mikebarrett

Dec 05

Blazers Hang On, Then Exhale

By mikebarrett
Losing streaks are odd.  They are certainly no fun.  The most damaging thing about them is that they erode confidence, and they chip away at your belief.  I know that's not exactly profound.  But, we just witnessed a perfect example of what can happen when your foundation has been rattled by a losing skid.  You start not only fearing the worst, but expecting the worst.

The Trail Blazers lead the all-time series with the L.A. Clippers 134-60.  They lead the series in Portland 80-16.  So, you would think that a 22-point halftime lead, at home, would feel routine and expected.  But, because of what has happened lately, and the pattern that has been established, this just meant that Portland would potentially have to deal with an even more devistating loss if they happened to suffer another third-quarter drought. 

Jeez..  that's an awful way to think, I know.  But, streaks do that to you. 

Fortunately, in this case, our worst fears were only almost realized.  Hardly a confidence-building attitude, but hey, that's a step in the right direction.

Early in this game everything came so easy, and the Portland offense was rolling.  They were hitting outside shots, were getting into the open court and getting easy buckets, and were dominating the Clippers on the backboards.  Portland shot 56% in the first quarter and led 30-15.

iIn the second quarter it was more of the same, as Portland outscored the Clippers 29-22, and carried a very nice 22-point lead to the locker room.  Then came (cue the dramatic music, like when the killer steps into the room) the third quarter (cue the loud woman's scream).

The dreaded third quarter.  I know the Trail Blazers were outscored 23-10 in the third quarter at Washington on Friday night and blew a 12-point lead, but again?  Yep.  Only this time it wasn't quite as bad- only because the Clippers didn't take what was handed to them.  The Blazers shot 5 for 22 in the third (that's 23 percent), and kicked the door wide open.  But, the Clippers were only able to cut 10 points off Portland's halftime lead.

The fourth quarter, which was supposed to be fun time, was nail-biting time, as the Trail Blazers saw their lead cut to just three measily points on several occasions.  But, the Clippers couldn't hit free throws, and the Blazers made just enough plays to survive and win the game.   Remember, the Blazers led 94-91 with just over a mintue left, and then scored the final six points to win it 100-91.

Now then, a win is a win is a win.  But, when you're struggling like the Blazers have been struggling, it means more than that.  It's almost like you forget how to win.  You play not to lose rather than to win, and I still think Portland got caught up a bit in that in this game.

Let me also say that the Clippers are better than their record.  They've beaten San Antonio and New Orleans in recent days, and have a very talented roster.  In fact, when you look up and down their roster it's incredible that they only have 4 wins.  Blake Griffin will be the Rookie of the Year, by the way.  What a beast.

This was a very physical game, complete with flagrant fouls, an ejection, a near fight, and seven technical fouls.

Joel Przybilla, who returned was playing his first basketball at the Rose Garden in nearly a year, was given a standing ovation by Portland fans.  Later in the evening, while going up for a dunk, was pushed on to his back by Brian Cook in a scary-looking play.  Joel wasn't hurt, but plenty of Portland players wanted to hurt Cook right after the foul.  Cook was tossed, and a brawl almost broke out.  This will be closely looked at by the NBA.  Wesley Matthews and LaMarcus Aldridge, who weren't in the game, came dangerously close to leaving the bench area (Matthews came the closest to violating this well-known rule).  If it's ruled that Wesley indeed went too far down toward the scuffle, he'll be suspended a game.

It'll be too bad if that happens, because Matthews is becoming one of Portland's go-to guys.  He had 26 points, on 10-19 shooting in this game, and was terrifc early.  Keep in mind, Brandon Roy and Aldridge were a combined 4 for 16 in this game, and Portland won.  That's not going to happen very often.

But, the stars of the night for the Blazers were Marcus Camby and Nicolas Batum.  Camby, who was yanked in the opening minutes of the game at Washington for not hitting the defensive boards harder, evidently got the message.  Camby had 19 rebounds in this game, and also scored 12 points.  Batum had 11 rebounds at halftime, and ended with career-high 14 rebounds, and also had 13 points.  Huge.  And, that's what they need out of Batum on a more regular basis.

