mikebarrett

Dec 01

Blazers Go Down Swinging in Boston

By mikebarrett

As disappointing as it is that the Trail Blazers have now lost five-straight games, Wednesday night was a huge step in the right direction.  You can never be satisfied with a loss, but there are different ways to lose games.

In this game the Blazers fought, scrapped, hustled, battled back, and had a shot to win in one of the most difficult places to win in the NBA.  I don’t know about you, but that’s all I’m asking for.  It ended in frustration, but this is what we need to see every night.  Obviously, if they had played this way on Sunday and Tuesday, we’d be talking about a 2-1 record on this road trip right now.

As it is the Trail Blazers, who are trying to fight though this stretch of playing 12 of their first 19 games on the road, sit now with an 8-10 record.  Disappointing, but at least after this loss you could see the wheels turning.  If it takes some suffering for growth to emerge, so be it.  It’s a long season.

For almost three quarters, the Trail Blazers had the Boston Celtics right where they wanted them.  And, it’s amazing the way these things play out.  Despite the fact that the Celtics were shooting 62 percent through three quarters, and still ended up shooting 57 percent in the game, the Blazers were still able to lead most of this contest.

As we’ve witnessed lately, it’s the drought that always kills this team.  This time it came late in the third quarter, when the Celtics ripped off a 17-2 run, which grew to 19-2 early in the fourth.  The run took the Celtics from behind in the game, to up 16.  As always, it happened very quickly.  The difference this time was, the Blazers battled back.  Hard. 

Portland put together a 15-0 run to get to within one point, at 96-95, with under a minute left.  They even got the Celtics to miss on the most important possession of the game.  But, Ray Allen’s miss bounced out far enough that Kevin Garnett was able to grab the offensive rebound.  He was fouled by Wesley Matthews, and on the inbounds play, Allen hit a three pointer.  Game over.

So ironic that once again it was Allen who, suffering through an awful night, became the hero.  The exact, and I mean exact thing happened last year when the two teams played in Boston.  On that night, Allen was 3 for 14, and 0 for 4 from three-point land, when he hit the game-clinching shot.  In this game, Allen ended 3 for 12, and hit his only three pointer with 10.7 seconds left.

The Trail Blazers were led, once again, by Wesley Matthews, who scored 23 points, including 5 of 7 from behind the three-point line.  I think he’ll be in the starting lineup for a while.  Andre Miller, who came alive in the second half, scoring 16 of his 20 points, was largely responsible for the dramatic rally late in the game.  Roy had 18, and LaMarcus Aldridge had 18.

The only downside of moving Matthews to the starting lineup is that the bench is now lacking punch.  In this game the Blazers’ second unit was 6 for 17, and managed just 14 points.  Someone, Nicolas Batum, Dante Cunningham, Rudy Fernandez, is going to have to shoulder more of the load.

We also saw a change in the second unit when Patty Mills got the most significant action of his Blazers’ career.  I have to give it to Mike Rice, who called this following Tuesday’s game.  He said Patty would get his shot, and he did in this game.  He played 8 minutes, recorded a couple of assists, and was solid.  I think we’ll see him continue to get the call for 8 to 12 minutes per game.

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

We’re off to Washington D.C. on Thursday, and Friday night take on the Wizards in the final game of this road trip. 

 

 

79 Comments

  1. Hi Mr. Barrett, thanks for the blog! I agree with you completely btw. Not a nice ending, in that we lost, but what a great return to decent, scrappy, heart-filled play in the fourth (and really, much of the game).

    I haven't said much, as I am on jury duty all week, so haven't had time, but I have been reading. It's interesting, to say the least, to read all the blogs and commentaries, without contributing. It's no secret around here that I love me some Celtic basketball. I must admit I was impressed with various aspects of both our game and our opponent's game. Nothing but all the respect in the world for Mr.Ray Allen....seriously. If he hadn't made that shot...we win. If Big Baby hadn't saved them a few times...we win. But I am far more satisfied to have seen us play hard the entire game and lose to a tough team to beat, then to see us lose playing with only minimal effort for half of the game. I saw a Blazer squad on the floor tonight, and that was something I had been missing!

    I would like to link two articles I thought were very interesting:

    http://www.portlandroundballsociety.com/home/2010/12/1/live-by-the-jumper-die-by-the-jumper.html.
    This one addresses the misperception about our jump-shooting ways, by the numbers :)

    http://nba-point-forward.si.com/2010/12/01/blazers-collapse-leaves-playoff-spot-open/
    Really great article about the impact of BRoy on our offense. I found it very interesting, so thought to share it.


    Roundball says this is our first 5-game-losing streak since......2007-2008! OUCH! Nevertheless....I have faith in this team.

    GO BLAZERS!!!!

    by EowynAmarie on 12/1/2010 9:54 PM
  2. Hi Mr. Barrett, thanks for the blog! I agree with you completely btw. Not a nice ending, in that we lost, but what a great return to decent, scrappy, heart-filled play in the fourth (and really, much of the game).

    I haven't said much, as I am on jury duty all week, so haven't had time, but I have been reading. It's interesting, to say the least, to read all the blogs and commentaries, without contributing. It's no secret around here that I love me some Celtic basketball. I must admit I was impressed with various aspects of both our game and our opponent's game. Nothing but all the respect in the world for Mr.Ray Allen....seriously. If he hadn't made that shot...we win. If Big Baby hadn't saved them a few times...we win. But I am far more satisfied to have seen us play hard the entire game and lose to a tough team to beat, then to see us lose playing with only minimal effort for half of the game. I saw a Blazer squad on the floor tonight, and that was something I had been missing!

    I would like to link two articles I thought were very interesting:

    http://www.portlandroundballsociety.com/home/2010/12/1/live-by-the-jumper-die-by-the-jumper.html.
    This one addresses the misperception about our jump-shooting ways, by the numbers :)

    http://nba-point-forward.si.com/2010/12/01/blazers-collapse-leaves-playoff-spot-open/
    Really great article about the impact of BRoy on our offense. I found it very interesting, so thought to share it.


    Roundball says this is our first 5-game-losing streak since......2007-2008! OUCH! Nevertheless....I have faith in this team.

    GO BLAZERS!!!!

    by EowynAmarie on 12/1/2010 9:58 PM
  3. It was a gritty performance by the team. They had energy, determination, and desire. Their defense was still lacking. A team like Boston that ends up shooting 57% for the game will usually win. The other difference was bench production. Blazers desperately need someone, ANYONE, to pick up the slack while the starters rest, even though I was encouraged by Mills' energy. You're right about the fact that if they played like this the other 2 nights, they're 2-1. Let's hope they can salvage this road trip on Friday in DC. With Joel returning, if they can play like they did tonight, then they'll definately salvage a win on this trip.

