mikebarrett

Mar 25

Batum's Game Winner Stuns Spurs

By mikebarrett
Nicolas Batum's heroics on Friday night will go down in Trail Blazers' history.

Not only was it one of the greatest late-game comebacks ever, and not only was it set up by two Batum free throws with 0.9 seconds left, but it was one of the greatest plays in franchise history.  And, it all happened in front of his mother, who heads back to France on Saturday.  That flight, like our flight to Oklahoma City, will probably seem a lot shorter.

It was a magical final 1:22 of the game, and rarely am I left speechless at any moment of an NBA game.  Trailing 96-90, and with the steady, experienced San Antonio Spurs set to add to their league-best 57-14 record, the Trail Blazers turned the tables and set the Rose Garden on its ear.

San Antonio was in prime position to finish off what would have been a statement victory for them.  They had the ball, with :40 seconds left, leading 96-92.  Andre Miller then picked the pocket of Tony Parker and scored.  96-94 with 30.5 seconds left.

The Blazers weren't in a position to have to foul, and Manu Ginobili decided to work the clock before kicking the play into motion.  Wesley Matthews then set him up perfectly, faked left defensively, darted right, and swiped the ball away.  Matthews, instead of attacking the rim, kicked it back to Andre Miller, who tried to then drop it back to Matthews.  In a wild scrum that followed, Batum was fouled on the arm with 0.9 seconds left.  He calmly drilled two huge free throws to tie the game at 96-96.

The Spurs, who are always so clutch, then attempted to lob a pass to Ginobili, who was going to try and get off a game winner.  But, the pass was too long and sailed out of bounds without anyone touching it.  The Blazers called time out, forwarded the ball, and designed a final play.

As I was leaving the locker room, I stuck my head into Nate McMillan's office to simply tell him it was a great play.  He hopped up, grabbed a dry erase marker, and actually showed me what they had called.  Roy would be the decoy, Matthews would run to halfcourt, and Batum would fake a pick for Brandon, and circle back to the rim.  Ginobili bit on the play, exactly like the expected he would, and Batum would be wide open to receive a lob from Miller. 

Perfect play call, perfect execution, perfect pass, and perfect finish by Nic. 

Nate was quick to say it was advance scout Larry Greer who gave him that play for that situation.  You expect a hard screen to be set, and that was the beauty of it.  Batum slipped that pick, and caught the Spurs totally by surprise.  He then simply had to jump over his good friend Tony Parker, and finish off the play.  He did.

Andre, who was brilliant in this game, told me after the game he couldn't see the rim, couldn't see Batum, and just tried to deliver the ball where he had hoped Batum would end up- almost like a timing pattern in football.  He said it was not only the best assist of his NBA career, but the best ending to a game he had ever been involved in. 

Batum was quick to point out that he had never hit a game-winning shot in his career- NBA or otherwise.  I can predict, and this isn't a stretch, that he'll never have another game where he'll score four points in 0.9 seconds again in his life.

The Trail Blazers ended the game on an 8-0 run, and withstood the best San Antonio can dish out.  Tim Duncan didn't play, but as several of the Blazers said before the game, that just made it a much more challenging game.  The Spurs shot 73 percen in the fourth quarter (11-15), and lost.  That's crazy.

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

For the first time this season, the Trail Blazers are now 12 games over .500, at 42-30, and badly needed this win.  The upcoming road trip will have us at Oklahoma City on Sunday, at San Antonio Monday, and at New Orleans on Wednesday. 

So many people after the game were talking about the fact that this game summed up exactly what we've been seeing all season from this Portland team.  A gritty, never-say-die, never-quit, attitude, no matter the circumstances. 

Not only did the Spurs have the hot-shooting fourth quarter, but shot 51 percent for the game.  On the season, when they shoot over 50 percent, they had been 22-1.  They had been 10-2 in games decided by four points or fewer, and were 13-2 against the Northwest Division.

The Blazers have now beaten the Spurs six-straight times at the Rose Garden, and have won 7 of the last 8 meetings overall.  They've become only the second team in the NBA to have beaten the Spurs twice this season, and have earned at least a split of the season series.

Yes, it only gets tougher now. 

Talk to you from Oklahoma on Sunday.

