mikebarrett

Feb 15

Sweet 16 in Minnesota

By mikebarrett
In the NBA, winning 16 in a row over anybody is impressive.  There are upsets every single night in this league and we're often talking about things not going as planned or predicted.  But, with another four-game sweep of the Timberwolves in the books, by the time these teams meet again next season, it'll be over four years since a Minnesota win over Portland (and these teams play four times a season).

This game was very much like the game the Blazers played at the Target Center in early January.  Got off to a big lead early, held on through a couple of Minnesota runs, and then won it by double digits.  And, just like in that game, Wesley Matthews led the Blazers in scoring.  He had 36 the last time he was in that building, 23 this time, and the Blazers won the game 95-81. 

It wasn't a work of art, but when you're playing your third game in four nights on a road trip it doesn't matter.

The Timberwolves had just completed a road trip that saw them win at New Orleans and at Houston on back-to-back nights, but were not that team in this game.  They were out of sorts from the opening tip and the Trail Blazers took full advantage, rushing out to an 18-2 lead.  Portland's biggest lead of the night was when it was 31-14, and Minnesota did make a few runs.  They got it to 42-36 in the first half, and then had it down to 8 several times in the second. 

One very nice thing happened for the Trail Blazers (besides the win)- the reigning Western Conference Player of the Week didn't explode offensively and it didn't matter.  LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 points and was solid.  But, he didn't have to be spectacular.  We had asked that question in the pre-game show about the trend of Portland needing him to score in the 30s for them to win, and what would happen if he didn't.  Well, he got help, and the Blazers still won.

Matthews had his 23, Rudy Fernandez was solid again with 18, and Dante Cunningham had a spectacular game.  Dante had a career-high 18 points, and a career-high 13 rebounds, including a career-high 8 offensive rebounds.  The amazing part of this is that he got those numbers while playing only 24 minutes due to foul trouble.  I don't know what his numbers would have been had he played 35 minutes.

The Trail Blazers also got away with shooting 44 percent from the field.  Being they are 22-5 when shooting over 45 percent, anytime they are under that it's a concern.  In the four previous games they had shot 54 percent, and that's a bit out of character for this team.  So, it was nice to see them hit their season average from the field, and still win.

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

The Trail Blazers now sit a season-high seven games over .500, at 31-24.  That's the same record they had last year at this time.  And, keep in mind they have played 30 road games now, and only 25 home games.  Again, given all that has happened, that's impressive stuff.

Because of what happened in Houston, the Trail Blazers have moved past Denver in the Western Conference race, are tied with Utah, and are only a game and a-half behind New Orleans.  Amazingly, they are just four behind Oklahoma City who sits in the fourth playoff spot. 

Next up, another big game, as they host the Hornets on Wednesday night.  They've already dropped two to New Orleans this season, and depending on what happens Tuesday night when the Hornets play at Golden State, the Blazers could pull even with the Hornets with a win on Wednesday. 

As we talked about during the TV broadcast on Monday night, it's time to start looking up in the standings instead of down.  That's the result of getting hot at a good time.  Everything starts looking up.



30 Comments

  1. Great Post Mike:

    I loved Dante's game more then anything else, except for the exclamation point of slapping the ball into Loves face. I know it was accidental, but it couldn't have came at a better game or at a better time. A missed conception, I don't hate Love for making the All-Star game and LMA didn't. Like what was Love supposed to do, say oh no, I can't except this it should go to LMA. I am sure glad that Love took it lightly, but I held my breath for a while.

    I thought the whole team played terrific, building a big league and coasting on a back to back isn't a bad way to go, maybe a little more boring then usual, but I am sure Portland will give me many games in which I can trim my finger nails with.

    16 wins in a row against any team is great. Moving up to 6Th place in the standings is fantastic. With luck and hard play from Houston, and on a back to back for NOH, we can gain more grounds and be tied with NOH for fourth and fifth spot in the win loss column.

    by Hg on 2/15/2011 10:37 AM
  2. Rudy shot over 40%. Just sayin' that I've noticed when he shoots well we are much more likely to win. It's a reflection of how the second team is playing. It spreads the floor more and takes some of the stress off the inside players

    by Ancientone on 2/15/2011 10:58 AM
  3. Ancientone:

    Rignt on the money. I look forward to Camby making it back, more then I do BRoy, for giving us rebounding, high low post and great passing ability to outside shooters.