    KEEP ON BELIEVING, BLAZERMANIACS!!!!!

    by blazerdarren77 on 12/1/2010 10:09 PM
  4. At least it was close right? I am just happy that they had some fight left in them down the stretch. I agree with you about Matthews in the starting line up. I think he has definitely earned the right to stay there, but I think it hurts the team overall. Batum needs to start. It seems like that is the only way to get him going. Matthews can come in and score at any time. I just think if you sit him, there will be drama and complaining about playing time. But we might start winning again. You need bench support to win in this league (*cough* Heat) Anyways good to see the starters get back on the ball. Hope we can beat the Wizards at least!

    by CrazyRusty on 12/1/2010 10:11 PM
  5. Hey, I'm satisfied. This team took about a 90 degree turn in the right direction. The last 4 losses coming into this game were pathetic losses. Tonight, the Blazers scared the best team in the league.

    The Celtics shot 57%, and that really makes the defense look bad. But they had 10 turnovers at halftime, and turned the ball over a lot. It wasn't sloppy play by the Celtics, but it was great defense by the Blazers. I believe the Blazers got A LOT more shot attempts than the Celtics.

    I'm happy, and I think everyone should be after this performance as long as it continues. If we play this way every night, we're winning 95% of our games. 1-3 on an easy road trip isn't exactly good, but I'm fairly confident we can beat Washington after this game tonight, and that we could go from 10th seed (yeah, we're 10th seed) to 6th seed at least. But if we lose at Washington...

    Just in the mood of frustration... Thunder won another game tonight because of the refs. Yep, that game should have NEVER gone to triple OT. Nets won it in both the previous overtimes, but the refs gave the Thunder free throws. That to me is pathetic.

    by Herr on 12/1/2010 10:22 PM
  6. Yes, much happier with the fight the team gave. When I saw the score, I immediately knew that they had given a much better effort this time around. It's great to see Wes playing well, though I love Nic's game, but as long as Wes is doing well, yeah, I think it is a good idea to keep him in the starting line-up. Let's hope we can get over the hump vs. the Wizards. Thanks for the blog Mike.

    by Anees on 12/1/2010 11:46 PM
  7. wow i am happy with this game. We just almost beat probably a champion ship contender this year. What i dont understand is this how do you lose a game were 4 of your guys are dang near 20 plus points impossible if you would as me on any giving night. BENCH you need to step up. Cho you need to do something about this. I miss martell alot. I love that we gave mills a shot i would like to see more of that. I just think he is more seasoned than armon right now. Lets give babbit a shot. Rudy did a good job tonight but something has happen to batum and it happend befor he got benched.

    I love having wesely in the starting role there is just to much scoring option to double team as much any more. he works well with brandon and lamarcus. and i think he makes the miller brandon situation better as well. Now if we could just get our bench to pick up some slack. Joel I need u back man. need to get those rebounds for those second chance points.

    Camby needs a rest he is looking so tired. and beat up. it couldnt help gaurding lopez and shaq in the same week. Joel is a monster of a man so he will be able to take up alot of slack. I would be surprised if joel doesnt end up starting some were down the road again. He is just so solid. And nate loves him. Then again Marcus and lamarcus have a connection so Maybe not. We would miss that.
    any way good game blazers you can finaly pick your head back up. and i agree with mike if we played like this against Nets and sixers it would have been a W

    by Avgjoe28 on 12/2/2010 12:19 AM
  8. wow i am happy with this game. We just almost beat probably a champion ship contender this year. What i dont understand is this how do you lose a game were 4 of your guys are dang near 20 plus points impossible if you would as me on any giving night. BENCH you need to step up. Cho you need to do something about this. I miss martell alot. I love that we gave mills a shot i would like to see more of that. I just think he is more seasoned than armon right now. Lets give babbit a shot. Rudy did a good job tonight but something has happen to batum and it happend befor he got benched.

    I love having wesely in the starting role there is just to much scoring option to double team as much any more. he works well with brandon and lamarcus. and i think he makes the miller brandon situation better as well. Now if we could just get our bench to pick up some slack. Joel I need u back man. need to get those rebounds for those second chance points.

    Camby needs a rest he is looking so tired. and beat up. it couldnt help gaurding lopez and shaq in the same week. Joel is a monster of a man so he will be able to take up alot of slack. I would be surprised if joel doesnt end up starting some were down the road again. He is just so solid. And nate loves him. Then again Marcus and lamarcus have a connection so Maybe not. We would miss that.
    any way good game blazers you can finaly pick your head back up. and i agree with mike if we played like this against Nets and sixers it would have been a W

    by Avgjoe28 on 12/2/2010 12:19 AM
  9. dnag it did not mean to do that by the way Lakers have now lost 4 in a row so dont feel to down guys.

    by Avgjoe28 on 12/2/2010 12:20 AM
  10. Great to hear from you again.

    I watched the game, then had to leave straight to work. On the car radio, I heard Wheels say there was no moral victories in the NBA, but this felt like one. I agree completely. When you lose your game you don't get it back all at once you do it one step at a time. This was the first step in building confidence. We will get it back

    hg

    by Hg on 12/2/2010 1:14 AM
  11. Mills might not have done to bad, but once Miller went to the bench and Mills came in we dug a hole and once Miller came back in we dug out of it. I'm really impress by Miller, but I wish he wasn't so worried about them getting a two when only a 3 reallly killed us giving them a 4 point lead. If he hadn't left his man they might not even have went to Lewis or at least he could contest it.

    Anyway, much better game, but now what counts is how they react to this loss. Do they go back to their old ways or keep the intensity through the 4th quarter?

    by mgb on 12/2/2010 3:21 AM
  12. Nice game, hope we are in the right direction now...

    by Tiago Torigoe on 12/2/2010 4:16 AM
  13. Nice to see the rally and the effort. Lets hope the effort continues but when the opponent shoots almost 60% and our other opponents shoot their highest %'s the defense isn't doing much. We have a history of playing up to good teams and down to poor teams. I hope this is more of a change in our direction.

    by Ancientone on 12/2/2010 4:58 AM
  14. Did Mike Barrett really say last night, with 1:30 left in the first half, that Paul Pierce "could take out a knife and use it and still complain"? This about a guy who was nearly murdered by such?

    Is that really the level of class and rhetoric we expect from the Blazers' announcers?

    by jctilman on 12/2/2010 7:37 AM
  15. Much better effort.Those looked more like the FIGHTING Blazers.I can handle a loss where we played with some heart.
    BTW,Did we forget who Ray Allen is ? I still think Defense or not that we need to get LB weaned and on the court.He might be the best shooter on the team.
    Here are a few Brandon facts I read this morning.

    decent rate but well below the 6.5 attempts he earned per 36 minutes last season and the 6.3 he put up in 2008-09. Overall, Portland ranks 27th in free throws per field-goal attempt; it ranked fifth last season.

    2. He’s not attacking the rim as much. This isn’t a surprise, because Roy has openly talked about conserving his energy and health by scaling back his drives. Roy is attempting just 4.7 shots per game from within 10 feet, down from 5.3 last season and 7.4 the year before. The drop is even steeper if you consider only shots at the rim.