65 Comments


  1. batum-shaka-laka!!!

    by reverse on 3/25/2011 10:59 PM
  2. Stupendous win tonight and the best finish of the year in a great game. If this doesn't make EPSN's highlights, they don't have a clue.

    Nic Batum is showing why he's untradeable. Not because no other team would take him, but because the Blazers will never trade him. He has quietly become a consistent and reliable offensive contributor in addition to his great defense.
    I wouldn't trade him for LeBron at this stage -- Nic has as much or more upside than anyone else in the league.

    Good to see Andre break out of his recent shooting slump too. Couldn't have come at a better time than on a night when LA wasn't scoring well. But that's Andre's MO, be there when needed the most.

    by dgpdx on 3/25/2011 11:03 PM
  3. BATUM-SHAKA-LAKA!!!!

    Man on man...we almost didn't get to go to this one....thank goodness for ex-sister-in-laws, lol!

    I still can't believe what happened. I keep watching it, and I am simply amazed. It was absolutely PERFECT, and totally unexpected!

    Let's all hope now that we didn't just use up all of our good mojo, lol :)

    So proud of these guys. They are the definition of TENACITY!

    GO BLAZERS!

    by SisillaRiann on 3/25/2011 11:05 PM
  4. dgpdx: The play was #1 on Sportscenter's Friday's Top Plays :)
    Also, Nicolas is on the front page of NBA.com :)

    by SisillaRiann on 3/25/2011 11:06 PM

  5. 8-2 over the last 10 games? a 3rd 50 win season in a row would really be something.

    by reverse on 3/25/2011 11:07 PM
  6. i'm still speechless after watching that last play from all different angles; hopefully Nic will have some more of those game winning baskets as he matures into fine young player.

    by blazerdarren77 on 3/25/2011 11:11 PM

  7. i think this says it all:

    http://media.oregonlive.com/oregonian/photo/2011/03/-fdb60d8b27ae135d.jpg

    by reverse on 3/25/2011 11:14 PM
  8. So here's the scenario. I was going to go to my brothers house with my other bro and watch the game, maybe drink a few beers since this is my birthday weekend in which I turn 21. I was going to go do that, but my brother cancelled. So, we decided to go to my house. The person that was going with me went to the game with me on Tuesday, so he was a so-so Blazer fan. Enjoys the team winning, but doesn't follow.

    After that, a lot of my friends wanted to hang out with me for some reason. So, about 5 other people came over. I told them that I'm not doing anything but watching the Blazer game. They said okay, and was pretty bored (none of them like basketball for some reason, and give me lots of crap for loving the sport). During the game I was shaking, and they were talking about whatever was on their minds (had nothing to do with the intense game).

    When Batum made the free throws, I was like "damn I love Batum!". When he made the shot? I was jumping up and down so hard I nearly broke my knuckles because I hit the ceiling. My friends looked up and stared at me going, "umm... congrats...?".

    What an exciting game. Too bad they didn't really watch it, they certainly missed out! What a win!

    Meanwhile, I've been saying this for awhile because I've been waiting ages, but Sunday is my 21st. I badly want a win. I absolutely hate OKC because of how freaking overrated they are. Winning would be perfect for my day. It's nice to see LaMarcus is giving himself motivation, and it's also Brandon Roy's sons birthday, so hopefully he has a great game as well. Let's beat the Overrated City Blunder!

    by Herr on 3/25/2011 11:14 PM
  9. I knew you would get the Blog out, I just knew it. Maybe because I know Mike.
    Going from the agony of defeat to the thrill of Victory in .09 seconds is amazing.

    I was so mad when LMA missed those free throws and Ginobili shot that three. Then Batum missed the 3pter to get it back. I wasn't mad at he team just mad at the way things always turn out. I didn't even see Dre's steal. I still don't know if I believe what happened. A great team win

    Thank you Mike. I cought you on the up and adam show.

    by Hg on 3/25/2011 11:18 PM
  10. That was.....epic.

    by Olallie on 3/25/2011 11:23 PM
  11. One thing I was really worried about was that this game was obviously officiated as a playoff series. We boo'd when there were obvious fouls not being called against us, but Dre's steal on Parker could have been a foul and it would be a valid case, he did hit his arm and so fourth.