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

This quick three-game home stand continues Tuesday night, when the Blazers host the Phoenix Suns.  Then, it's Orlando Thursday before we head out on another four-game road trip, which is going to be brutal.  But, the good news following this game is the streak is over.  The Blazers don't have any finger nails left as a result, but you'll take them any way you can get them during a time like this.

46 Comments

  1. Talk about another devastating news if Wes is suspended. He's been their only consistent player of late. This team doesn't need any more setbacks.

    by blazerdarren77 on 12/5/2010 10:59 PM
  2. Yes, a win is a win and this was a great won for us. Yes, that would suck if Wes is suspended. Let's hope he isn't. GO BLAZERS and thanks for a nice early birthday present! -Anees, from Prague

    by Anees on 12/5/2010 11:53 PM
  3. I just hope this win puts everything behind us, and we don't make the same mistakes. Phoenix at this point is a must win, or the Blazers will be counted out from any playoff talk. Might be good to go under the radar (again), but it is devastating hearing that as an active fan.

    I don't think Mathews will be suspended, unless he got into the argument and was talking to Clipper players. That's what the rule is there for. I wouldn't be surprised if he is, but I don't think he will.
    Suns than Magic? Going to be hard, and right now is the time we need to put our 2nd half woes behind us.

    by Herr on 12/6/2010 12:07 AM
  4. i was sitting courtside, and when craig smith got ejected he threw his headband on the ground, then proceeded to throw his mouthguard almost at some fans, and then to make things worse when he walked off the court i heard him yelling, cussing and pointing at our fans. i could easily see a gigantic fine to craigs smith for this reaction, somewhere in the ballpark of 80,000...................what a class act

    by ryanajanes on 12/6/2010 1:41 AM
  5. Finally this losing streak ended.

    When we lost to Washington Wizards, i thought it would never end :S

    What a hard game, but a Win is a Win.

    So good to see Joel back, rudy getting some minutes, and as MB said, Batum and Camby getting into work.

    Hope everything turns out fine now. Spurs, Lakers lost some matches...NOH lost a lot, so it's all heading back to normal, hope the Blazers can turn back to their 50 wins pace of always :D

    by Tiago Torigoe on 12/6/2010 2:50 AM
  6. Good to see Blazers are still fighting but talk about some stinky basketball! Wesley Matthews is showing us he belongs in the starting lineup and showing some leadership qualities. I love it!

    Our offense needs to change. We have guys that like to run and they score best when they're on the move. That means Roy needs to take a back seat and maybe come off the bench. He's slows us down and that hurts everyone. It feels sacrilegious but it's an honest observation. Man it hurts just watching Roy run around. There's no hiding how bad those knees are.

    Glad to see Patty Mills do some good things out there tonight. And my favorite part of the game is when things got chippy and we started fighting. Is it connected with Pryzbilla's return? Absolutely!!! I love having him back!

    Go Blazers! Let's keep the ball rolling!

    by thedanman on 12/6/2010 7:12 AM
  7. Reposted (and slightly edited) from last blog...

    That felt like the longest game of the season. Mike, you got the minute count for how long the broadcast was? I felt like I was watching a saga.

    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 the 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? 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, with more accuracy. 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 nonetheless. 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 12/6/2010 7:49 AM
  8. Mike: thank you for the post.

    I agree with all a win is a win is a win.

    I felt the same way as you did in the second half. And when you got the report from the sideline reporter, that the first half Nate wanted to push the tempo and the second half is message was half court execution. I said, “Oh no they are going to play not to lose again and that is never good”, it almost was disastrous. Like you said, Thank God the Clippers missed so many free throws. Although I agree with you and the Mike R. Griffin was being treated like a Super All-Star, and those fouls was very niky-piky.

    Probably in the long run of things it is better that the Blazers learn to execute in the half court, but again I have to agree with Mike R. BRoy has to learn to be the facilitator not the scorer in half court execution nevertheless, the game winning 3 was very nice.

    I have wrote in the past because of listening to opponents commentators on the NBA package, I know the opponents are going to keep trying to stop LMA and BRoy and dare the rest of the Blazers to step up. Wow!!! They did that finally, in the tune of adding Patty to the three point arsenal crowd of Rudy, Batum, BRoy and Matthews.