    3. His assist rate has plummeted. This is the most telling difference in Roy, who, in peak condition, can be counted on to assist on roughly 25 percent of Portland’s baskets while on the court. That’s an elite number for someone who isn’t a point guard, and it previously allowed Portland’s point men (Steve Blake and Andre Miller) to pick their spots instead of serving as the fulcrum of Portland’s offense.
    Jus Sayin.

    by DowntownVinnie on 12/2/2010 7:42 AM
  16. Yeah 500, That would be cool to meet for a beer at the game.looking forward to it.

    by DowntownVinnie on 12/2/2010 7:43 AM
  17. 500.I'll be in 207,tall, skinny ,Silver white goatee, White Blazer hat , Red Rudy Jersey ,Cammo pants.

    by DowntownVinnie on 12/2/2010 7:55 AM
  18. oops cut off the Broy stuff ,sorry peops,
    He’s attempting 4.9 foul shots per 36 minutes, a decent rate but well below the 6.5 attempts he earned per 36 minutes last season and the 6.3 he put up in 2008-09. Overall, Portland ranks 27th in free throws per field-goal attempt; it ranked fifth last season.

    by DowntownVinnie on 12/2/2010 8:07 AM
  19. Gotta agree with the "Step in the Right Direction" crowd. Losing sucks, but at least this wasn't another humiliating loss. For advice on how to cope with the humiliating losses, refer to my latest fanpost on Blazers Edge.

    http://www.blazersedge.com/2010/12/1/1849644/how-to-enjoy-a-humilating-defeat

    by 500Dogs on 12/2/2010 8:18 AM
  20. DTV:

    Take a picture of yourself in your outfit and put it in your profile, I may be able to spot you if the cameras are scanning the crowd, plus 500dogs can spot you easier. Of course cellular’s work good too LOL. Wished I could be there. I wouldn't drink the 7 dollar beer, but would probably indulge in there five dollar soft drink.

    I think BRoy will get better as he adjust to a new style of playing, but if you think about it how could his assist rate stay up if no one can make a shot. A 11 pt quarter is pretty bad.

    I got quite a bit of encouragement from this game. We didn’t get the W, but I went to work feeling like we did. I had to listen to the Celtics announcers up here in Burns, but that was better then Wheels and tone on a radio that keeps fading out. I really do miss Mike and Mike on away games, and National televised games. I listen to the post game show with Wheels and Tone so all is not lost. Although, even in watching, I am finding out that quite a bit of my enjoyment of a game is hearing our crowd, listening to Mike and Mike or Wheels and Tone.

    I am getting to watch all the games and still bitching? It may be that I still show antipathy towards Comcast LOL.

    Hg

    by Hg on 12/2/2010 8:22 AM
  21. DTV,

    Roy's drop in assists is directly related to his drop in drives to the basket. If he isn't driving he isn't breaking down the D and passing out for a assist. Even if he gets double team away from the basket it usually takes two passes to get a good shot when that is the case.

    Hg,

    When looking at the benches Vinnie will be sitting to the right and up of the vistor's bench. Usually the best time to see that section is when someone is shooting a FT by the Blazers bench and they point the camera directly at the player. The section then is up over the right shoulder of the player shooting the FT. It's quite a ways away though so he'll have to wear something that really stands out to tell it's him.

    Check this out and the blinking handicap icon is where Vinnie will be sitting.

    http://www.tielmania.com/RG.gif

    by mgb on 12/2/2010 9:11 AM
  22. Not only will he have a red Rudy jersey but a red nose from the heighth LOL I will look for him.

    BRoy is a receiver of assist now, more then he is getting assist, which is still great.

    Hg

    by Hg on 12/2/2010 9:24 AM
  23. That isn't really that bad of a seat. It's on the second level and any seat on that level is pretty nice. Now the third level especially the last row is the nose bleed section.

    by mgb on 12/2/2010 9:33 AM
  24. HG and DTV,
    I hate to break it to you guys, but beer is closer to 9 bucks these days. Did y'all know we have to most expensive concessions in the NBA? Here's a little rant I had on Timbo's "The View" series from 11/26...

    As a regular customer of the Rose Garden, I can tell you, the concessions are a total rip off. It’s d(ang) near 9 bucks for a micro-brew that is brewed up the street! Seriously, Widmere Brothers Brewery is on Interstate and Russell (one MAX stop North of the RG). 9 bucks for a beer in Brewtopia!!! If there’s one thing Portland has going for it, it’s the beer. How can our most abundant local product be so expensive? It’s criminal, I tell ya. For this same reason I don’t go to McMeniman’s (that crap is brewed in the freaking basement and they charge like it came across the dang ocean!).

    Hearing that better teams in bigger cities charge less for tickets and concessions is shocking. Like a sucker, I’ll keep paying it because I love the experience, and it’s a great father-son thing (we got 11 game ticket packages—best thing we ever did for our friendship).

    by 500Dogs on 12/2/2010 9:40 AM
  25. all right, it was nice to see the rally and see the fight in this team. it's ironic that we played the celtics tougher than the previous four opponents.

    now, i'm going to play a little devil's advocate here. the rally would not have been necessary if we didn't go cold from the field for that 7-8 minute stretch at the end of the third quarter and beginning of the fourth. MB has said this, and it bears repeating: good teams make runs. i fully expected the celtics to make a run, but 19-2 is ridiculous. this is where Nate needs to use a timeout or two and slow the momentum. i believe he used one, but we let this thing get out of hand.

    i seriously thought we were in for another complete lackluster fourth quarter until just about the time Rudy hit his first three=pointer. i even felt confident that if boston's last shot (Allen's three) would have only been two that we could get a relatively good shot off and maybe tie the game. if we can build on this effort, then maybe we can close out this road trip with a victory over the wizards.

    of particular note:

    * it was almost like old times to see Rudy in the game in the fourt -- and late into the fourth. he did some very nice things while he was out there.

    * i was a bit surprised when i saw Patrick on the floor in the first half. i've got to give Patty Cakes some props for that kick-out pass to Wesley for the three-pointer at the end of the second quarter.

    * i was pleased that Sean played last night; it really helped us from a depth standpoint. boston has some big guys out there (i.e. Shaq, Big Baby) and i thought Sean battled them admirably.

    the schedule has been nuts this season, and while this losing streak is only five games, it seems like an eternity. we last won a game before i drove back home for a week. i'm ready for a win.

    the saying "misery loves company" must be true, because i feel better that the lakers are losing too!

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 12/2/2010 9:51 AM
  26. Sorry, should have included this in the last post...

    The most frugal way to have a good time at the RG is to find a restaurant along the MAX (my pop and I go to Pause) where the parking is free, then pay $2.05 for a ticket and ride to the game. Don't worry about buying a return ticket, because the crowd is so big, there's no way TriMet would bother checking tickets (believe me, I've been doing this for years). You'd be wise to get a little loaded before getting to there (we have a tequila shot and a beer or two). I still get dinged for a couple game beers, but I'm a glutton. Don't judge: I only have 11 games, so I try to make the most of 'em.