    The very nice thing about this win is it was officiated much like the Dallas game of last year (the lone one we lost), although that Dallas one was much worse, the Blazers responded positively and didn't let the officiating beat them, as it looked like they were about to.

    This win is huge. I said it would be like the first win of a road trip, and you did too MB. Good call. I think this win determines how we do against OKC. I'm saying a win. Problem is, they're softer than a pillow, and refs admire that for some reason. They get to the foul line more than anyone and that's why their offensive rating is so high. If you thought the officiating was bad in this one.... well... just look at the 2nd game of this season against OKC.

    Blazers need to take this win and duplicate it. I said they'd win 50 games, my prediction stands.

    10 remain.

    BTW, I love Millers face in that picture. I was worried he wouldn't like being a Blazer, but to have him say some of things he said almost brings a tear of joy to my eye. I love Miller. Batum was the hero of this game, but Miller was the player of the game. He played like a boss!

    by Herr on 3/25/2011 11:41 PM
  12. I woke up my wife yelling 'YEEAAAAAAAAA, YEEAAAAAAAA, YEAAAAAAAAA" over and over. She yells 'WHAT? WHAT?,,,STOP SCREAMING!", but I couldn't!

    I thought the game was over when LMA missed his FTs. I even called the misses.

    That steal by Wes looked like a kicked ball, but sometimes the calls has to go our way.

    Great game by Miller, 21 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds, and 4 steals. Perfect pass to Batum for the game winning assist.

    What a game! Guys should go into this road trip with a lot of confidence.

    GO BLAZERS!!

    by mgb on 3/25/2011 11:51 PM
  13. Thanks for the great blog. It's hard to find add frosting to a treat as tasty as this win, but you managed to do it. The inside info made it all sweeter: Nic's mom being there to watch, the way Sarge and company drew up the play, Andre making the blind-faith lob. We'd been on a streak in my house where every time Konnie watches with me the Blazers win. It looked like that streak was over, I had half turned away from the screen, when Andre made his steal and it all became possible. Three miracles later we were screaming and trading high fives. LA has a bad game, Brandon struggles, Wallace goes back to being the turnover king, and the refs blow some huge calls, and at the end we get magic to make it all right. Short of a championship, it doesn't get better than this.

    by Islander on 3/25/2011 11:52 PM
  14. WOW, what a finish! Again, wish I could have seen the game, but it's great to hear it from you MIke and the rest of the fans who did see it. BATUUUUUUUUM! My man Nic! That was a beautiful play, beautifully executed. I don't think I can recall such a dramatic last few plays to win a game! WOOOOHOOO! :-D

    Great win for sure and yes, tough trip coming up and I"m sure these Spurs will be coming out ready after this game. So we have to be prepared for that.
    Anyways, I LOVE MY BLAZERS!!!!
    -Anees, from Prague

    by Anees on 3/25/2011 11:59 PM
  15. Just heard your call on the last play Mike! Don't think I've heard you guys go that crazy in a while! Love it!

    by Anees on 3/26/2011 12:03 AM
  16. Amazing, Amazing, Amazing! I literally got goosebumps at the buzzer. That was a perfect play, pass, and finish. Perfect! What an outstanding game by Miller! Millers gamble on his final steal was so heady and necessary. The pass to Batum was so instinctive and perfect. Gotta love a coach on the floor in moments like these. Miller is a coach that can play!

    And Batum showed the poise of a seasoned veteran! But wait, he's only 22!!! Throughout the game I was watching Batum look for and use picks. With around 8:50 to go in the 3rd he used 2 picks and then went backdoor alleyoop. He's so smart! He does this all the time.

    And as for the rest of the team, well done!

    Although I want everyone to enjoy the moment and celebrate this exciting game I hope the Blazers look at some things that almost lost them the game.

    #1 We did not run the offense through Aldridge because San Antonio played very physical against him. Whose fault is that, I don't know but I do know Aldridge didn't take it to the hole until 1:10 left in the 2nd quarter. That's a problem but one that can easily be fixed.

    #2 We fell into San Antonio's trap offensively. They wanted us to beat them at the 3pt line and not feed it to Aldridge. I hate it when we play into our opponents defensive plan.