    IMO, the second half melt down comes from the opponents adjustments to combat Portland’s predictable offense and we are falling right into their hands. Last night, on the last play of the first half, BRoy hitting Mills with a pass because everybody was keying on him was a great start of better things to come. I have said, that we need another Mr. Fourth Quarter, Maybe that will be Mills Because he can shoot.

    Hg

    by Hg on 12/6/2010 7:54 AM
  9. A nice win to break the streak .Patty played some good minutes between the third and fourth Q.Matthews has been Stellar .
    Anyone need 2- 200 section tickets to tomorrows game?Can't go and will let them go for cheap.DM me here or at @DowtownVinnie on Twitter.Help me out ,because a Blazer game is a terrible thing to waste.

    by DowntownVinnie on 12/6/2010 8:51 AM
  10. An ugly win is a win. Maybe this will break the ice for the second halves. 39% shooting won't win many games, hopefully the ice is broken. Where is Kiki when we need him?

    Blake is stronger and quicker than LMA so if he wants to be an allstar he'd better use his experience and IQ to be a positive influence on the game.

    by Ancientone on 12/6/2010 10:44 AM
  11. Great Blog!
    Hoping this win is a start to better things and a end to the 3rd quarter droughts.
    Nice to see Joel back!

    by RedRudy5 on 12/6/2010 11:23 AM
  12. The team that was 2-1 when Brandon was out has been 1-5 since his return. The last two games have shown us why. In Washington there was a point where MB said that "the same second unit that was so active in the first half is now back on the court" and I thought, "No, it's not the same unit because Roy is with them" and then "I hope he doesn't wreck their chemistry." What happened next? Patty made two turnovers trying to force the ball to Brandon, and Roy then made two pathetic failed efforts one-on-one.
    This game was more of the same. Early, when things were going well, Roy was trying new things, posting up, or using screens to catch and shoot. But when he went back to his isolation game the misses added up quickly. If our half-time lead had been only 12, as it was in Washington, we'd have blown this one.
    So, if it wasn't for worries about the team's fragile psyche, and worries about undercutting what's left of his trade value, I think I'd be ready to pledge my faith to thedanman's heresy and vote to bench Roy.
    I do hope the NBA looks at tape and figures out that it shouldn't call fouls on Griffin's awkward push-off move. The two fouls he got called with it on LaMarcus took our best player out of the game. I know the league is trying to annoint Griffin the next superstar, but really, do they think fans want to spend half the game watching this guy throw bricks at the free throw line?

    by Islander on 12/6/2010 12:32 PM
  13. Andre Miller has been suspended? Why? What'd he do? He got a Flagrant 2 when? This is kinda bullcrap. Blake Griffin is a beast and ANDRE MILLER gets suspended? What in the world? Freaking NBA wants to protect all their revenue jeez...

    by Herr on 12/6/2010 3:44 PM
  14. Great video of the Andre Miller play that got him suspended. Totally worth it. Enjoy.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLAPJiETLCE

    by 500Dogs on 12/6/2010 5:11 PM
  15. last night i realized that we'll probably never see the brandon roy of old ever again. it is very sad for me because he's so young and has done soooooooooooo much for this franchise. it's tough to see him so playing so hobbled. watching defenders cruise by him time after time is tough to watch. when he drives, he's falling down or hitting the bottom of the rim and teams don't foul him anymore. i feel terrible for him. gutsy win last night!

    what's up with the dre suspension? what exactly happened?

    by sudelander on 12/6/2010 5:23 PM
  16. I liked that game because we showed Major chutzpah ,moxy, Gutswhatever you want to call it.We that to get fired upe needed
    What about Matthews at the point?
    I'm bummed bout my boy Dre ,HOWEVER ,this video- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2whnoDKvKw&feature=player_embedded - shows that he flat out PUMMELED Blake ,which didn't bother me really , per se. But it's sad that his streak will end over this.But unfortunately................. Rules is Rules:).