    Now is the time for making the run and Rudy shooting can be the biggest part of that. Of coarse having more healthy bodies won't hut either. :

    Some times boring games are OK, like last night's game, since there is so many close ones.

    It is NOH time to play on a back to back, hope we can take advantage of it.

    by Hg on 2/15/2011 11:15 AM
  4. The most encouraging thing about the 3-0 road sweep is that we did it without rushing back either of the players (Camby and Roy) who were expected back soon. The Blazers apparently are long past getting their hopes up on getting reinforcements and just prepare to win with the team they've got. And when Dante plays like this, Rudy maintains his recent production and Wesley leads the team in scoring without attracting much notice, we're going to do it against the teams we're "supposed" to beat. I saw in the Columbian story that everyone is baffled about finding a concept to play off Dante's name. The guy has the same name as one of the greatest poets of all time, you know, the one who described a trip the began with the Inferno--not sure Mike's "family filter" let me spell that out in English, so we'll stay Italian-- and continued through Purgatorio and Paradisio. So when he skies for a dunk it should be "Dante heads for Heaven!" when he picks up a foul and has to be benched it's "and Dante heads back to Purgatory" and when he blocks a shot it would be "And Dante slaps that one to you-know where!" Of course, with American education what it is, I'm dreaming, but I'll bet they'd get it in Italy.

    by Islander on 2/15/2011 12:54 PM
  5. you know, i thought we'd be reading and writing about another double-double -- from LaMarcus. i was unable to follow this game due to a valentine's day date, but when i checked the bosxcore in the fourth quarter, i was surprisingly stunned to see Dante's numbers (which were 16 and 12 at the time). sure, LaMarcus didn't hit double figures in rebounds, but with Dante crashing the boards like he was, we didn't need so much of that.

    i was equally as impressed with the outstanding defense on Love. those are certainly substandard numbers for this *cough* all-star. yeah, Stern, great choice! lol

    ancientone is correct; when Rudy shoots well, we tend to come out on the winning side. Rudy and Wesley had excellent games, which is wonderful to see.

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 2/15/2011 1:58 PM
  6. Mike!!! This is completely off topic but I don't know who else to go with about this!!! I am a season ticket holder and wish that when the announcer introduces LMA at the beginning of the game...they wouldn't DROWN OUT THE AUDIENCE'S APPLAUSE WITH THAT STUPID LTRAIN SOUND TRACK!!!!!!!!!!!
    I'd like LMA to KNOW JUST HOW LOUD THE AUDIENCE IS ACTUALLY APPLAUDING HIM!!!!!!!
    I don't mind the Ltrain thing when LA scores...that's fine. But please...if there is any way you can talk to the guy who does the announcing and ask him to drop this...that would be great. I think I am not the only one who feels this way about this. I am going to ask any others I can to address this...if you have any suggestions, please let me know. My email address is natsthecat@yahoo.com. Thank you!!!!

    by natsthecat on 2/15/2011 3:32 PM
  7. Great paragraph at the end. Couldn't have said it better. I didn't get to watch this game, because I've been fighting an ear infection and flu so being able to focus at the computer screen wasn't easy, but I was confident we got the win.

    by Herr on 2/15/2011 4:02 PM
  8. Mike,
    I would sure like you or someone to explain to me the perceived value of Batum? Seriously........ this guy is a complete no show...... has been all year. He has absolutely no emotion or intensity. Looks almost like he is medicated. Sure he made a bunch of 3's in a game, but outside that he doesn't seem coherent or show the slightest interest in the game. Last year he was solid on defense and was given the top player to defend. This year we have Mathews. Coach had to call a timeout because little Luke R was throwing down 3's is his face. It is difficult enough to win in the NBA with 5 on 5, but with Batum on the floor we have to play 4 on 5. Anyone doubt this? Take a look at his stats....if you still doubt this... if you still have the game on your DVR, watch last night's game and isolate on Batum. He jogs down the floor and takes station outside the 3 point line and just stands there...on every play. His mates don't even look at him and when he does touch the ball his only concern is who to pass it to... and usually turns it over in the process. Now, for the Blazers to consider him untouchable is very, very curious. Quite possibly the softest player in the NBA. Sorry to be so negative but I am sick of his lack of effort while the rest of the team is busting their hump..... when's the last time he got a rebound????

    by bates8963 on 2/15/2011 6:13 PM
  9. First off Batum is still a defensive force.