    And I'd like to know how and who let Pat Fraher ref a NBA game? He seemed very busy listening to Greg Popovich's advice on how to call the game. LaMarcus was getting hacked away from the ball all game long but there was no call. Camby got ran over and the ball taken from him with 10:15 to go in the 4th but no call. Matthews was undercut big time with 4:27 to go in the 4th and still no call. I get missed calls cause basketball has a lot going on but the missed blatant fouls drive me crazy!

    Rice made me laugh a few times tonight. After (Blair?)...I'm not sure who, was finally called for a foul against Aldridge in the 4th he said "...when there's skin on the floor." Nice! And after Wallace hit a 3 he commented, "Wallace had time to tie his shoes" (before he took the shot). Funny! But my favorite line was after Matthews hit a 3, "Show Popovich the goggles!" That's classic Rice!

    Wow, this game was just great! It goes to show that we are very capable of executing in a big moment. This was a playoff type game and we won.

    Go Blazers!

    by thedanman on 3/26/2011 12:32 AM
  17. Anyone notice how well Batum has played since we got Crash? Do you think he took it as a challenge? Great pick up!

    GO BLAZERS!!

    by mgb on 3/26/2011 1:42 AM
  18. @MGB: No, I'm surprised I didn't pick up on that, good observation! Batum is really stepping his game up and it couldn't happen at a better time with this tough stretch ahead of us and the playoffs approaching. I agree, Wallace was an amazing pick up! I can't believe Cho pulled such an incredible deal off. Wallace adds an element of toughness and aggressiveness that seems to rub off onto the rest of the team. I think it's affected Batum. I also think Batum desperately wants to keep his minutes. His play makes it a no brainer case to keep him in.

    I really see McMillan evolving into a better and better coach as he seems to be more flexible, creative, and instinctive. However, I also see him being more reactive than proactive at times against great coaches. I'd say that's his biggest flaw as far as the flow of the game goes, but overall he's doing a hell of a job.

    by thedanman on 3/26/2011 2:11 AM
  19. Anyone else worried about where did the agressive monster of Jan and Feb that was LA has gone? When he is double and triple teamed how we have a hard time capitalizing on it. If John Crapper will forgive the term but our 3 point shooters are shooting a crappy percentage. Clunker after clunker on wide open threes.

    by Ancientone on 3/26/2011 6:06 AM
  20. Great block of Garnett's attempted dunk by Dante:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W75rDF7nHmY

    Got this from ripcitytwo.com

    by mgb on 3/26/2011 7:24 AM
  21. I missed the game ,was having dinner with with my son.I got home just in time to see the .O9 play.Perfect ending to a perfect day .Bummed I missed it.Great win.
    BLAZERSROCK

    by DowntownVinnie on 3/26/2011 7:57 AM
  22. I just don't see us getting out of that 6th spot,with this few games.Does 3 play 6? Or, does 2 play 6? I definitely prefer playing Dallas over LA.
    BTW,Nics play made no 1 on SportsCenter Top Ten plays.Reppin for the west coast.

    by DowntownVinnie on 3/26/2011 8:13 AM
  23. Ancientone:

    I have noticed, I don't put this on LMA, Teams are working over-time to shut him down. It was said by, I think MB on the Up and Adam show that teams will continue to pack the center until Portland learns to go consistently some where else. Of course the 3Pt shot is the easiest, but to often that doesn't work as you said. MB says to tighten up the defense, fast break, or push and score before the opponents can set up. That sounds good to me.

    You have to admit that SAS matched our speed getting down the floor as we did them and that is why it was the type of game it was. In fact, I felt time and time again that it looked like we were playing ourselves on the day our 3Pter's are falling. Like us, when the three Pter's and up in your face defense took over SAS also started clunking.

    Of course I am not a basketball whiz, but in my opinion SAS played us one hell of a game and we in return played them one hell of a game. I thought just a lot of our easy shots just didn't fall last night.