    The caveat to my recommendation is you gotta have somewhere to sleep it off. Drinking and driving is bad, mm-kay. FeReal.

    by 500Dogs on 12/2/2010 9:51 AM
  27. 500,

    I agree the prices at the RG is ridiculous! But I think one reason the beer is so expensive is to keep fans from consuming to much at a game if you know what I mean. :)

    by mgb on 12/2/2010 10:18 AM
  28. Kassandra:

    DTV, said it best, when the second unit came in doing both half’s we lost our lead. Camby got his knee dinged and while he was out Marks had to play big minutes against Shaq and Baby Huey. That was why they had the high shooting % also. Therefore when Joel finally gets back to shore up the second unit for rebounds, I am hoping that will lead to easier transition baskets, with Rudy, Batum and Dante and Mills or Armon you have a run and gun in the makings. I don't know if Nate will go with a full 10 player rotation. At least LMA shouldn't have to play quite so much center and even if he is in instead of Dante the run and gun would still be there with good d and good rebounding.

    It has seemed like an eternity since we won.

    Hg

    by Hg on 12/2/2010 10:18 AM
  29. MGB,
    No, I don't *hic* know what you *hic* mean.

    Beer and sports go together like peas and carrots. It should be free. Did you ever hear about the aborted plan to have Henry's pouring out of the Skidmore Fountain downtown? His offer was unfortunately declined by the city.

    Time to bring it back!

    by 500Dogs on 12/2/2010 10:28 AM
  30. Speaking of Beer, I owe MGB, two beers but I guarantee you they won't be RG beer.

    Hg

    by Hg on 12/2/2010 10:41 AM
  31. Great blog! Glad to see the guys show some fight! I am hoping it will carry over to the next game(s). Will be great to have Joel back

    by RedRudy5 on 12/2/2010 10:49 AM
  32. I thought they fought the good fight, last night, as opposed to the two games prior to that. Yes, it is a step in the right direction.

    by kaemicha on 12/2/2010 12:37 PM
  33. Yes, Kassandra, it is ironic that we played so much better last night than in our four previous games, but we've been doing that for several years now: playing both up to and down to the level of the competition! Just think, if we'd played that well against Jersey and Philly, we'd be 2-1 on this trip instead of 0-3. When are these guys going to wake up and figure that out?

    One more thing about our habitual play: Opening tip - Wesley drains a three from the corner - Rondo goes coast to coast for a layin after our made basket! WTF! If we'd had that two points at the end, it's a completely different situation -- we're shooting for a tie or win with 10.2 seconds left.

    Every possession counts guys, even at 11:30 of the first quarter.

    by dgpdx on 12/2/2010 2:06 PM
  34. Downtown Cammo Pants,

    I'm gonna be on the exact opposite side of the arena and a floor above you (321). Prolly won't work out. I'll keep an eye out for you though. I'll be wearing black Carhartts, a Batum jersey, and a beat-to-heck fedora. My pop will probably also be wearing Carhartts (likely green or gray), but rocks a red Fernandez jersey and a gray Rip City hat from Opening Night. He's almost 60, but looks 45, and I'm almost 30, but look 19 (good genes! If you're reading this, dad: thanks!).

    Hope to see ya there!

    by 500Dogs on 12/2/2010 2:26 PM
  35. 500Dogs: "Downtown Cammo Pants!" love that!

    hg: i think it's obvious that the complextion of the second unit will change once Joel returns ... or, at least when he really gets into the flow of things. one of the guys mentioned earlier in this blog or the previous one about the front line when Joel gets into rhythm. Marcus and Joel at center; LaMarcus and Dante at pf; with Sean coming in at either position in the event of foul trouble. that doesn't sound bad to me.

    dgpdx: i read a commentary a while back talking about teams playing up to or down to their opponents. a lot of teams do it, in a lot of sports. it's unfortunate that the blazers are amongst them, but you're correct: we've been doing it for a while now. i also can't help but wonder if that's part of the lakers' problem right now.

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 12/2/2010 4:58 PM
  36. Did anyone else see that Andre Miller rebound in the first half? He was literally sandwiched between Kevin Garnett and Glen Davis and still came out with the ball! Gotta love his rebounding skills, cant say enough about that!

    Heard someone else say this and I agree, I've really been noticing the last week a lot of our production does go down when Andre Miller comes out! He just has so much poise and knows where the ball needs to be and gets it there! I’ve been starting to notice more double teams thrown at him lately as well and maybe I’m blind but is there anybody else that can make a shot between the hoop and high school three other than Andre and Lamarcus? We need more midgame! I know jump shots are not the most high percentage shots but I feel we need to mix it up more and be less predictable!

    I like Mills getting playing time and I really want that to continue! Armon Looks like a chicken with his head cut off running around until he makes it to the rim or passes it off with 8 seconds left in the shot clock for a forced shot! I’m not sold on either one but with the speed both of them possess there’s not a lot of players that can stay in front of them and I’d like to see one of them start to capitalize on that more without always going to the basket!

    What I’ve seen from Armon is he’s always braking all the way to the basket or passing it off and what we need is a back up PG with 3 options when he gets past his man! Andre can dish, shoot, and take it to the hole but I haven’t seen Armon pull up and take the shot when he beats his man, he just throws his body at the defender and hopes his lay up goes in. Might not be in his arsenal or maybe just doesn’t have the green light on shots like that but we NEED our back up PG to be able to do just that! Instead of ramming it in on the bigs when he beats his man pull up and start nailin shots around the free throw line, or start busting some Westbrook floaters! It will make the bigs have to come away from the hoop to help guard which will open it up for Aldridge and others down low! At the beginning of the season Armon was getting to the hoop and scoring but lately he’s been getting stuffed a lot down low and I think that’s attributed to not mixing it up and keeping the defense guessing! For now I’d like to see more of what Patty Mills can do! But either way we need a back up PG to get his stuff together and quick!

    by AK Blazer on 12/2/2010 5:53 PM
  37. Great blog Mike B, I couldn't of wrote it better myself. I could not believe that 3 from Allen at the end. Come on, he was not on his game all night long and than that. Just like last years heart breaker in Boston, and at the hands of Allen again. We really need someone to step up off the bench and lead our second unit, they don't have Matthews to do that anymore. I really thought Nic was going to step up last night, especially after that monster dunk. Over all it was a good game for the team, and we would be 2-1 on this road trip if we would of played like this in the other two games. I agree with the Patty Mills move and thought he was a decent backup. Man he is fast! As always I have to give it to our starters for having a great game, Matthews again had an awesome game. We are lucky to have such a young player that knows the game so well (in my opinion). He was a great addition. Thanks again for the blog.

    by Kraydayz on 12/2/2010 7:44 PM
  38. When Joel comes back he rebounds well,is an intimidating defender (hopefully goodbye 60% shooting for opponents) , but remember this guy sets some of the best screens in the NBA. The offense should be drooling to get him back.

