/19/2010 9:20 AM
  13. Great Game Blazers! A real team effort! It's going to be interesting when Roy returns to the lineup. Brandon needs to add more to his game other than ISO's. The teams is playing team ball, getting everyone involved and everyone is doing the intangible things than win ball games. Brandon needs to add tough D, rebounding, assists to his game to really be a part of this team and I hope if he returns and just plays ISO's that Nate calls him on it and pushes him to be more of a all around team player.

    by Gavinfan on 11/19/2010 10:27 AM
  14. Re-posted in part from a comment of mine on BEdge...

    I’m beginning to wonder how much info Larry Miller had on Roy’s knees, and whether his hard play at Mathews wasn’t with the idea that he could grow into Roy’s replacement. Is this a possibility? Timbo writes of folks referring to Mathews as “Webster 2.0” in his latest installment of The View (good read, check it out), and I was one such folk on 11/16.

    "Maybe, like Martell, Wesley needs some time to heat up."

    Has this been true? Let’s reference the play-by-play and PopcornMachine…

    Wesley starts scoring 7 minutes into the game and is subbed out for Rudy 2 minutes later (?). In that stint, Mathews shot 50%, collected 4 Rebs and 1 Blk. Rudy’s next 2 stints were atrocious (0-3 FG, 0-2 FT, 1 Reb, 1 Ast), but that’s another topic. Wesley’s next stint was money; he played all but the first 30 seconds of the 2nd quarter, and did well (44%, 11 Pts, 3 treys, 4 Rebs).

    So it appears he doesn’t suffer from Martell’s affliction of not showing up big until late. The last two games, it’s been the 2nd quarter where Mathews does his damage (in Memphis: 14 Pts, 3 treys, 1 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk). I know this is a small sample size, but it might be interesting to check UTA’s games from last year to see if this is a trend.

    The greater question for me is: Does Mathews need burn in the 1st to knock teeth out in the 2nd? In other words: Does he need to start to be productive?

    This leads us to the Roy question… Can he come off the bench?

    I never thought I’d be asking this, but in light of recent events, it’s a legit question. How to handle Roy is going to be the toughest decision of Nate McMillan’s career. The fan backlash of putting him in the 2nd unit would be severe, and depending on the results, could get him canned. However, the thought of Roy beating up on NBA reserves appeals to me; he won’t need to explode to get by them. Also, his craftiness and cool head will be a huge benefit to our 2nd unit, which appears rudderless.

    by 500Dogs on 11/19/2010 11:45 AM
  15. good game blazers your looking good but need to keep it up.

    I also hate Reg and barkley as an annouser and most of the tnt ect. I would love to see barkley in a spelling B.

    roy off the bench kinda getting ahead of our selves.

    by Miller on 11/19/2010 12:31 PM
  16. i'd love to see the jazz lose tonight, as long as the spurs and them play double overtime.

    in the pre-season, wesley had an impressive stretch defending d-will. i'd like to see more of that tomorrow. andre surely can guard raja bell sufficiently.

    last night's game was on while i was at work, so i missed it. one more game against the jazz, and then...

    THE RETURN OF THE VANILLA GORILLA

    by reverse on 11/19/2010 1:10 PM
  17. The national networks, especially TNT, seem to always come into a game prepared to talk about one particular team, or player. The worst ever was TNT's "performance" of our game at the Rose Garden against OKC. Those guys had already handed the NBA title to the Thunder and all they could talk about was how great Durant is. Most likely this was due to Durant's fantastic summer playing for the US, but still no excuse for being that biased broadcasting a nationally televised game.

    The Blazers are finally getting some payback for all those back-to-backs we've had so far. Utah has a tough game at home tonight against the Spurs and then must travel to PDX for our game Saturday. Should be a good chance to even our division record at 2-2.

    Joel is coming back next week! I've long felt he's the real heart and soul of this team. He's never had the natural physical abilities of most NBA players but he's overcome that with plain hard work and willingness to dig down and do whatever is necessary. And he never complains. There should be a special place in heaven for guys like him.

    by dgpdx on 11/19/2010 1:58 PM
  18. henry abbott hits the mark:

    http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/21874/greg-odens-story-isnt-about-basketball-for-now

    i've been trying to think of something to write about greg.

    the article linked above is very well put.

    i sincerely hope greg doesn't become to isolated.