    Just my $0.02 worth.

    by Hg on 3/26/2011 8:13 AM
  24. Vinnie, to bad you missed that game; I postponed my work so I could watch the game and had to "work all night long". I will not harp on Dre ever again. What a blind pass that was. What a game. We had the Valleys and the peaks clear through the game. In fact, I started feeling Bipolar with my terrific high and lows.

    great game.

    by Hg on 3/26/2011 8:18 AM
  25. LOL...
    Great job Batum! It's about time you earn that 'untradeable' title! Amazing how it only takes one game to whipe the slate clean.. Lol

    I'm reading words like 'consistent'.. And scratching my head.. I know he has consistently turned the ball over and been afraid to shoot, causing bad passes leading to those aforementioned turnovers.. I.e... The Lakers game...I know this.. Cuz I have consistently heard M&M talk about how 'he needs to shoot'.

    Last night, I never cheered for Batum harder or louder.. It was well deserved!!

    Player of the game?!?!?! I'd say PLAY of the game!
    Miller HAS to be the player of the game! His leadership thru the game.. His timely steal that gave us a chance.. And of course the fact that in a night.. Where Portland repeatedly had trouble inbounding the ball.. Andres pass/lob was far more difficult and impressive than a catch and release at the rim.

    Keep it up Batum, and Go Blazers!!

    by Blazermaniak on 3/26/2011 8:47 AM
  26. Yeah ,hg,Dre is amazing with the Alley oops.U know,I have always been a huge supporter of Dre.His leadership has been an intangible that doesn't get talked about much.But,We wouldn't be here without him.BIG UPS to my BOIII DRE.

    by DowntownVinnie on 3/26/2011 8:53 AM
  27. Mike Barrett,BTW,Props to "The Wild One ".Did he call that or what? Good stuff.

    by DowntownVinnie on 3/26/2011 9:00 AM
  28. I'm going to hold you to that Hg!

    Another thing about Miller is he has the lost art of the mid range jumper. Everyone falls in love with the 3 point shot and the mid range jumper is a lost art pretty much. We don't have to hit 3s to keep players off of LA, we can hit mid range jumpers and make them pay. Let Miller show the way!

    by mgb on 3/26/2011 9:13 AM
  29. This blog profile pic is me and nic 2 years ago. I knew from the moment portland had him as a rookie, he was going to be more than just a defensive star someday. It is amazing to see him grow from just being out there to stop the other teams star player, to now having plays drawn up for him all game long, and especially the last play of the game! Huge credit to Andre though!! He is the vetran leadership on this team, assuring the ball was going to be advanced with 0.9, and to make a clutch lob pass like that when he couldn't even see this rim is BIG!! Another amazing team win. If this team continues to mold like this and play with thisw amount of heart in the playoffs, we will sky rocket out of the first round!!

    Herr: Happy early 21st B day! Be safe lol .. lets get a big win in OKC!!

    by CGblazerFAN1 on 3/26/2011 9:53 AM
  30. MGB: I would have to agree with the mid-range jumper, Even I could do that in high school when I was wide open, and I was noted for my lousy shooting, and poor BB skills. Last night I have to give a lot of credit to SAS defense on LMA, but I think your idea of making them pay is more reliable then shooting spot up 3's all the time, especially since we are still not very good at it.

    by Hg on 3/26/2011 9:55 AM
  31. Vinnie, I remembered one of the Mike's saying a back pick and a lob to the basket, but I was too excited to remember who, I just thought he meant LMA. That was a great call by Mike R.

    by Hg on 3/26/2011 9:58 AM
  32. Anybody that thinks Batum wasn't fouled on that putback attempt, go to
    http://www.blazersedge.com/2011/3/25/2073054/game-72-recap-blazers-98-spurs-96-highlight-finish-of-the-season#comments and look at the picture that tells all.

    by Hg on 3/26/2011 10:08 AM
  33. Mike B what a game that was . My wife and I went to the spurs game back on feb 1 that was a good game also. But this one was way better. I hope we can win Monday at san antiono . I hope its not like when Miami went to san antiono and got blown out. So awesome game good job Batum good luck sunday. I will be watching

    by jyp on 3/26/2011 10:57 AM
  34. it was a great sequence of plays at the end. Andre's steal, Wesley's steal, Nicolas' clutch free throws and then ... wow!