    by Ancientone on 12/3/2010 7:16 AM
  39. i'm going to piggyback off of the information that ben golliver at BE excerpted from a kevin pelton article on basketball prospectus.

    the gist:
    when camby is in at center the blazers are +2 per 100 possessions,
    when lamarcus is in at center the blazers are +5.1 per 100 possessions, and,
    when oberto/marks are in at center the blazers are -38 per 100 possessions.

    the easy to extrapolate points
    -marks should be used as a 4 exclusively once joel is back
    -lamarcus should spend more time at the 5
    -joel could play 12min of break even basketball at the 5 with the reserves and it would be a huge upgrade

    i think a lot of us have been seeing this with the "eye test" during games, and commenting on it, but this puts it to a sharp point. we need some shepard fairey style obey stickers with joel's face (instead of andre the giant, you know what i'm talkin' about) 7'1" 250lbs pryzbilla has a posse.

    the wizards are going to get smashed tonight, and it will be the first of many...

    by reverse on 12/3/2010 11:15 AM
  40. the blazer fans of the barrett blog humbly request of the vanilla gorilla, bring us the blocks, bring us the rebounds, bring us the presence...

    go blazers

    by reverse on 12/3/2010 11:31 AM
  41. on the +/- thing with the centers again, i didn't see the game, but the big 15-0 run in boston seems to have come with aldridge at the 5 spot.

    this also feeds my running (for a few seasons now) theory that portland needs a 4/5 combo type to run with lamarcus for the long term.

    by reverse on 12/3/2010 11:52 AM
  42. A while back there was talk going around on ESPN, etc., about who would you pick first if you were starting an NBA team today and could take any players you wanted. Most people picked Kevin Durant or LeBron James. My pick -- Blake Griffin.

    This guy is the real deal. He can score, rebound, pass, defend, set great picks, and he does it all while totally in control of himself. He's not flashy but man does he get the job done. The dude is so smooth and efficient he's like a bigger version of Oscar Robertson.

    Who's your pick?
    --
    don

    by dgpdx on 12/3/2010 3:40 PM
  43. is coach giving sean marks some run with the 1st unit to improve his =/- ?!?

    by reverse on 12/3/2010 4:30 PM
  44. i meant +/- ;)

    by reverse on 12/3/2010 4:31 PM
  45. sean marks +10 after the 1st qtr

    by reverse on 12/3/2010 4:42 PM
  46. TravisD:

    I think Camby had to leave the game. Marks is doing OK, but Joel is doing great. One dunk, drew one foul and blocked out on a rebound but lost the ball.

    Hg

    by Hg on 12/3/2010 5:11 PM
  47. moving screen/hold by hinrich called as LA's 4th foul around 7:30 in the 3rd.

    total BS

    by reverse on 12/3/2010 5:35 PM
  48. Which team was the one playing down to their competition? This game reminded me of a good old fashioned Harlem Globe Trotters' game. Except both teams were the Washington Generals. Let's just shorten the game up to three quarters, and be like the big three of Miami and just "chill". If this seasons' dynasty started with a chill then I'm gonna have friggin' pneumonia by Christmas. This team needs to find an identity, any identity, and fast.

    by Phi Slamma on 12/3/2010 6:42 PM
  49. a few honest observations to go along with my frustration

    b-roy doesn't have the power to close games right now. the team needs to develop a different plan than the brandon roy clear out. i've held out joining the chorus on this, but...

    i have to be honest about my initial impressions the moment they showed marcus camby's face on the screen just before tip-off. i'll first note that i was watching on a huge projection screen. he was either sick or hung over. when he got pulled 3 minutes in, my guess between those two became a little stronger. i'm making a huge assumption here, but i think i'm safe in being a bit disappointed.

    seeing joel back was great. seeing him play 20 quality minutes with 4pts 7rebs(3off) 1asst 1stl a good hard foul, a dunk and a timely put-back was heartening. he set one screen in particular where it looked like one of the washington players disappeared. joel was the highlight of the night for sure.

    the blazers need to shorten their rotation. if andre, brandon, wesley, LA and marcus are the starters, they need to have four main subs (joel, nic, rudy, & patty) and three spot players, as in 2-5 situational minutes (sean, dante & armon). you can't play 11 guys ten minutes or more. the problem all along has been not enough bigs. now that sean and joel are back, some of the pgs/wings have to take a reduced role (nic, rudy, armon & patty).

    the last couple of weeks have been really tough to watch. i still think they will sort things out, but it certainly isn't happening as quickly as anyone hoped. the aldridge/roy pick and pop on the wing needs to be used in the 4th, not the iso plays. they also need to have 3rd and 4th options scripted on this play, not just shots from brandon and lamarcus.

    by reverse on 12/3/2010 7:58 PM
  50. I had forgotten how much I missed Joel. When he flattened Arenas, I almost cried. Welcome back, Przy. In case tonight's loss didn't make it clear: we've needed you.

    by 500Dogs on 12/3/2010 8:54 PM
  51. So I wonder how many different mutations the lineup is going to suffer before Roy comes off the bench?

    Neither Mathews or Roy are SFs, so we're back to McMillan's infamous three-guard lineup that sent the team into a nosedive this time last year. It's Blake/Miller all over again, only this season it's the SG position. Brandon Roy is still a great player, he's just not a franchise player. Day by day, LaMarcus is growing into that guy (15 Rebs tonight), and Brandon needs to step aside.

    Wesley will probably never be the player that Roy was (just look at tonight), but that's not the point. He doesn't have to be. LaMarcus is the head honcho now. If Mathews can just bring defensive intensity, bury the open three, and charge the rim every now and again, that's all we need from that position. I think he can push his scoring average up to 15 PPG, and inch his rebounding average to 5 RPG. If he has an occasional 20+ Pt performance, all the better. That's enough. Especially if Batum hits his stride.

    Before the game, I added up the games that Batum showed up for (12 before tonight), and saw that he was shooting 50% on his way to averaging 16 Pts and 5 Rebs. The 6 games he didn't show up for (2 after Lucas' death, and 4 since Roy's return) were abysmal, but from all that we've seen of Nico it's obviously an anomaly. If he continues to improve and finds his stride, I think he can push those numbers up to 18 and 8.