    Secondly I think a big part of Batum's problem on offense is confidence. He doesn't have any right now. Most shooters don't mind shooting through a slump, they know that's the only way to get through it, but Batum is afraid to shoot right now. He just needs to get his confidence back and not worry if he misses shots.

    by mgb on 2/15/2011 7:22 PM
  10. Great post Mike.I was very impressed with Dante's career night. Let's hope he can continue to have a few more games like that. If so, his role on the team will make them that much stronger.

    by blazerdarren77 on 2/15/2011 7:35 PM
  11. DC came out of nowhere and it was thrilling to watch. I was super bummed when he got into foul trouble! Now though, how many people are going to be expecting that from him on a regular basis? It will be interesting to see how he responds.

    Great to see Wesley step it up, he really seems to love playing in Minnesota. And Rudy has now had FIVE straight games where he scored well. THAT is very nice to see. LA didn't have a stellar game, but he didn't have to, thanks to getting help, as Barrett said. I agree that getting the win without LA having a dominant game is a very good sign.

    If anyone is really going to question Batum's game, they should perhaps take a look at his game record for the season (easily locatable at ESPN.com or NBA.com - http://espn.go.com/nba/player/gamelog/_/id/3416/nicolas-batum). Three games is just not a good sample size after all. If a person looks at the four games before that, they would see a hard-working player who contributed 12, 21, 14, and 17. This was preceded by three games of 8, 9, and 2. That little slump came after a string four games where he scored 16, 23, 10, and 24. This is Batum. He's up and down, much like Wesley Matthews. While I agree that he loses focus for a game here and there, to characterize him as a "complete no show" is a completely unfair and inaccurate assessment. As for rebounds, he had 6, 7, 5, and 7 in the four games prior to the Minny game. Defensively, he is absolutely untouchable, especially when both he and Wesley are on the court together.

    I am looking forward to tomorrow's game. It's about time for us to beat up on Coach Monty and CP3! It would truly be excellent to go into the All-Star break with the longest winning streak in the NBA :) Aside from that, we have to beat them to keep our spot!

    by SisillaRiann on 2/15/2011 7:59 PM
  12. Eowyn, "Defensively he is absolutely untouchable"......please. That's a stretch. He is above average and is solid in his fundamentals. It is not his techniques I question. I do question his motivation, heart, attitude, intensity, passion.....or what ever you want to call it. But is these things that are required to be a dominate player in the NBA. Look Batum has all the skills to be a great player. He has the length and it is his skills and potential that has Blazer management's attention....and mine, tho they are waning. Listen to Mike and Mike call the game. On the rare occasion he puts the ball on the floor and moves towards the bucket for his shot they say "Batum...we need to see you doing that more often!!!" But, for reasons unknown, it does not happen. Can you imagine him back cutting to the bucket to receive a pass from LA or Miller. Time and time again he could do that or simply create his own shot off the dribble and at the rim. It is not a "slump". It is a pattern. And for the point totals you reference, how many are 3's. He is far better than that. If I am the coach, I bench him until he lights a fire under his butt and plays the game as he knows how. Nate did bench him earlier in the year. I root for him. Imagine how we could benefit from him if he were aggressive. Just now sure he has an aggressive bone in his body. It's not in his makeup..... I would love to see him prove me wrong. I'll keep watching.

    by bates8963 on 2/15/2011 9:35 PM
  13. About a month ago, I stated that I would consider trading anyone except LaMarcus, Wes, and Rudy. I thought about listing Batum as well, but then I realized that he is one of the few players on our roster that other teams may want. Some think he could one day be a poor man's Scottie Pippen. There is no denying that he has the physical tools to be a really good player, but his offensive game is still very rough. He could be a very good low post player with his long arms, but he doesn't seem to be comfortable playing down low. He looks smooth dribbling in the open-court but never really tries taking his defender off the dribble in the half-court. During one game this year when LaMarcus got into early foul trouble, Nate tried running the offense through Batum, but he didn't look comfortable in the role of number one option. Maybe one day Batum will be able to live up to his great potential and make the transition similar to the one that LaMarcus made when Brandon got hurt. LaMarcus' transition was made out of necessity though.