    BTW I still have two 200 section tickets to Tuesday's game with Phoenix and I can E mail them to you for so cheap that you would not believe it.
    DM me here or @DowntownVinnie on Twitter.
    Help me to help you .
    BlazersRock

    by DowntownVinnie on 12/6/2010 5:24 PM
  17. never mind. i just saw the well deserved "miller torpedo". blake was pushing from behind and the refs weren't calling it. i guess he took matters into his own hands. i totally fine with it. in fact, i think we need more of that.

    by sudelander on 12/6/2010 5:47 PM
  18. Hey now...

    http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2010/12/blazers_insider_subtract_greg.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

    Roy off the bench for the 2nd half? Me likes.

    by 500Dogs on 12/6/2010 7:14 PM
  19. Well, all you Millsaholics can crap your pants now; he likely gets the start tomorrow night. Ugh. Just when we could really use Armon's defense against Nash. Oh well, Pattattack can't play all 48 minutes, so I'll get to see my guy for a stretch.

    Better make it good, Armonster; this is your shot.

    by 500Dogs on 12/6/2010 7:58 PM
  20. well, a win is a win, and the guys needed it. there's no asterisk key in the standings, so all is good. we were able to close out this game and prevent the clippers from coming back. i must admit, the win part feels good.

    however -- and i may be about to tick a few of you off here -- i saw nothing different than what i've seen in the past couple weeks. actually, the only difference is the size of our lead. if our lead in this game is less than 20 points, then i think the clippers (with more than a little officiating help) would have won this game. you may disagree and that's fine, but after scoring 59 points in the first half, we couldn't hit the broad side of a barn in the third quarter, and part of the fourth. these types of draughts will prevent us from beating the suns or the magic. we simply won't win if we do not make those shots.

    i loved the chippy (a word i've been hearing a lot regarding last night's game) nature of the game last night. i loved the way the guys stood up for themselves and their teammates. i had a chance to stream the game from l.a. and after Joel was knocked to the floor and got up, the clippers' announcer stated: "Pryzbilla's yelling something at Cook like he wants a piece of him." it's obvious that Joel is going to bring in the fight every night. maybe that's what we've been missing. i also have to give kudos to the rg fans for that ovation for Joel. i have to admit, when i saw him take the floor, i began to cry (which is like okay cause i'm a girl and all!). it was a very special moment.

    Andre's suspension is crap. at worst, that's a personal foul and that's absolutely it. i've seen certain players -- and by that i mean superstars -- get away scott-free with much worse. as MB, Rice and Wheels just mentioned on courtside: the officials seem to love Griffin already. he benefitted from many erroneous calls. then again, he does play in the second-largest television market in the league.

    i hope the past couple of games are a sign that Nicolas' slump his shooting isn't great, but i like how he picked up some of the rebounding slack from LaMarcus after the latter struggled. as usual, Nicolas was also very active on defense and that helped.

    i realize a lot of people are split on Patty Mills, but i think he's doing some nice things on the court and if Nate starts him in Andre's place tomorrow night against the suns, i would look forward to seeing that. at some point in his career, Patty deserves an opportunity and this could be part of that. i have nothing against Armon, and i presume he'll play some against the suns, but i'm going to go with the flow and pull for the australian.

    Marcus rebounded well from being yanked in the previous game (yes, pun intended), and i liked how active he was on the boards. Wesley playd very solid. i actually kept him in my starting 5 on this site because he was so lackluster against the wizards, i thought he might bounce back and have a good game against the clippers.

    i'm hoping to see some fight and some never-say-die attitude tomorrow night ... and no scoring draughts -- unless it comes at the hands of the suns.

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 12/6/2010 8:31 PM
  21. This vid sheds a little light on why Dre powdered Griffin.Check it out.
    http://youtu.be/gLAPJiETLCE

    by DowntownVinnie on 12/6/2010 9:49 PM
  22. It's a sad day when you can't even sell a couple of good Blazer tickets:(

    by DowntownVinnie on 12/6/2010 9:50 PM
  23. Hey Vinnie, how much for tickets? are they next to each other, whats the seats?

    by whitefeather21380 on 12/7/2010 12:06 AM
  24. It's sad day when you want to sell Blazer tickets!

    Andre is the man. His streak lives on. My respect for Dre skyrocketed, and he was already the Blazer I respected the most. Blake Griffin just got his butt kicked. Don't talk crap to people smaller than you Griffy. Learn that from KG before he gets close lined by Paul Allen who happens to be a cancer patient.