    So if Mathews and Batum can give a little more and keep it consistent, they can combine for around 30 points and 10 rebounds. If Camby, LMA and Miller hold their current averages, that's another 38 Pts and 21 Rebs, combining for 68 Pts and 31 Rebs from the starters alone on an average night, and that's without Roy. If he can scrape together another 15-20 Pts off the bench, we'll be doing alright. Throw in a few decent performances from Armon (not Patty), Dante and Joel and that's the ballgame.

    by 500Dogs on 12/3/2010 9:31 PM
  52. Get rid of Nate please. He lost control of the team. Just fire him. No words for this loss. Blazers are pathetic this year

    by Herr on 12/3/2010 11:01 PM
  53. i'm trying to get a grip on this all. they obviously should have gotten a game or two on this trip. they are now 4-3 at home and 4-8 on the road. will home games help give them better second half shooting? if scripting minutes, i'd think it'd look like this now that the center position is as filled as it will get:

    pg andre 36min patty 12min
    sg brandon 32min rudy 12min wesley 4min
    sf wesley 32min nic 16min
    pf lamarcus 36min dante 12min
    c marcus 30min joel 18min

    the 3 guard rotation is not the answer.

    i also think that the logjam this year is at sg.

    i'd make rudy the back-up pg, but that doesn't jive with how coach nate does things (i absolutely do not think the coach is the problem right now BTW). in other words, finding minutes for patty and armon is not the answer. getting nic and wesley more minutes is. you do this by getting rudy out of the sg and sf rotations. if gm cho is reading this, now is the time to clear roster space (AGAIN) from the sg/sf spots. also, if we draft another bunch of guards/wings in the next draft i'll puke. draft big bodies and develop them, year after year. if babbitt were 20lbs heavier, he'd have been playing until joel got back.

    trying the rotation again, it'd look like this:

    pg andre 36min rudy 12min
    sg brandon 32min wesley 16min
    sf wesley 20min nic 28min
    pf lamarcus 36min dante 12min
    c marcus 30min joel 18min

    in the event of foul trouble or end of quarter type circumstances, you add other guys in spot minutes. this is a solid 9 man rotation, and the only guy that is filling 2 different positions is wesley. this keeps roles and expectations clear.

    by reverse on 12/4/2010 1:09 AM
  54. Well, Well, Well, I guess by now everyone wants to blow the team up! Where's Kevin P. Ownership is responsible of where we're at. Here are the names of those that helped bring this yeam out of it's worst era: Outlaw, Blake, Martell, and KP. With that many changes what do you expect. This is a new team not the team that won 55 games. The general manager must do something to open up the VULCAN'S WALLET. We tried t get a couple of players and fell to do so because of money. In that case keep what you have, but we didn't. Mr. fourth quarter is gone. We have a very weak bench. The fourth quarter is the hardest quarter because of a weak bench. We still need a back up pg. We still need a back up pf. We gave away three players and a general manager in hopes of a championship? We are getting what we deserve. The bench can't do the job. Money for proven players is key. How many games in the fourth quarter did outlaw pull out? How many time did blake break the back of opposing teams with a timely three. How many games did teams have to keep a close eye on Martell. What has happen is we have no out side threat therefore they pack the key not allow our team shots in the key. Roy can't break down five inside. OPEN THE WALLET AND GET THE TWO PLAYER THIS TEAM NEEDS. A backup PF and a backup PG. Othere wise they can't expect very many wins with the second team we have. It wasn't long ago that we were one of the deepest teams. Now we're weak and we must begin to face that face. I like the players we have, but MANAGEMENT MUST BEGIN LOOKING AT OUR LINEUP!

    by civilhold on 12/4/2010 3:30 AM
  55. After reading what I just wrote I must say I'm sorry for the many spelling mistakes.

    by civilhold on 12/4/2010 3:37 AM
  56. its been along night but + 10 with marks ...in not so sure.

    we have spots of good basketball but thats about it. All will come together , better now then later. GO BLAZERS

    by Miller on 12/4/2010 5:53 AM
  57. The minute breakdown I see...

    PG: Miller-30, Brandon-9, Armon-9
    SG: Wesley-30, Brandon-18
    SF: Nicolas-35, Dante-13
    PF: LaMarcus-35, Dante-7, Marks-6
    C: Camby-24, Przybilla-24

    This has Brandon and Armon splitting the backup PG minutes, which I think would be a great way to keep the 2nd unit under control, while continuing to invest in Armon as a player. My reasoning here is that...

    a) Brandon wants the ball, give it to him.

    b) Armon is easily twice the player that Patty is.

    c) Brandon is not a SF. This fact is what broke down the three-guard lineup last year.

    To get into these points; BRoy has always been a ball-dominant combo guard, so why not put him in a position to maximize that ability? The 2nd unit I've outlined (Armon, Roy, Dante, Marks, Przybilla) would be pretty dang good at slowing down the pace when the starters are out, and protecting a lead. We'll still need to replace Marks with a veteran banger, but he can bury some jumpers in the meantime. Every other player compliments each other well, and there would be nobody competing with Roy for touches. When he wants to play off-ball, he can hand it to Armon who will always defer.

    At this point, winning games is not the priority--developing the next generation is. So riding Roy, LMA and Camby until they break, just to improve our dismal record, is not productive. Now is the time to see how much production we can get out of Batum, Mathews, Dante and Armon. If by season's end, all we've got is a bunch of banged up has-beens and a flock of inexperienced rookies, what did this season mean? Absolutely nothing. Look to the future, Nate.

    by 500Dogs on 12/4/2010 10:27 AM
  58. This is getting ugly and I have a difficult time imagining it's going to turn around anytime soon. No one is having fun and Nate's offensive system is boring and predictable. Yep, this is the same song everyone else is singing too.

    I can say the say the same things he does. "You need to execute and make shots. We need to make stops. It's important to take care of the ball. Play hard. Communicate with each other. Hit the open shot."

    I'd be pissed if I had to hear that over and over and over again with the result ending in loss after loss after loss. The message is simple but our problem is much more complex.

    It's time for a change. I'm jumping on the "fire Nate" bandwagon. And I don't expect a new coach to turn things around immediately because I understand it takes time to install a new system. Nate has had his time.

    Of the 6 losses we've recently had Utah and the Celtics were decent games. The problem is how lost the other four games.

    I hope we turn this thing around now and I can eat my words but I don't think that's gonna happen. We're in a pretty sad state.

    Go Blazers!

    by thedanman on 12/4/2010 7:04 PM
  59. I'm usually a Nate defender, but I think the team is no longer listening to him so a change might be a good idea. Hate to do it during a season, but early is better than later.

    by mgb on 12/4/2010 7:11 PM
  60. Seems to me there are two ways to go in the NBA regarding offense:

    (1) Install a system and draft/sign players who fit that system and will buy into it. That's what Phil Jackson has done with the Triangle in both Chicago and LA as one example.

    (2) Devise a system to fit the players you have.

    I don't see the Blazers doing either one and maybe that's the problem. We've got an all-star who likes to control the ball in the half court and we've got some race horses who like to get out and run. Judging from recent results, we're neither one of those kinds of teams at the moment.

    The team is going through BRoy withdrawal right now. They need to learn to finish without the guy who has carried them down the stretch for three years. I think Brandon can still be a productive player but no longer as the guy with the ball in late game situations.

    Time for a re-evaluation of the entire organization and its future plans.
    --
    don


    by dgpdx on 12/4/2010 11:13 PM
  61. Tonight's the night, folks; the Blazers will end their losing skid with a "W" against the Clips. Blake "Toast of the Town" Griffin will get handed his butt by a composed Blazers team itching to prove that they've still got what it takes to challenge the best and brightest. Whoever is featured in the starting 5 will give everything that's asked of them, and put together a decent effort.