    by C. Larry on 2/15/2011 9:43 PM
  14. Larry,
    LA's transition is a direct result of Roy's knees.... well, sort of. There are other factors beyond simply being given the ball. Within this man there is a fire.... not a just a bucket of skills but the competitive drive that no one can quantify. His work ethic and obvious love of the game is what is to be rewarded. Can anyone imagine the dedication, hours sweating in the gym, listening to coaches and watching film that he has done over the past years? Did you see him play for Texas? Now we can see that kid's promise mature. There was a fire in his eyes then as there is now. I was thrilled that Portland managed to get him in the draft. I was sad to see him struggle in his first years with the Blazers. He took a beating in the press and blogs....over rated, soft, can't rebound, etc... but he was forced to play Roy ball.... but I digress...
    While I am critical of Batum, it is the example of LA being released on the league that I would hope to be an example for Batum, if he has the desire, to take the next step. Question.....does he have the burning desire to achieve greatness? Does he really want to see the front of the rim, lay the wood to someone, or is he happy trolling the 3 point line? Still out on that... but sure haven't seen any sign of it to date....

    by bates8963 on 2/15/2011 10:46 PM
  15. And that "fire" you referenced (above, about LA) developed THIS YEAR! LA is in his FIFTH season....Batum is in his THIRD. He is TWENTY-TWO years old! Jeez! Sometimes, I think "fans" just have to have something to complain about. For some, winning just isn't enough. "LA isn't a rebounding GOD!" "Batum has a PATTERN of not being productive from time to time and oh my, ONLY SHOOTS THE THREE!" "Why can't Wesley do that EVERY night?" "Man, Dante really needs to step it up now" SMDH!

    Perspective....we have the same record we had last year, after losing multiple players, including Greg, Brandon, and Marcus Camby. The guy everyone needed to step us has stepped up and then some. Wesley, Dante, Nicolas, Rudy, and LA have all set career numbers this season in at least one area. At some point, it would be nice to see fans just happy for a day or two that this team is performing so far above and beyond expectations that it is simply unbelievable.

    That's it, done debating! You have your opinions, I have mine :) At the end of the day, our opinions don't matter one iota, because it's Cho and others who make those decisions.

    by SisillaRiann on 2/15/2011 11:10 PM
  16. Batum is a young player with great physical attributes, excellent passing skills, good defensive technique, and a solid outside shot. He's also an introvert on a team with a lot of assertive guys. Wesley impresses a lot of people because his drive and passion are obvious, but he makes way more clumsy, out-of-control mistakes than Batum. It is a terrible mistake to try to read a player's commitment to the game from the expression on his face. There are many great players in many sports who personify "cool." Nic's got a long way to go before he makes the most of his talent, but it's hard for me to believe that the guy who just last summer was the main man of his country's national team lacks the competitive drive to excell. I agree that he's prone to slumps, possibly related to fluctuating confidence, but if his recent sluggish play makes him the one who loses big minutes when Brandon comes back I am not at all sure the team will show better results. I suspect that he's just worn down right now, having first played during the summer and then logged more minutes than ever before during the long NBA season. Let's see how he comes out after the All-Star break; I'm hoping to see a big step up.

    by Islander on 2/15/2011 11:58 PM
  17. OK Eowyn,
    Don't want to debate. OK, your call. Look, I love watching this team play. Quite frankly, this team should be on par with Cleveland but what do we have? A record equal to last year. Win 50 this year. Why not... and quite frankly, we can make the playoffs interesting! So, my respect for Batum's effort should be considered in the realm of positive discussion. I am sorry if all you want to hear is hip-hip-horay. If you are done debating, that is a sad thing. I would hope my discussions to invite more debate from you and others. There are endless topics to explore. Do we want to talk about Cho and others? That should be a good discussion. Hey... wanna trade Rudy???? I say he is untouchable! Does Cho feel the same?

    by bates8963 on 2/16/2011 12:06 AM
  18. EA,

    No one is asking LA to be a 'rebounding god' that's ridiculous. He had 4 rebounds and was out rebound by a sf and sg on a nite when the other team had over twice as many offensive rebounds than we did. We came close to losing the game because of it. That is part of a PF job to get rebounds and box his man out. But it was just a passing observation at the time, you are the one that made a big deal out of it.

    by mgb on 2/16/2011 1:06 AM
  19. As much as I'd love to see LaMarcus rebound more for how often he's on the court, the fact a powerforward and a team lacking a legit center is finding ways to win without rebounding is pretty awesome. LaMarcus does need to rebound more, it's what kept him out of the All-Star game (because to the NBA, rebounds > wins. Don't know why Kevin Love doesn't get the NBA championship already). LaMarcus has some flaws in his game, every player does. His is the ability to rebound the ball well. However, in the Detroit game, he had Ben Wallace guarding him. Knowing LMA, who gets maybe 8 rebounds on an average night, it shouldn't be that surprising that he only got 4 against a guy like Ben Wallace. It should be surprising that he put up 36 points.