    glad to see us use Brandon as the decoy and even LaMarcus as well, on that final play. Poppovich is a great coach, but there's no way he cold have planned to defend Nicolas as the number one option. very intelligent play on Nate's part, and perfect execution by the entire team on that play, particularly Andre and Nicolas.

    it seemed as though we would get close or even tie, then the spurs would hit a few shots. most of the game seemed king of ugly for us, but i'm glad we could pull out the win. my one complaint is that we didn't seem to exploit the inside with LaMarcus. we should have done that in Duncan's absence.

    not only was it the number one play of the night, but it received a 4.5 on the Horry scale on nba-dot-com (that's the equivalent to a 9 out of 10). the only reason the guy didn't give it a 5.0 was because we were tied and not trailing. here's the link:

    http://allball.blogs.nba.com/2011/03/26/nicolas-batum-how-do-you-rate-on-the-horry-scale/#comment-5873

    i know the road doesn't get any easier for us, but we should feel good about our chances against any of these teams. we could win all three, but i think we'll win at least two.

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 3/26/2011 12:45 PM
  35. after the game ...

    Michael Holton: "did you really think the play was going to get completed?"
    Nicolas Batum: "Yes."

    love that.

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 3/26/2011 1:34 PM
  36. we should trade batum and 4 other players for chris paul.wtf

    smash okc go blazers

    by Miller on 3/26/2011 1:35 PM
  37. mgb: The rule on a kicked ball is that it must be intentional or at least somewhat instigated by the kicker in order to be called. On that play, Ginobili dribbled the ball off Matthews foot while attempting a crossover move. No intent, no kicked ball.

    Herr: I hate OKC also but for a different reason -- they stole our natural rivalry with Seattle!
    --
    don

    by dgpdx on 3/26/2011 6:54 PM
  38. I hope the Blazers realize than can be champions this year. It's possible. My grandpa always said, if someone wants something bad enough, they'll get it.

    Go Blazers!

    by thedanman on 3/27/2011 5:46 AM
  39. by thedanman on 3/27/2011 5:47 AM
  40. thedanman,

    I don't agree with many of your posts, but I completely agree with your second post.

    by mgb on 3/27/2011 6:23 AM
  41. MGB: I agree with both of thedanman post. Since on my screen the second one is blank.

    Our championship year, no one gave us a chance to get to the play-offs, let alone win a Championship. I don't remember a whole lot, but I remember acquiring a player named Wally (who) Walker that made the big difference. Plus of course Walton was healthy for the first time and that was the biggest difference. (waiting on Greg's health).

    by Hg on 3/27/2011 6:36 AM
  42. That's funny that Wally was the difference.

    by mgb on 3/27/2011 7:12 AM
  43. You don't remember Wally Who

    by Hg on 3/27/2011 7:23 AM
  44. I remember the Who very well, but to say he made the difference is funny. He was barely in the rotation. That is part of the reason he was named the who because no one had heard of him.

    by mgb on 3/27/2011 7:28 AM
  45. MGB:

    1977
    Walton combined with Lucas, Lionel Hollins, Dave Twardzik, Wally Walker and Bob Gross to form the nucleus of a title team in 1977. Portland went 49-33 in the Pacific Division, good for second place behind the Los Angeles Lakers. In the playoffs, the team beat the Chicago Bulls two games to one, and advanced to face the Denver Nuggets, which were dispatched in six contests. Portland then proceeded to sweep the Lakers and Kareem-Abdul-Jabbar before upsetting the favored Philadelphia 76ers and Julius Erving in six games.



    Read more: The History of the Portland Trail Blazers | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/about_5040897_history-portland-trail-blazers.html#ixzz1Hodl1Knt

    by Hg on 3/27/2011 7:52 AM
  46. He must have been the sixth man, the others I know had a lot more part in their success.

    by mgb on 3/27/2011 7:56 AM
  47. We've retired 7 players jerseys, none of them was Wally. Also you saying he made the big difference. Us getting Lucas, now that was a big difference.

    by mgb on 3/27/2011 8:03 AM
  48. This is the stretch where we really find out what this team is made of.They never cease to amaze me when they are being counted out.That's a testament to Sarge , for sure.