    That's all that's needed to win a home game against a poor team: a decent effort. Give that at least and it'll be a good day to be a Blazer.

    by 500Dogs on 12/5/2010 9:03 AM
  62. 500dogs:

    Have you noticed that we have slowed down or stopped almost all our opponents STARS. and dared the rest of the team to beat us in which they do. Therefore it is not Griffin I worry about, it is the supporting staff. Which one will have a season high game against us?

    Hg

    by Hg on 12/5/2010 9:11 AM
  63. HG,
    The non-Griffin Clip that usually goes off on us is Chris Kaman, but the Camby/Przybilla tandem should shut him down but good.

    by 500Dogs on 12/5/2010 9:29 AM
  64. 500dogs

    Good point. I hope you are right. I felt a victory against Washington and was wrong,

    I feel a defeat tonight; maybe I will be wrong two games in a row.

    EOWYN AMARIE: what is your pick for tonight’s game? I hope you picked the Blazers because if choose different you are nearly always right.

    The front office being so quit really has me worried; I hope it is just because it is a week-end. Nevertheless, the front office not coming out to support Nate in his time of need is worrisome.

    Hg

    by Hg on 12/5/2010 9:44 AM
  65. dead week, so i've been studying and participating in a couple of events. now on the the game.

    obviously, the highlight of the wizards game was Joel's return. i wasn't too sure what we'd see; i actually thought it would be some rust, but as i followed this game on gamecast, it looked like he was in there battling like we expected him to do -- two weeks after his debut. i was concerned about his playing time the first game back, which came in just under 20 minutes (thought it'd be about half that), but it was a very solid 20 minutes; four points, seven boards, an assist and a steal -- great numbers for Joel on this night. he picked up three fouls, which is to be expected at that position, but here's the big stat: zero turnovers. i greatly look forward to seeing him back.

    we had yet another fourth-quarter letdown, only this one came in the third quarter. it doesn't surprise me that there's a lull in a game, but 10 points in a quarter is simply unacceptable.

    we only shot 33.3 percent for the game and only 28.6 percent from behind the arc. that's simply not going to get it done. only two blazers attempted free throws -- 12 in total -- compared to washington's 26 attempts.

    Nicolas showed some nice signs, hitting half of our three pointers, grabbing six rebounds and scoring 11 points. i've never been in favor of benching him in favor of starting Wesley. obviously, that strategy has failed. it's time to end that experiment immediately.

    i've seen a couple people's rotation and player projections. it's interesting, though as i said above, Nicolas should start. i've mentioned previously that if we're so concerned about Brandon's mobility and knees, then we should avoid playing him at pg. that's just plain common sense as it applies to the situation. with all that in mind, here's my rotation/playing time as it stands currently, and as it takes into account the current theme of the team:

    pg -- Andre (32), Patrick (8), Rudy (8).
    sg -- Brandon (35), Rudy (10), Wesley (3).
    sf -- Nicolas (30), Wesley (18).
    pf -- LaMarcus (36), Dante (12).
    c -- Marcus (26), Joel (22)

    that's a 10-man rotation (which Nate seems to prefer) and it maximizes our players' talents as well as the need to rely on some players more than we should.

    tonight ... let's win this thing over the clippers.

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 12/5/2010 10:17 AM
  66. HG,
    Everything's been quiet. The only action on the message boards has been a load of "Fire Nate" Fanposts, and trade proposals. I'll be honest, I'm a little nervous. Personally, I think the team is fine (save the need for a veteran backup PF), it's just a matter of rotation. Folks seem to have forgotten that this roster, and this coach, has been winning big the last two seasons, and the only difference is Roy's knees.

    I think what's been going on is merely a case of the wind falling out of the sails. The consecutive deaths of Maurice Lucas and our dreams of a championship under the steam of Oden and Roy have been a real gut-check for this team, and it's led to this skid. My short-term solution is well-known (bench Roy); there's no reason to blow up the team or fire the coach. Maybe in the long term, we'll find that Nate isn't the right guy, but I don't think that time is here yet. He figured out what to do last year (bench Blake), and I'm sure he'll get wise this year too.

    He just has too much respect for his guards to act quickly on such a touchy subject. I wish he had as much respect for his SFs, but he was a guard when he played and was bounced in favor of Payton. I really think that's where his reluctance stems from: a desire not to inflict that same pain on someone else.

    If Nate ever wants to be the great coach he has the potential to be, he'll need to get over that and find some fire, some verve, some passion, and let that stoic, paternal, hesitant attitude fall by the wayside. In other words: he needs to buck up and make the hard choices (a good start would be getting a few more "T"s by standing up for his players). It's that, or get canned.

    by 500Dogs on 12/5/2010 10:42 AM
  67. Kassandra:

    I am not disagreeing with your line-up, but Nate loves that three guard line-up and going small, that will probably put LMA at the 5 for a while. Not sure if I agree with that or not. LMA needs some time to breathe. I am not to hung ho about Rudy playing anywhere right now, but not sure anybody else can play better.

    We need Rudy making threes in Nate inside outside game. or at least somebody. I go by the theory of live by it die by it, but in Nate's style of offense it is vital for somebody to make constants threes or at least outside shots. That would give Dre and LMA a better chance at scoring.

    Anyway that is my take on the line-up and we all could use a win to change things around. Hopefully it will be tonight.

    Do you have any opinions on the team trying to get Nate fired as is suggested at OR-Live and BE? I don't think it is that, but it sure appears they are throwing the game for one quarter on purpose. Anyway, I feel something is happening, or maybe I just can't buy the fact that we became that bad all at once. Even with BRoy's change in game, we should be able to win one of the last 4 games.

    Hg

    by Hg on 12/5/2010 10:42 AM
  68. Kassandra,
    I hear ya on Dead Week; I haven't had a second to scratch my butt until this morning.

    Looking over your rotation, it occurs to me that I totally spaced Rudy! Goes to show the damage that his off-season attitude has done. If I had to give him some minutes, I guess it would be a few at PG and SF in the 2nd unit, at the expense of Armon and Dante.

    I don't get the sudden shift in loyalty to Patty Mills around here. He had one decent quarter in his entire career and suddenly he's a better option than Armon? The only reason he's getting the nod is to motivate Armon to improve.

    Seriously, Patty Mills' best night: 3-10 for 7 Pts, 6 Ast, 3 Stl, 3 TO.

    AJ's best night: 4-4 for 10 Pts, 5 Ast, 2 Rebs, 1 TO

    About the same, except Armon has size, doesn't jack up 10 shots for 7 Pts, and hangs hit hat on defense. Not to mention, AJ's best game was in a victory over the Bucks, while Patty's came in a loss against THE WIZZ!!! Armon started getting sloppy, turning the ball over, making some rookie mistakes, so Nate benched him to get his head right.