    Against the Suns, we're probably screwed. Don't take this the wrong way, but Patty Mills vs Steve Nash? Armon Johnson vs Steve Nash? You gotta be kidding me. Hopefully Batum and Wesley step up and put Steve Nash in the spot where he belongs... the leagues leader in turnovers! Step aside Bron!

    by Herr on 12/7/2010 2:37 AM
  25. Whitefeather, they are $60 for two and they are together(Section 207)
    .I can actually Email them ,if needed.I have jury duty today, but I could get them to ya around 5, if that would work.sooner if I get dismissed.Then , you could just mail the dough as I'm in Eugene.Let me know.

    by DowntownVinnie on 12/7/2010 6:58 AM
  26. Yes ,Herr,you are correct.But it's a long trek from Eugene and I have jury duty and don't know when it's done.Believe me ,if I could ,I would.I'm bummed at best.

    by DowntownVinnie on 12/7/2010 7:01 AM
  27. Hey Lebrona ,How's school,I agree with most of your assessments.
    However ,as much as I love My Boi Dre .According to the letter of the rule ,he clocked Griffin ,NO Doubt.Not that Griffin wasn't thuggin him for three straight plays before.This vid shows it http://youtu.be/gLAPJiETLCE .
    Like I said =Rules is Rules.It's just too sad to see his streak end this way.
    Careful sistah,Watch the dippin after games or you'll really have some admirers and they won't be bringin turkey soup ,either :)

    by DowntownVinnie on 12/7/2010 7:42 AM
  28. A win is a win.
    BUT what an ugly game to witness live.............
    Loved the intensity though!

    by Napoleon7 on 12/7/2010 10:55 AM
  29. Hey Vinnie, I sent you a message on your profile. Regarding if you have a paypal account. Hope to hear from you soon.

    by whitefeather21380 on 12/7/2010 11:29 AM
  30. Hey Vinnie, I sent you a message on your profile. Regarding if you have a paypal account. Hope to hear from you soon.

    by whitefeather21380 on 12/7/2010 11:35 AM
  31. Hey Vinnie, I sent you a message on your profile. Regarding if you have a paypal account. Hope to hear from you soon.

    by whitefeather21380 on 12/7/2010 11:42 AM
  32. whitefeather ,sent you a message with my E mail addy ,hit Me back.I 'll be back in a couple of hours

    by DowntownVinnie on 12/7/2010 12:24 PM
  33. wow,looks like nic is starting for Dre.............interesting.
    Hey MB,Are we going to get a hardship exception and if so,when?

    by DowntownVinnie on 12/7/2010 12:39 PM
  34. I have heard a lot over the last two weeks about this team and the increasingly dire straights it is in. So far, I am not in a panic, but then, I am not much one for truly doing so anyway. I no longer see us a winning team though, and have come to accept that the playoffs are probably out of reach. I also think we are going to see this squad broken up, having never really seen what they could do, healthy :(

    One of the main things I have heard just recently is that this team, as a unit, as a roster, is no good. The problem I have with that is the fact that they are playing generally good basketball, sometimes even dominating and gorgeous basketball, in the first halves of all these recent games. This is especially true of the first quarter (albeit, not for all the recent games). If the team is really shot, and the guys have no chemistry, and the roster is rotten......how then are they managing to put on such performances? I don't think a lot of moving around is necessarily needed, but I do think it will happen regardless. I hope we are able to keep the best of the bunch when all the dust settles though. It's a shame the team probably won't be given time to truly adjust to thier "new" roster (meaning one without the perrineal Oden carrot and Roy Wonder). Oh well.....

    The other thing I am seeing a lot of, not just here, but pretty much everywhere, is that Brandon is washed up, and should probably come off the bench. This is is harder to evaluate. Brandon is not performing defensively, and that is probably his biggest weakness at the moment. Aside from that, his drive to the lane is not getting anywhere. His jumping appears limited. But Brandon himself makes a good point in the interview with Quick when he notes that it's hard for him to say if the drives are not working because of his knees, or because the lane is completely packed, aka, personnel (or even a little of both). He also pointed out that he is starting games just fine. Coach Nate mentioned that Dre, Camby, and now Roy are getting too stiff over halftime, and has noted that all three of them come out slow to start the second half. By the time they get warm, he is pulling them. This is obviously something they can probably work out (perhaps with an exercise bike, as Nate mentioned.) What seems to be lost in all the pessimism lately is the fact that Brandon is in the process of adjusting to his limitations. So is the team by the way. I don't understand the impatience in the fan base and the media. Considering all the adjustments this group has had to deal with over the last 1 1/2 years, it's understandable this last one may take extra long to figure out. Anyway, I feel sad that so many are willing to just write off Brandon Roy, who has played so hard for this franchise. He's a competitor, he wants to win, and he wants to do what's best for his team (he said he is considering coming off the bench to start the second half). He's going to figure out a way to be effective on the floor, eventually. The guy deserves far more respect, imo, than many are giving him right now. He also deserves time and patience.