    by reverse on 11/19/2010 2:12 PM
  19. I'll be watching the Thunder v Celtics game on ESPN in a few hours and, as much as I hate to root for Boston, I hope they do beat OKC. Likewise, it would be great for the Spurs to whip the Jazz, and even things out in the NW Division. Too bad that one won't be televised, but I'll keep up on my laptop. Anyway, I'm so excited for tomorrow night's game. I won't be there this time, my daughter and my niece are going. I'll be across the walkway at the MC watching our red hot #1 WinterHawks beat up on Kamloops. I have confidence that my TrailBlazers will up the winning streak to three before taking a well-deserved five days off. RIP CITY!!! P.S. It was sure weird to see you at the broadcaster's table without a mike last night, MB. Was "the wild one"in the house? GO BLAZERS!!!

    by Pamela Porter on 11/19/2010 2:42 PM
  20. Great Blog! We definitely needed that win. It was a strange game for sure one minute they are playing awesome and the next really bad! The free throws missed are the hardest to watch as a fan- hope they won't have another night like that at the line for awhile. I think it helped a lot to have Brandon on the bench- hope he is there for the whole game Saturday against Utah!

    by RedRudy5 on 11/19/2010 4:34 PM
  21. Where's hg? he has been absent from last 3 blogs.Just curious.

    by DowntownVinnie on 11/19/2010 5:42 PM
  22. pretty sure that hg turned into "magnumpi"

    by reverse on 11/19/2010 5:53 PM
  23. nice to see that greg & his agent are planning a 9 month comeback, and possible return for a regularly scheduled start to the '11-'12 season:

    http://www.blazersedge.com/2010/11/19/1825270/blazers-greg-oden-underwent-successful-microfracture-surgery

    if memory serves correctly, in 2007 he went into the surgery hoping to have a scope procedure and woke up in a worst case scenario. at least this time he can prepare himself mentally:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=mc-afterthebuzzer111910

    scroll down after the amar'e stuff for the second one.

    you only get the #1 pick every great while, so they shouldn't even consider letting him go. oden will be back!

    by reverse on 11/19/2010 6:10 PM
  24. the bridge

    this early season stretch is becoming like an extended pre-season.

    many strange things happening.

    after the 5 day break, this team will really come together.

    b-roy will come back in a more manageable role. andre is in command. joel will make his return to anchor the reserves. wesley is now a prominent member of the team. lamarcus is already averaging his "usual" end of season production which shows great promise. nic is an entrenched starter and efficient player. dante gives great hustle and sharpness off the bench. marcus shows the fire of a rookie and the experience of a 15 year vet. rudy gives energy and effort. armon adds grit and defense while learning.

    things are about to get very interesting folks. one last game before the 2010-2011 trailblazers take us on another journey.

    by reverse on 11/19/2010 6:40 PM
  25. thanx trav...Maybe had I been actually paying attention, I wouldn't be asking dumb questions:)

    It's been a busy week and the brain is tired. fair enuff.

    by DowntownVinnie on 11/19/2010 7:32 PM
  26. Well, I never like watching my favorite and 2nd favorite teams in the division face off, but am really regretting deleting the game in a fit of anger (at my husband)! Sounds like I missed a gritty nail-biter....oh well!

    Going to the RG tomorrow, and really nervous that we beat the Nuggies. I figured we would win one of these games, and really wanted it to be Utah, since I will be there. I suppose we could win both, that would be great. I had the same though about Jerry Sloan not being there. They lost to the Spurs tonight, so that could go either way for us. Here's to hoping! Btw, if Wesley has another great night, we are really going to have to start thinking about how Brandon's return affects him. Of course, it could be that having regained his confidence, and seeing how valuable he is to the team, he may be able to continue to contribue off the bench. What I am thinking is that Coach Nate will continue to take Brandon out early in the quarter and sub Matthews in for him. It will be interesting to see how it all works out.

    500dogs: your speculation is totally freaking me out!

    Everyone is linking such great articles! Did this one get linked? http://www.columbian.com/news/2010/nov/16/nicolas-batum-notice-served/. It's about KD appraisal of Batum's defense, pretty nice stuff :)

    GO BLAZERS!

    by EowynAmarie on 11/19/2010 9:17 PM
  27. It's nice to see the Blazers win when a lot of funs were down and even predicting a loss. :D

    by Shem on 11/19/2010 9:55 PM
  28. "Funs" LOL I mean fans! ;)

    by Shem on 11/19/2010 9:55 PM
  29. Travis and Vinnie:

    I am still Hg, magnumpi@q.com is my e-mail address at google. I had to go back and sign in to use my email.

    I will try to change it or at least sign it Hg.

    Thanks for bringing that to my attention.