    Moving on, I watched courtside and I don't know if Cho scares me or not. I like that he's listening, but this is going to be a nervous 9 days in Blazerland.

    I really hope Miller gets an extension. He's been a BIG help to LaMarcus and I hope people, especially Cho, realizes that.

    by Herr on 2/16/2011 4:34 AM
  20. There is a different between augmentative and debates. I love debates, only if done with an open mind and is stressed as an opinion only. Being augmentative is stressing an opinion with a closed mind and treating it as a fact. A fact is not debatable an opinion is. Therefore, AE saying she stressed her opinion and Bates----stressed his was the end of the discussion because to take it further would have been in the augmentative stage and nobody can win in that case.

    I try often to debate with Travisd, MGB, 500dogs, Kassandra, EowynAmarie and others because that is my way of picking the brains of the better BBIQ then me and I learn. Although they often ignore me, I can still weigh my opinion against theirs and still learn. That is what a great debate is about.

    Batum, LMA, BRoy, Rudy, Wesley, our latest star, Dante, Mills Armon hammer, Dre, ect, ect have all had rotten games and all have had teriffic games. Those are fact that can't be disputed. To pick out the bad games and go with that or pick out the good games and go with that is being argumentive because both sides are right. Both sides are giving at least half the fact and that can't be debated.

    EowynAmarie is just saying she recognizes LMA's, Batman's and BRoy's weaknesses, but that is in her opinion no reason to trade them or bench them. I agree with EowynAmarie on that, do you believe that EowynAmarie, because getting rid of, or benching our players will only give us another player with their own set of weakness and the argument continues.

    ANCIENTONE: have you made that sandwich yet LOL.

    Harold Gene alias Hg

    by Hg on 2/16/2011 7:31 AM
  21. Hg,

    I like debates, but when someone goes to extremes like saying one side is saying LA should be a rebound god, they are not debating, they are categorizing the other argument so they can dismiss it. If someone has a solid debate they don't need to do that. That's what I took issue with.

    by mgb on 2/16/2011 8:30 AM
  22. MGB:

    It still boils down to being happy with what he gives us or being unhappy with what he doesn't give us, either way at the time of this post what he gives us is all we get. That is more or less what EA was suggesting (I think). I choose to be on the happy with what LMA, BRoy and Batum gives us. My last post was more or less aimed at bates8963.

    Another note that I am not sure of is when LMA is rebounding a lot is when he is playing PF2 LOL. In the last two games Dante and Joel played that spot most of the game. Do you think that has anything to do with his dbl-dbls?

    by Hg on 2/16/2011 9:06 AM

  23. this will be the game where LaMarcus Aldridge separates himself from david west in terms of rivalry/competition. i wouldn't be surprised to see west ejected from this one once he realizes how outmatched he has suddenly become against his younger rival. in the same way that the L-train rolled to the hoop against b. griff, k. love, c. booz and tim d., d. west is about to have one of those nights where he is rendered helpless against his younger opponent. just one more game until the case is clear. in case of injury, just add aldridge...

    by reverse on 2/16/2011 10:04 AM
  24. Nicolas is a tremendous defender, and he has some offensive game as well. he shoots the three and he's cut inside for the layup and dunk several times. Nicolas' offense game needs some work, and i'll bet he would be the first to tell us that. now, what it seems Bates is saying is that just because Nicolas doesn't show fire and intensity doesn't mean he doesn't feel it. i've become aware that people show their emotions in various ways, so it can often be misleading when determining someone's intent from just the reations you see from them. case in point: during the summer when Nicolas was playing for france in the FBLA tournament last summer he had a monster dunk in one of the games. he didn't pump his fists; didn't yell out in eclamation; didn't jump up and down. all you saw was a sly smile. that's Nicolas; that's how he reacts. that's how understated he is. to attempt to discern his emotional state of mind would be innacurate, and unfair to him.

    in my latest blog on the site, i mention Nicolas and his intent to improve his game:

    http://blogs.trailblazers.com/Default.aspx?TabId=99&EntryID=1672&IamaUserID=15768

    on LaMarcus. yes, LaMarcus can rebound, but that's not the dominant part of his game. i would never call aguy averaging nine rebounds a game a slouch on the boards. in fact, i think nine rebounds a game is great when you're playing along side a perennial rebounder like Marcus. and against the timberwolves he didn't need to shoulder a heavy load as Dante was seemingly grabbing every rebound in site. this is a team game and LaMarcus is a team player. while we always want to get every rebound, realistically, we don't necessarily need LaMarcus to be the one getting all of them.