    Clearly something is wrong with the team though. And it seems to have come out of nowhere. Before Brandon got hurt in New Orleans, things looked pretty decent. Suddenly, we started falling apart in the third quarter, and sometimes the fourth. There has to be an explanation for it. The only thing I noticed that happened after that New Orleans game (Brandon's injury and the knee speculation that has since followed it), is that the franchise found out Oden was done for the year, possibly for good. They won the next game, but lost every single one after that escape from the Nuggets. Since then, they appear disconnected and are playing without much heart or confidence for about half the time in each game. Even in the escape from the Clippers. Isn't is possible that it is not the coach, not the personnel, not Brandon's knees, but that several of them (including Nate), are heartbroken and depressed? Oden was the carrot, and for all sakes an purposes, he's gone. Now what? They looked around at eachother, and especially in light of Brandon's knee issues, realized they can't contend as they are. That some of them are bound to go, in place of another center and other pieces. That they are probably going to be broken up and traded away. Make no mistake, aside from Rudy, these guys love playing here, and with eachother. They are close, tight. Unfortunately, it seems they have been waiting for Oden, and the disappointment of losing him again just has to be affecting most of them, at least on some level. After that, it all just trickles down, and becomes really terrible basketball. It's like, "What are we playing for now?"
    I do think, if that is the problem, they can play their way out of it, eventually. But I don't think they will be allowed to do so.

    Instead I see uncertainity continuing to plague them to the point of inevitability. Sometime, what we fear the most, we draw right to us, subconsiously.

    I have zero hope we beat the Suns or the Magic. In fact, I don't see us winning again until the 17th, when we face the Timberwolves at home. We go on the road after these two upcoming games and play the Suns, the Spurs, the Grizzlies, and the Mavs. Not much hope of beating any of them, especially away from home. That would be another 6-game losing streak. I know, very pessimistic. I just don't think they can fix what's wrong until they acknowledge whatever it is. I will be hoping it's a simple as shaking up the line-up again, or an exercise bike in the locker room at halftime, but I just don't see it working.

    Vinnie: good luck with jury duty. I just spent an entire week serving on a complicated case, then was too sick yesterday to participate in deliberations! What a waste.....and I didn't agree with the verdicts they ended up delivering either. Too bad you had to give up your tickets, hope someone else made use of them :)

    by EowynAmarie on 12/7/2010 12:58 PM
  35. Great post, EA.
    I agree that folks shouldn't ever count Roy out and that he is adjusting to his new circumstances. I happen to think that he'd make a great 6th man and that should be his role on the team going forward. To some, this sounds like giving up, but I love Brandon Roy and I think there must be a way to keep him around and effective. Coming off the bench might be that way.

    All of my criticisms of him have been in regard to the way he's used, not his ability as a player. BRoy ISOs are used up, but that doesn't mean he is. Roy is an excellent jump shooter, and competing against 2nd units, I think he's crafty enough to get to the rim and the free throw line. That's just not going to happen against starters anymore--at least not with the frequency that we've formerly depended on. His knees won't allow it, and it's unfair of us to expect it of him.

    The only reason I see Roy leaving is to clear cap space. I think signing him to that contract was a mistake, but I'd be okay with the team carrying that burden until we can renegotiate. He's a part of the soul of this team, and if that means we can't get another All Star for five years, I'm fine with that. What I'm not fine with is playing him like an All Star when those days are behind him.

    I must disagree with you on tonight's game, though. We are going to play our hearts out and prove to the league that the Blazers are not a team to sleep on. I'm gonna scream my lungs out tonight, willing them to victory my dang self if I have to. Portland vs. Phoenix is always a great match up; we have a way of bringing out the best in each other. I'll be very interested to see how they handle the combined defensive pressure of Batum and Mathews on the outside. I'm hoping for a very poor three-point shooting night for the away team.