    Hg

    by magnumpi on 11/19/2010 10:49 PM
  30. I didn't notice my name has changed. I hope this fixes it

    Hg

    by Hg on 11/19/2010 10:55 PM
  31. No,hg...I don't want to be a style crusher,i just didn't notice cause i had a tired brain.I like the new moniker ,Don't go changin:)

    by DowntownVinnie on 11/20/2010 10:37 AM
  32. DTV:

    I already changed back, besides all my iamatraiblazerfan.com is all set up with Hg as the handle. Magnum is what everybody calls me instead of my last name which is Mangum. I just added the PI for class. I was nicknamed 44 Magnum until I went to the service than it was decided my caliber was more of a b.b. then a 44 so I became BB Magnum until the Magnumpi series, then it was magnumpi.

    So much for history, lets get on to the current job at hand, that is to get even with Utah.

    I think we will put Matthews on Williams, leaving Batum to guard Kilinko. Do you think LMA can play Milsap to a draw? If miles don't play, Dre and Matthews will be a force, Williams can't guard either one of them.

    Hg

    hg

    by Hg on 11/20/2010 10:53 AM
  33. one more game until a break

    this is a different utah team, so hopefully their mojo over portland has been shook-up.

    no boozer, no okur, no matthews, no sloan, and probably no fesenko

    if wesley can disrupt d-will, things could go well...

    (jerryd bayless to the raptors, OUCH!)


    magnumpi,

    i think that lamarcus will dominate millsap!

    by reverse on 11/20/2010 11:45 AM
  34. that was a really nice win ovefr denver. it shows that all of the prognosticators writing us off for the season (due to Brandon and Greg's injuries) that we're not planning on going anywhere.

    we've got a tough one tonight against utah, but we can win if we continue to play as we've played the past couple of games -- and our bench does its part.

    the ft shooting and lack of bench scoring is a great concern. Rudy and Dante should be able to get some shots to go in, and Armon needs to be aggressive. at the line ... well, we just need to make those shots.

    Nicolas is playing well on both sides of the ball, and as MB said, he did a great defensive job on Anthony against denver. we all know he can do this, so it's great to see him prove us right. LaMarcus continues to play inside and out, which will continue to keep opposing defenses honest. Andre is steady, but seems to pick his spots from game to game. Marcus is a monster on the boards.

    and then there's Wesley. if he continues to play like he has, then he will erase my skepticism. his performances against memphis and denver were game changing. how will he respond to facing his old team in his first meeting against them? this could be interesting.

    busy weekend for me. just got home from watching stanford dominate cal in the big game (48-14); going to try and follow the blazers somehow tonight (no broadcast available in my area that i know of); and i head home tomorrow morning for thanksgiving break. very much looking forward to that!

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 11/20/2010 4:46 PM
  35. tough loss

    needed break coming up

    feel like the guys did well to keep their heads above water during another difficult stretch

    pryz and b-roy, just what the blazers need in the line up

    rest and then smash the hornets

    by reverse on 11/20/2010 10:05 PM
  36. Sorry, Kassandra, but I hope you weren't able to watch tonight's game against Utah. It was an *ugly*, sloppy game, mostly by us.

    I've never seen a faster 19 point turnaround in the NBA than when our late 11 point lead changed into an 8 point deficit in a few blinks of an eye. I guess this is how Miami and Orlando felt.

    If someone had said that after 14 games we'd be only 1/2 game behind Miami, I think we all would have been ecstatic. But whoops, Miami is only 8-5 after losing to the Griz tonight.

    Let's hope the upcoming time off helps the team recover from a difficult opening schedule and get themselves back on track.

    Here's to the Ducks in the BCS title game and Stanford in the Rose Bowl!
    --
    don

    by dgpdx on 11/20/2010 10:05 PM
  37. about brandon's knees (and wesley & the team)

    i for one am confident that brandon will continue to be productive. it is important to note as fans that PA keeps being willing to make moves and spend to make the team better. brandon had another knee surgery, so wesley was brought in. greg and joel were out, so camby was brought in. as fans, we're a bit spoiled in some ways.

    wesley's contract runs the exact length of brandon's extension.

    marcus will be around until a conclusion is reached on oden.

    we are lucky to be in this situation in some ways.

    bad things have happened, but the situation hasn't gone bad.

    by reverse on 11/20/2010 10:14 PM
  38. dgpdx: i wasn't able to watch the game, but i followed it while chatting on the site. i thought the first three quarters were very good, but the fourth was a disaster.

    we won so many statistical categories which could have been indicitive of us winning the game. when it came down to it, however, we just didn't close this one out.

    i have more thoughts, but i'm going to try and get some sleep before hitting the road early in the morning.

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 11/20/2010 10:27 PM
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