    BlazersROCK

    by DowntownVinnie on 3/27/2011 8:09 AM
  49. Btw, Wally's average for Portland's championship year, 9.5 mins, 1.6 rebounds, 5.2 pts a game. Now that is a difference maker. :)

    You need to find somewhere other than Ehow to get your info.

    by mgb on 3/27/2011 8:15 AM
  50. Right But Twardzik sustained an injury and we needed another scorer to help out. but we drafted him in 1976 for a deeper roster. I told you I didn't remember to much but stats doesn't always give facts. And yes Luke and Bill was the team, but read back and you will find that it was the team play and the fast breaks that did other teams in and our bench made the difference. Heck Bill Walton didn't know who Wally was, but he made a big difference in many games regardless of his stats. I remember him mostly from the big fight him and Twardzik got into the next year when he was playing for seattle. He made a big difference in that series also.

    by Hg on 3/27/2011 8:25 AM
  51. I'm sure he did a lot in his 9 mins.

    by mgb on 3/27/2011 8:28 AM
  52. MGB Have you ever heard of defensive players? I don't know the stats on Buck Williams, but I know he didn't score much except on rebounds and put backs.

    by Hg on 3/27/2011 8:29 AM
  53. He was named Who because most people didn't even know he was on the team let alone making a big difference.

    by mgb on 3/27/2011 8:29 AM
  54. Buck Williams was pretty much a double double average, and don't even say his name in the same breath as Wally's.

    by mgb on 3/27/2011 8:33 AM
  55. If we gave a starter 9 minutes of rest when they are fast breaking all the time, that is a very big help, besides that was his average, if you play 18 minute one game and 1 minute the next it still averages out to be about 9 minutes.

    But, back to the original debate, I think it is possible for the Blazers to win it all, they can play good with any team that is in the play-offs and Wallace and getting BRoy back, although they don't get lots of minutes will make a big difference in the play-offs.

    by Hg on 3/27/2011 8:35 AM
  56. MGB: What are you getting so testy about. It all boils down to memory and opinions, I am not really going to get into a long debate about players of the past with only stats to back it up, I remember some of the play of Wally, and it is true I am not a great BB mind, but I enjoyed watching him and I still think he was a great player.

    by Hg on 3/27/2011 8:47 AM
  57. I cant help but wonder if Batum thought of his father, who died of a heart attack on the free throw line when Batum was only 2, while he shot those two awesome free throws! "These are for you dad!"

    by rambartus on 3/27/2011 10:50 AM
  58. Hey Mike B go blazers its snowing at my house at the end of march and what a good night to watch the game go blazers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by jyp on 3/27/2011 2:34 PM
  59. Jeez. I'm so shocked. Who woulda thought the game would have poor late game officiating? Hmm, I wonder. Yet again, it happens. Yet again, Monty McCutchen screws over the Blazers.

    Remember the 09 series? Game 4? Yeah. Saw some glimps of that today.

    by Herr on 3/27/2011 10:55 PM
  60. "Most times you can look at a loss and try to take a positive out of it to keep your head up," said Wallace, after playing his best game in a Blazers uniform. "But in this situation, at this stage of the season, there's nothing positive about this. This was a game we should have won."

    What more can you say?

    Go Blazers!

    by thedanman on 3/28/2011 12:45 AM
  61. MGB, thanks for commenting on the blank post. That was very brave, constructive, and insightful.

    by thedanman on 3/28/2011 1:42 AM
  62. Thanks thedanman, I try to do my part.

    by mgb on 3/28/2011 3:22 AM
  63. Kassadra's favorite mantra of you have to play 48 minutes is true again. Someone forgot to tell the Blazers the 2nd quarter started and they were never able to make it up.

    by Ancientone on 3/28/2011 8:12 AM
  64. Hmm.. What was that I was saying about Batum and turnovers?

    Weird..

    I think we saw some proof.. Nt that Batum is a very necessary player..

    But, that the starting lineup should most definitely be:
    Miller
    Wesley
    Wallace
    Aldridge
    Camby

    by Blazermaniak on 3/28/2011 8:22 AM
  65. BOOM BOOM BATUM!!!
    get it the booms are for the free throws and the Batum is for the win!

    by oreocookies28 on 4/22/2011 4:56 PM
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