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 2/16/2011 10:10 AM

  25. about contraction

    in my dream scenario, where the league is reformatted to produce the highest quality basketball, the following come seamlessly out of the off-season into the 2011-2012 year.

    six teams are folded. each division losses a club (sacramento, new orleans, minnesota, washington, toronto and cleveland) . the 24 remaining teams are required to have their own d-league affiliate. 24 nba teams and 24 d-league teams.

    the d-league schedule starts just after the june draft. newly drafted players join fringe level nba talent in a 4th of july basketball showcase to start the cycle. more professional jobs are created for young players.

    the nba plays a 68 game season that virtually eliminates back-to-back games. with fewer teams and fewer games, the talent level in the league rises while player development advances as well. play is refined and greater quality is produced.

    by reverse on 2/16/2011 10:40 AM
  26. Kassandra:

    I agree completely.

    Maybe with Dante's new face and his away game mouthpiece, he would be the closest robot player we have {:>). Up and Adam suggested DC2011 as his new robotic name. Just saying that is what some posters are trying to make of all players, robotic, with no difference in personalities. The want players with no down side; They want players that are like the animated TV game players.

    Nic said one time that nobody in the NBA can be up-tempo every game, so he tries to limit his bad games, whether then pushing for up-tempo games. When his shot is on he goes for it, when his shot is off he concedes to a player that is hot. Whether we agree or not that is his decision to make. I would say keep shooting every night, but then curse BRoy for shooting 30 shots and hitting one LOL.

    Anyway thanks for intellectual response to a singling out of a team individual players bashers. As you said correctly this is a team game. If Dante gets rebounds LMA can concentrate on his new founded offense and outrunning his counter parts on fast breaks. It Nic’s shot is off he can make great passes to the hot hands of the night.

    Hg

    by Hg on 2/16/2011 11:42 AM
  27. Individual player bashers? That's a joke. Since when can't you have a minor criticism of a player for something, even if it's constructive criticism, without being called a basher? Man, I can't believe the level of defensiveness some people have. Sure nice to be able to have a reasonable chat here.

    by mgb on 2/16/2011 3:42 PM
  28. For the record, the "rebounding God" thing was sarcasm. Sorry, I often forget it's one of those things that doesn't translate well in cyberspace. I was being facetious. As for debates, I will second HG on the point that sometimes things go past the point of airing opposite opinions to being argumentative. Having had several weeks of being on the wrong side of that particular situation, yeah, I like the blog all "hip-hip-hooray" :) I used to be a cheerleader after all, a very good one I might add, and I am still an eternal optimist. Half-full glass all the time!

    Having said that, I do think it is probably in everyone's best interest to drop the subject, as it is probably becoming a distraction to those not participating directly in it.

    How about those Blazers? Anyone else surprised BRoy doesn't get to play tonight? I was, yet, not really. This one is really exciting.

    Oh yeah, and if anyone cares or doesn't know, Patty Mills has successfully garnered another team mate for Twitter - Wesley Matthews, @wessywes2, is his latest victim. Yep, that's right.......wessywes!

    by SisillaRiann on 2/16/2011 3:54 PM
  29. I second all you said about dropping the subject.

    I really wanted BRoy to be suited up and go out on the floor, even for 5 or ten minutes, just to get his feet wet. Nate said BRoy wanted to get one more practice in before he returned because he only participated in one practice, the rest was shoot arounds.

    Rice said on Up and Adam, when you are short handed and playing guys in the forty minute per game ratio, you can't afford to practice because of fatigue.

    I had to listen to just parts of the game tonight because my job demanded to much of my time. We won and that matters a lot. I don't know how we played yet, but it must have been OK, because I don't feel the NOH's are that bad of a team.

    by Hg on 2/16/2011 11:22 PM
  30. Excellent win tonite! LA is a bum only getting 7 rebounds, but I'll let it slide. :)

    by mgb on 2/16/2011 11:28 PM
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