    Patty is an extension of Blaze the Trailcat--no more, no less. Now let's tune in for another episode of Patty Cakes and forget this silly notion that he's the backup PG.

    by 500Dogs on 12/5/2010 11:46 AM
  69. hg: i'm not saying that Nate will go for my lineup (though, with bias, i think he should!). Nate prefers the 10-man rotation so i went with that in mind. Rudy has shown glimmers of his shooting ability, but it's like we have no real plays or sets for the second unit. it at least doesn't seem like that as i watch the games. i'd rather not see LaMarcus play center unless absolutely necessary. i think Marcus and Joel can split time there for 48 minutes and we'll be just fine.

    i don't think the team is trying to lose on purpose to get Nate fired. i can't imagine the guys doing that. it just doesn't make sense to me. something which sticks out to me is something Nate said after the game friday night: "they're just not listening to me." i think the team has lost a lot of confidence in Nate, but i don't think there's anything deliberate going on. let's face it, on the other sites (and the message boards here) people love to speculate on this or that, and with a six-game losing streak, a lot of speculation is headed the way of the coach.

    that being said, if Nate is no longer effective as coach, then a change may be in order. in private messages i've even speculated a bit with a friend here about who might take over should Nate be replaced. i don't want to bring that here, but my choice makes a lot of sense to me, and i think it would be a popular one.

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 12/5/2010 12:32 PM
  70. 500Dogs: i put Dante in only at pf becasue we're still not deep enough up front for him to get his minutes at sf. Rudy still gets about 18 minutes with my rotation, and Wesley gets his 21 minutes behind Nicolas. in my mind, Wesley doesn't deserve more time until he proves he can be consistent. he's had some nice games, but he's had some flops as well.

    i understand what you're saying about the new loyalties to Patrick. the fact is, he's a fan favorite and those who follow him on twitter have generally grown to like him as a person. i think inserting him into the second unit is in response to that unit's difficulties on offense. Patty is more of an offensive pg, so i think that's what's behind the decision. i don't think we can say he's devoid of defense; that was a really nice steal and breakaway against the wizards (video on nba-dot-com's recap of the game). i put him into my rotation becasue he's the one who's been playing that role the past couple of gtames. Armon could easily be inserted in his place. i do think we need to extablish who that backup pg is, then set that part of the rotation accordingly.

    i don't know if i needed to know the frequency of your butt scratches, but yeah, this is a very busy time for me. i had conferences all week and there were some dead week events in my dorm in which i participated. one more day of studying and here we go. three -- count 'em -- three finals tomorrow!

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 12/5/2010 12:46 PM
  71. Kass,
    3 finals in a day?!? Yowzers. Well, at least you'll have them outta the way. I've got one tomorrow, then another Tuesday. My third was weeks ago, which was nice.

    I don't do Twitter, but I'm sure Patty is charming as all get out; those Aussies are a riot. I appreciate his speed and ability to drop 3s in bunches, but he lacks the cool head that first appealed to me about Armon. Either way, you're right: we need to either choose between the two, or sign a backup PG. Our 2nd unit is hurting and needs a solid rotation.

    As far as your mystery coach, are you planning on stealing Sloan away from Utah? I know you and EA were singing his praises not long ago. If so, you better put together one heck of a Christmas wreath for him (complete with toxic, front-loaded contract! No, fruit-cake doesn't count), because he's been in Utah forever. Other than him, I know you and Dave are after Adelman again, which you'd have decent shot at, considering the state of affairs in Houston. Personally, I like Popovich (so surly!), but we'd have a rough time pulling him away from one of the hottest teams in the NBA.

    by 500Dogs on 12/5/2010 1:33 PM
  72. 500Dogs: three finals monday, one tuesday and one thursday. i've completeled final papers in the other two classes. after thursday, winter break starts!

    the coach i'm thinking of is not a current head coach, but has nba head coaching experience, is available and i think would be a good fit. i know you don't do messages and such here, but if you really want to know, send me a message at this site and i'll tell more.

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 12/5/2010 2:55 PM
  73. Crap, I got possible Jury duty tuesday andI just spent a bunch of cash seeing The Black Crowes at the Schnitz Fiday,the staying Saturday at the Madera as well.Point being is that now I can't possibly go to Tuesday's game.So, I have two tickets I can't use and unless I express mail them,I can't do anything with them.ARRRRRGGGGHHH

    by DowntownVinnie on 12/5/2010 4:28 PM
  74. DTV,
    Craigslist, mang. I'm sure there's someone down in The Euge' that could make the trip to see the Blazers get their swerve back against PHX.

    by 500Dogs on 12/5/2010 9:49 PM
  75. Finally got the monkey off our back. We still needed all the help we could get and fortunately the Clips gave it to us.

    Camby played like a man possessed! We get that from him most nights and we could turn this season around yet. Not counting on that yet though...
    --
    don

    by dgpdx on 12/5/2010 9:51 PM
  76. thanx 500, we'll beer another time,too.

    by DowntownVinnie on 12/5/2010 10:05 PM
  77. That felt like the longest game of the season. I actually bet it was. Mike, you got the minute count for how long the broadcast was? I felt like I was watching a saga out there.

    By. The. Skin. Of. Our. Teeth.

    Goodness gracious, am I glad that's over. This was a hard fought night, and I'm not just talking about the fisticuffsmanship. It was ugly, brutal, and bloody. It was like arena out there; gladiators fighting not to die. Another 2nd half collapse. Let's get right into it.

    The Clippers took LaMarcus out of his game in a big way. 4 Pts, 5 Rebs, fouled out. That's rough. It seems like every one of these recent games, somebody hasn't shown up and it's always somebody new. That's teamwork.

    Dante Cunningham: 0-2, 1 Reb. Umm... That's not gonna cut it fella. So who do the Blazers turn to at PF? Nicolas Batum? Huh? The lanky kid that stands around and shoots threes? 10 Pts, 14 Reb (!), +10 (team high). Thanks, Nico. That was fantastic, and bless your heart for jacking up all those shots (4-12). Now let's working on doing that again and again and again. I really don't think it's unrealistic to expect 18 and 8 out of him.

    SO...how about those guards?

    Andre: 13 Pts, 9-9 FT, 6 Ast, and 5 Stl. Was definitely the heartbeat tonight; kind of an irregular heartbeat (-2), but a pulse none the same. Patty hit a couple timely 3s. That's something we should be able to count on from him and it was good to see. Still looked frantic, but good enough.

    Wesley Mathews: 10-19, 26 Pts. 'Nuff said.

    Brandon Roy: 3-13, 14 Pts. Double 'nuff said.

    by 500Dogs on 12/5/2010 10:29 PM
  78. Happy to win a game, but if we were not playing the Slippers we would have probably loss.

    by mgb on 12/5/2010 11:35 PM
  79. We'll take a win any way we can get it. This might break the ice in the second halves. Remember when if we were within 10 at the start of the 4th we had a good chance of winning? 39% shooting. Where's Kiki when you need him?

    Did Blake own LMA or what? Blake is stronger and quicker. If LMA ever wants to be an all star he'll have to play smarter.

    by Ancientone on 12/6/2010 10:25 AM
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