    GO BLAZERS!!!

    by 500Dogs on 12/7/2010 1:42 PM
  36. Jason Quick pretty much said it all in his Oregonian column today. This used to be BRoy's team but they actually started dismantling his team last year when they signed Miller and traded Blake and Outlaw. Roy even said as much himself earlier in the season.

    Wonder if Roy was consulted on those trades, and if not, why not? After all, wouldn't any GM, president, and owner want their superstar to be happy with his team's makeup?

    Curiouser and curiouser...
    --
    don

    by dgpdx on 12/7/2010 2:03 PM
  37. Thanx ,EA got cut loose after 3 hours WOOT WOOT.
    As much as it is not the favorable opinion,I have to agree that BRoy is no longer the dominant BRoy we once knew.What is sad about that is that he is such a class act.
    Hopefully we can find a way to use him.

    by DowntownVinnie on 12/7/2010 3:34 PM
  38. Great article about Shaq with a quote from LMA over on OSN...

    http://www.theonion.com/articles/shaq-shows-he-can-still-dominate-around-basket-of,18522/

    by 500Dogs on 12/7/2010 3:45 PM
  39. hey Vinnie! i'd scrape together $60 for the tickets .. but i'm like six times further away than you are!

    i watched the game (dormmate streamed the clippers' broadcast), and it really looked to me that Andre was unfairly tagged for that play. i guess i'd just reiterate my feeling that there are some players in the league who would completely get away with that. be that as it may, Andre misses tonight's game and we see a little more of what Patty can do.

    how'd you hear about the dip?! did you read my blogger thing? anyway, the chicken soup was brought to me by hte admirers from the first dip!

    GO BLAZERS!!!

    by Kassandra on 12/7/2010 4:12 PM
  40. Kassie girl ...You have to be careful when you "Dip" into Twitter ,mydear.
    It's ironic that White feather is willing to buy the tick, but MGB has to EMail it by 5 or Whitefeather won't be able to go .It's quite funny really
    In my MAIN MAN MGB's defense he couldn't hardly sleeep last night and might be recouping as we speak. No Worries.

    by DowntownVinnie on 12/7/2010 4:29 PM
  41. Sweet ,got Whitefeather his ticks just in time for him to road up for the game.Blazer tickets are like gold to me at any price .Thanx ,MGB for facilitating this .YOUROCK:)

    by DowntownVinnie on 12/7/2010 4:53 PM
  42. Well ,now I 'm not sure if White feather got the tickets or not.Once again I may have spoke too soon.

    by DowntownVinnie on 12/7/2010 5:07 PM
  43. IT"S A GO.

    by DowntownVinnie on 12/7/2010 5:25 PM
  44. if patty is what gets/keeps rudy going, that alone would be reason enough to keep giving him court time.

    wesley is a great compliment to brandon and lamarcus as a 1st-3rd option, being an all court player that can do anything.

    with wesley in the starters, we have to have 10+pts a game from rudy off the bench for things to come together.

    i love the fact that armon came out and hustled on defense while getting 3ast and 0 t.o. in his 6min.

    marcus only played 25min and joel 10min, which is great because they have to battle d. howard thursday.

    by reverse on 12/7/2010 11:54 PM
  45. TravisD:

    I haven't got to watch the game yet, but have it recorded.

    Casey Holdahl has a blog of the origin of the three goggles. http://www.iamatrailblazersfan.com/BroadcasterProfile/BroadcasterBlog/tabid/188/EntryID/1319/BroadcasterID/4/Default.aspx?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+centercourtiama+%28Center+Court+Blog+-+by+Casey+Holdahl%29 that says the same thing as you did. If Rudy, Nic, when Dre is back, and Mills in the game together, we can have the foreign connection instead of the Spanish connection

    Hg

    by Hg on 12/8/2010 6:36 AM
  46. travisd you said "if patty is what gets/keeps rudy going, that alone would be reason enough to keep giving him court time"

    BAM ..You nailed that one.

    by DowntownVinnie on 12/9/2010 7:10 PM
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